Velvet Was the Night

Velvet Was the Night


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a “delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir” about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they’re both desperate to find.

1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.

Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When 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.

Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance—and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.

Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.

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

Title:Velvet Was the Night
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  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Velvet Was the Night is my seventh novel. It's historical and noir. There is no SFF element. What is noir?This is a noir, not a thriller. Both genres get confused. The stakes in noirs are smaller. Nin...

  • Robin

    ↠ 5 starsIt’s 1971, and in Mexico City, a quiet secretary becomes embroiled in a complicated plot linked to the political unrest currently transforming the town. All Maite wants is to escape into ...

  • jessica

    SMG is exactly right when she says this is a historical noir novel. while the heart of this story is a mystery, and one thats no stranger to violence, the stakes do feel low and the pacing is on the s...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Why I kept falling in love with the book covers of Silvia Moreno Garcia’s! Isn’t this one gorgeous? Mexican Gothic’s cover is still my favorite but this smoky, mysterious vibes of the cover and ...

  • daph pink ?

    How come I didn't knew this is happening this year?I mean I promised myself to read every book by Silvia Moreno-Gracia after Mexican Gothic.Disappointed in myself.😢...

  • megs_bookrack

    ARC received. Thank you, Del Rey! I'm so happy!!!Original:Velvet Was the Night cover reveal has me like...I've said it before, but I'll say it again, put a beautiful woman with sunglasses on a cover a...

  • Elle

    I’m not even sure how I got ahold of an ARC of this book. In a year full of incredible releases this was easily in my top 3 most anticipated of 2021. Luckily my good friends Natalie and Carmen also ...

  • Jenny Lawson

    4.5 stars. I feel bad not giving this 5 stars because if you like noir it is absolutely a 5 star read. I don't love noir but I love Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I enjoyed the book in spite of the genre an...

  • Whitney Erwin

    First off, I have to say the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I love it so much. This is my 2nd SMG book, I read Mexican Gothic and loved it. Going into this one, I knew it was a different g...

  • Dennis

    Do not go into Velvet Was The Night thinking that you'll be getting the gothic horror and magic of Mexican Gothic, because you'll be disappointed. Taking place in 1970s Mexico, we follow two centr...