Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

In an alternate history where the US created a 'Pale of Settlement' for Jews after World War II in a desolate corner of Alaska, Yiddish is spoken, ultra-Orthodox gangsters control the islands and a lonely detective tries to solve the murder of a neighbor he barely knew. No ordinary crime novel, Chabon's language is extraordinarily rich and the setting imaginative and evocative.

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