Who Is Vera Kelly? (Paperback)

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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.

— From Javier's Picks


New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA.

Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams.

When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself. An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781947793019
ISBN-10: 1947793012
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English