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Velvet Was the Night Hardcover – Aug. 17 2021

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“[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

“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
 
“Moreno-Garcia proves her prowess as a historical fiction powerhouse again.”
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“Immensely satisfying, refreshingly new and gloriously written . . . Moreno-Garcia mashes up Anglocentric genres with midcentury Mexican history, resulting in a brew flavored with love, heartbreak, violence, music and unsettling dread. . . . The gift of this book, and Moreno-Garcia’s storytelling, is how it imbues this well-worn genre with added strength, grace and even musicality.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“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. . . . [Moreno-Garcia is] the sort of author whose works automatically end up on your ‘must-read’ list.”
USA Today
 
“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

“A delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a masterful writer 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

“A lush, magnificent trip into a world of danger and discovery. Not to be missed!”
—S.A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears

“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)

“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)

“It’s hard to describe how much fun this novel is. . . . A noir masterpiece.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A winner that brings together a romance-fiction obsessed secretary and a lovelorn enforcer during the brutally suppressed student riots in 1970s Mexico City.”
Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels Velvet Was the Night, Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and a bunch of other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award–winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu’s Daughters). She has been nominated for the Locus Award for her work as an editor and has won the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award for her work as a novelist.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Del Rey (Aug. 17 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593356829
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593356821
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 522 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.38 x 2.54 x 24.64 cm
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, Velvet Was the Night, Mexican Gothic, and many other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning noir set in Mexico during the Cold War
Reviewed in Canada on September 26, 2021
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an emotionally-charged, character-driven story about two strangers, Maite and El Elvis, as they navigate the confluence of their personal lives and the fraught political situation in 1970s Mexico City. Steeped in the political climate of the cold war and brimming with evocative pop culture references from the era, Velvet Was the Night is not a thriller, as many have mistakenly classified it, but a traditional noir in that its main focus is on the characters’ emotional journeys as they grapple with the psychological impacts of their socio-political and historical context. Moreno-Garcia’s writing is sharp, gritty, and full of wit, and her insight into the psychological lives of the characters as they navigate their political landscape—sometimes unwillingly—was a highlight of the book for me. With novels spanning multiple genres, Moreno-Garcia proves that she is one of the most versatile writers of our time, and I could sing her praises until the end of my days.
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