"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
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.
Selected for the inaugural Fence Modern Prize in Prose by Rivka Galchen.
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A weight-loss miracle. A dashing gay architect. A talking cat.
What could possibly go wrong?
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Brody's skepticism ...