Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Read by Gisela Chípe
An Ingeniously Plotted Noir Thriller
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Narrator Gisela Chípe successfully juggles the many characters and subplots in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Velvet Was the Night, set in 1970s Mexico. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss the fun of listening to this mystery from the author of the bestselling Mexican Gothic. The story focuses on Maite, a lonely secretary with an active imagination, and Elvis, a conflicted enforcer for a group of thugs paid by the government to keep down student protests and civil unrest. Maite’s life takes a thrilling turn when the neighbor she agrees to cat-sit for never returns. An artful narration by Chípe and an ingeniously plotted thriller by Moreno-Garcia make this prime listening.
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