Vera Kelly is not a Mystery nor a spy anymore. In fact, she has quit the CIA and is free-lancing as a private detective. After all, where else can she use her spy skills?
Business is slow until she gets a missing person case. Mr. Ibarra is looking for his fourteen-year-old grand-nephew, Felix. When Felix’ caretaker died three years ago, Felix was sucked into the child protective system. As a Dominican refugee, Felix used an unknown false name. Vera takes the case and is sucked into Dominican politics and the life of refugees in the US.
It’s 1967 and knowledge still has to be acquired the old fashioned way by infiltrating a boy’s group home and talking to people. The chaotic backdrop of the Vietnam War and the corresponding war protests ratchets up the tension.
Vera Kelly is not a Mystery is a great atmospheric story. It is hard not to see our current issues being portrayed on the page. This book is perfect for thriller, noir, and historical fiction fans. 4 stars!
Thanks to Tin House Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.