This week Abby focused on the novels of SOHO Crime. Last Wednesday they did a program for us, so we thought we’d revisit some of the titles they highlighted. To quote from their site: “At Soho Crime, we have a motto: Crime has no time zone."
Best known for their atmospheric international and multicultural literary crime fiction, their titles feature parts of the world frequently overlooked by mainstream publishing. Some of their most popular series whisk readers away to China, Laos, Northern Ireland, Australia, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Denmark, and Palestine. Their books blend social consciousness and political awareness as they entertain a growing readership. One of their June releases looks especially intriguing. Innocence by Heda Kovaly is a “rediscovered gem of Czech literature, a crime novel by renowned Holocaust memoirist Heda Margolius Kovaly, depicts a chilling moment in history, redolent with the stifling atmosphere of political and personal oppression of the early days of Socialist Czechoslovakia. In 1985, Czech Holocaust memoirist, literary translator, and political exile Heda Margolius Kovaly turned her pen to fiction. Inspired by the stories of Raymond Chandler, Kovaly knit her own terrifying experiences in early 1950s Socialist Prague -- her husband's imprisonment and wrongful execution, her own persecution at his disgrace -- into a gorgeous psychological thriller-cum-detective novel.” Abby also recommended: