— From Javier's Picks
Set in Buenos Aires during the 1966 Argentine Revolution, Who Is Vera Kelly? follows an intrepid young CIA operative put in charge of infiltrating a group of Marxist college students, armed with only a recording device and her instinctive wits about her. Rosalie Knecht paints a tense Buenos Aires vividly, while presenting Vera's origin story in vignettes throughout the novel, from teenage rebellion in Maryland to sexual self discovery in underground Brooklyn jazz clubs as a closeted lesbian. The end result is a cold war novel worthy of a spot next to Le Carre, Furst and Ambler on any bookshelf and will have you wondering what's next for Vera Kelly.
An NPR Best Book of the Year
"Gripping, subtle, magnificently written." --The New York Times Book Review
"A delectable page-turner . . . Vera Kelly introduces a fascinating new spy to literature's mystery canon--one we hope sticks around long beyond this snappy, intimate debut." --Entertainment Weekly