In this richly atmospheric historical mystery set in 1950s Prague, Carine Montbertrand and Saskia Maarleveld give voice to the author's somewhat biographical story. The murder of a child introduces listeners to a group of female theater ushers who are struggling through the period of political terror. Almost everyone is suspected of spying on his or her neighbors for personal gain. The State hears everything--even if it's untrue. Montbertrand and Maarleveld produce a dark tone while also conveying the laissez-faire façades that the women don to conceal their secrets. Oddly, there is an inconsistency between the two narrators in the pronunciation of a significant supporting character's name, Helena's husband, Karel, which may create slight confusion for listeners when it first occurs. Overall, though, this is a crime story to savor. J.F. [Published: JANUARY 2016]
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2015
CD ISBN 9781490680729 $92.75 Five CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781490692586 $49.75 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781490680736 $83.00
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