WORD Presents Rosalie Knecht

06/21/2022 - 7:00pm


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About the Book

Everyone’s favorite sleuth—Vera Kelly—is back and put to the test as she searches for her missing girlfriend.

It’s spring 1971 and Vera Kelly and her girlfriend, Max, leave their cozy Brooklyn apartment for an emergency visit to Max’s estranged family in Los Angeles. Max’s parents are divorcing—her father is already engaged to a much younger woman and under the sway of an occultist charlatan; her mother has left their estate in a hurry with no indication of return. Max, who hasn’t seen her family since they threw her out at the age of twenty-one, prepares for the trip with equal parts dread and anger. 

Upon arriving, Vera is shocked by the size and extravagance of the Comstock estate—the sprawling, manicured landscape; expansive and ornate buildings; and garages full of luxury cars reveal a privileged upbringing that, up until this point, Max had only hinted at—while Max attempts to navigate her father, who is hostile and controlling, and the occultist, St. James, who is charming but appears to be siphoning family money. Tensions boil over at dinner when Max threatens to alert her mother—and her mother’s lawyers—to St. James and her father’s plans using marital assets. The next morning, when Vera wakes up, Max is gone.

In Vera Kelly Lost and Found, Rosalie Knecht gives Vera her highest-stake case yet, as Vera quickly puts her private detective skills to good use and tracks a trail of breadcrumbs across southern California to find her missing girlfriend. She travels first to a film set in Santa Ynez and, ultimately, to a most unlikely destination where Vera has to decide how much she is willing to commit to save the woman she loves.


About the Author

Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who Is Vera Kelly?Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery, winner of the Edgar Award / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; as well as Relief Map; and a translation of César Aira’s The Seamstress and the Wind. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

About Rosalie's Conversation Partner 
JANE PEK was born and grew up in Singapore. She holds a BA from Yale University, a JD from the New York University School of Law, and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn ReviewWitnessConjunctions, Literary Hub, and twice in The Best American Short Stories. She currently lives in New York, where she works as a lawyer at a global investment company.


Vera Kelly: Lost and Found By Rosalie Knecht Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534163
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Tin House Books - June 21st, 2022

A New York Times and CrimeReads Best Mystery Novel of 2022

A Star Tribune Best Book of Summer & an Autostraddle Best Queer Book of 2022

A Book Riot and ALTA Journal Best Book of the Month

Finalist for the Publishing Triangle Joseph Hansen Award for LGBTQ Crime Writing

The Verifiers By Jane Pek Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593313794
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 22nd, 2022

ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S BEST MYSTERY BOOKS OF THE YEAR Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing....

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RSVP for Rosalie Knecht, June 21, 2022

RSVP below for WORD Presents Rosalie Knecht, author of VERA KELLY: LOST & FOUND on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 7PM

In person at WORD JC, 29 McWilliams Pl, Jersey City, NJ. 

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