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ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529417968

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Mexico in the 1970s is a dangerous country, even for Maite, a secretary who spends her life seeking the romance found in cheap comic books and ignoring the activists protesting around the city. When her next-door neighbor, the beautiful art student Leonora, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman-and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

‘An amazing writer’ S.A. Cosby, bestselling author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears

Mexico in the 1970s is a politically fraught land, even for Elvis, a goon with a passion for rock ‘n’ roll who knows more about kidney-smashing than intrigue. When Elvis is assigned to find Leonora, he begins a blood-soaked search for the woman-and his soul.

‘A page-turning read full of colour and action’ THE INDEPENDENT

Swirling in parallel trajectories, Maite and Elvis attempt to discover the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, encountering hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies. Because Mexico in the 1970s is a noir, where life is cheap and the price of truth is high.

Velvet Was the Night: an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes.

Reviews

A genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today
CHARLIE JANE ANDERS, award-winning author of The City in the Middle of the Night
A chameleon writer with incredible writing skills
KIRKUS
Moreno-Garcia keeps the suspense high and the action intense, all while sharing a bit of 1970s Mexican history in this perfectly pitched novel. Fans of Moreno-Garcia's other novels will relish this title, as will noir aficionados and readers who like stories about everymen - and women - rising to the occasion
LIBRARY JOURNAL (Starred Review) on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Moreno-Garcia, the author of acclaimed and bestselling speculative novels, including Mexican Gothic (2020), returns to noir crime fiction with a winner that brings together a romance-fiction obsessed secretary and a lovelorn enforcer during the brutally suppressed student riots in 1970s Mexico City. Their stories of danger and passion run side by side in an enveloping narrative that is at once dark and bright. Despite their failings, readers will be rooting for them and hoping they find some happiness, and, maybe, even, each other.
BOOKLIST (Starred Review) on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Velvet Was the Night cements Silvia Moreno-Garcia's incredible versatility as an amazing writer who moves between genres effortlessly. A lush, magnificent trip into a world of danger and discovery. Not to be missed!
S.A. COSBY, Anthony Award-winning author of BLACKTOP WASTELAND and RAZORBLADE TEARS, on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Velvet Was the Night is a rollicking work of historical noir with a vivid sense of time and place and an unforgettable cast. Moreno-Garcia made me care deeply about her characters and their dangerous, riveting misadventures. This is a stylish, hard-boiled novel painted in shades of grey with a whole lot of heart.
STEPH CHA, author of YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY, on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes you into the gritty underworld noir of 1970s Mexico City with a propulsive read where no one and nothing is as it seems.
ISABELLA MALDONADO, bestselling author of THE CIPHER, on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Velvet Was The Night is a treat to be savoured, a dizzying combination of American and Mexican Noir written in the most individual of voices.
BARRY FORSHAW, Financial Times, on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
It's hard to describe how much fun this novel is - Moreno-Garcia, whose Mexican Gothic (2020) gripped readers last year, proves to be just as good at noir as she is at horror. The novel features memorable characters, taut pacing, an intricate plot, and antiheroes you can't help but root for. A noir masterpiece.
KIRKUS (Starred Review), on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
A rich novel with an engrossing plot, distinctive characters, and a pleasing touch of romance. Readers won't be able to put it down.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, (Starred Review), on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
Velvet Was the Night is a delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a who pulls you into her dark world and never lets you go. From the suspenseful, slow-burn plot to the crisp, desperate characters, you will be obsessed.
SIMONE ST. JAMES, New York Times-bestselling author of THE SUN DOWN MOTEL, on VELVET WAS THE NIGHT
You'll be pulled into the tale with spies, romance, danger and rock 'n' roll
NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE
Sexy and simmering
E! ONLINE
Pacy enough to keep you hooked - as it reaches its climax, so will your heart rate
Cosmopolitan
A page-turning read full of colour and action
THE INDEPENDENT
Within this rich world and character is a tense thriller that builds as the book reaches its climax... touches of John Le Carre espionage
SFBOOK REVIEWS
An evocative historical crime noir that quietly simmers with underlying danger and suspense
CULTUREFLY
An enthralling tale that's as fun as it is mysterious... The characters are fascinating, the tone lush and romantic, and it's all wrapped up in a mystery with twists and turns one likely won't see coming... [Silvia Moreno-Garcia is] the sort of author whose works automatically end up on your 'must read' list
USA TODAY
An absolute flex...[Velvet Was The Night] left me marveling at what kind of sorceress Moreno-Garcia must be as she reworks genre after genre, weaving in Mexican history and culture, satisfying familiar cravings without resorting to mere pastiche. The most tantalizing suspense of all comes with wondering what she'll do next
SLATE
The author's previous novel, Mexican Gothic, turned the screw on the traditional ghost story; here she gleefully pries hard-boiled noir from the cold, white hands of Chandler and Hammett
OPRAH DAILY
An adrenalized, darkly romantic journey
THE WASHINGTON POST
Moreno-Garcia has written a note-perfect noir, complete with rainy nights and harsh shadows, crackly records and lingering cigarette smoke... a delectable feast of a story
THE TORONTO STAR
With deft plotting and lush scene-setting (and more than a little romance!), Velvet Was the Night is an edgy noir that is as escapist as it is politically provocative
PLOUGHSHARES
Through precise, accessible yet poetic prose, these characters instantly come alive, and when they begin venturing into Mexico City's darker corners, we are eager to follow them. The result is another triumph for one of genre fiction's brightest voices
BookPage
Moreno-Garcia proves her prowess as a historical fiction powerhouse again
BUZZFEED
Brutal, stylish, and infused with the passions of the times, Velvet Was the Night is a perfect political thriller
CRIMEREADS
Moreno-Garcia breaks the Latinx stereotypes of the poor immigrant, the sexy Latina, or the delinquent in the media by providing a microscopic examination of the characters in this noir novel... At its core, Velvet Was the Night is a novel about the clashes of Mexico's political and cultural landscape of the '70s. Moreno-Garcia uses the tropes of a romance novel juxtaposed with noir to create dissonance, just like how the student protests created ripples in Mexico that still reverberate to this very day
ELECTRIC LITERATURE
[Velvet was the Night] does more than just give a taste of the noir we all know and love; it brings to light the cruelty and fear present for those living in 1970s Mexico City, giving the reader a glimpse of how suppression of civil rights and fear of the government can lead an innocent woman into the scariest days of her life... maybe you read Velvet Was the Night for the romantic plot or its modern take on noir fiction, but you'll walk away with a memorable snapshot of an ordinary Mexican citizen's life during the political unrest of the 1970s
BOOKTRIB
[A] riveting neo-noir thriller
BOOKRIOT
Moreno-Garcia's characters always feel like real people that could walk through the door at any moment. You learn so much about their likes and dislikes, flaws and perfections, that by the time you reach the last page you mourn the profound loss of their voices on the page
YOUR MONEY GEEK
A dazzling noir
POPSUGAR
[A] can't-miss follow-up to Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic
HARPERS BAZAAR
Romantic, eccentric and violent, this is a perfect example of neo-noir
THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB
Moreno-Garcia is a magician able to switch genres with ease . . . a superb noir thriller
THE OBSERVER
A page-turning read full of colour and action
THE INDEPENDENT
This fascinating tale skilfully weaves the history and politics of the period
THE SUNDAY POST
An assured piece of historical fiction, as well as a slice of noir
SHOTS MAGAZINE
Within this rich world and character is a tense thriller that builds as the book reaches its climax . . . touches of John Le Carre espionage
SFBOOK REVIEWS
[Velvet was the Night] is a noir with a heart of gold, and it's a narrative in which the empathy we feel for its characters ultimately reveals an important truth: That Moreno-Garcia is not only a talented storyteller but also an incredibly versatile one
NPR
Intelligent, sexy, and highly entertaining . . . The perfect summer indulgence, this book leaves the reader keyed up, breathless, and eager for more of what Moreno-Garcia has to offer
THE CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS