1. Home
  2. Books & Music
  3. Fiction
  4. Innocence; Or, Murder on Steep Street

Innocence; Or, Murder on Steep Street


This rediscovered masterpiece captures the chilling paranoia of the early days of communist Czechoslovakia.  Author Heda Margolius Kovaly, a Czech writer and translator, was born in 1919 in Prague to Jewish parents. Her crime novel, Innocence, is based in large part on her own experiences in early 1950’s Prague.

1950’s Prague is a city of numerous daily terrors, of political tyranny, corruption and surveillance. There is no way of knowing whether one’s neighbor is spying for the government, or what one’s supposed friend will say to a State Security agent under pressure. A loyal Party member might be imprisoned or executed as quickly as a traitor; innocence means nothing for a person caught in a government trap. When a little boy is murdered at a cinema, the ensuing investigation sheds a little too much light on the personal lives of the cinema’s female ushers, each of whom is hiding a dark secret of her own.

In stock

SKU: 9545 Categories: ,

Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 5 × 1 in

You may also like…