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Full Name: Vera Kelly
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Rosalie Knecht
Time Span: 2018 - 2022


Vera Kelly is an agent with the CIA.

The year we first start following the activity of Kelly is 1966 which makes the fact that she is a field operative quite unique, considering her sex and the predominantly male dominated Agency of that era. Toss in the fact that she is working on her own on the other side of the planet, living and operating as she is doing in Buenos Aires, and her occupation and employment become even more interesting.

     And then there is fact that Kelly is a lesbian. Since in most states in the country at the time of her employment that inclination is illegal and since the background security check on her would absolutely have brought that out, her job and assignment becomes even more noteworthy.

Kelly is 25 years old on that initial meeting. She has been living in Argentina for just a short time, taking as her cover identity that of a Canadian student studying abroad.

     She has been with the Agency for over three years when we first meet. She was recruited based on her skills with electronics, especially being able to operate as well as repair things like small listening devices, and her language talents, speaking French and Spanish with ease. She must be good with the latter because while she is not taken as a native in Argentina, the first guess of her origin is Brazil, not somewhere in North America.

     Kelly's life will change quite a bit over time. Her employment with the Agency will come to an end and she will take up private investigation as a trade to make a living. She will continue, though, to have a very interesting life that is fascinating to follow.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2022

1 Who Is Vera Kelly? Who Is Vera Kelly?
Written by Rosalie Knecht
Copyright: 2018

"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."
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2 Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery
Written by Rosalie Knecht
Copyright: 2020

"When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it's over, she'll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what's right in front of her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar."
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3 Vera Kelly: Lost and Found Vera Kelly: Lost and Found
Written by Rosalie Knecht
Copyright: 2022

It is Spring, 1971. Vera Kelly joins her girlfriend, Max, on a trip to LA to visit Max's estranged family and deal with the apparent messy divorce Max's parents are having. In addition to the expected problems there is a matter of the occultist, St. James, who is charming and also likely a thief. When Max goes missing, Vera must put her detective skills to use in a search that will put her to a major life test.
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     As of this writing, there are two novels dealing with Vera Kelly. Normally I would have stated it that there were two adventures about her but the term 'novel' feels a whole lot more appropriate. 'Adventures' make it sound like her life is constant thrills and excitement and it is not. 'Novel', to me, implies a story more devoted to the person and the environment in which he/she exists and that is what we find with the Kelly stories.

     Now, to make sure I do not give an incorrect idea, I want to stress that Vera Kelly is a spy and most of what she does is related to that occupation. However, it is often a backdrop to her life.

     Kelly's homosexuality plays a vital role in her life but it does not dominate her existence.

     It is vital to understand that Kelly's stories are not that of a lesbian James Bond, leaping from one woman's bed to another. Kelly is a lesbian, yes. She is also a CIA operative with a mission. And she is a human being trying to take her life one day at a time.


My Grade: B+


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