The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

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For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.


About Michael Chabon

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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves In Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and the middle-grade book Summerland. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Published January 24, 2012 by Harper. 435 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Atlantic

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Strange Horizons

John Burdett, in his Bangkok novels, and the late Batya Gur, in her Michael Ohayon series, both use their detectives as tour guides, just as Chabon does, but the territories they explore are modern—and whereas an author of straight alternate history might have felt free to extrapolate changes and...

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Literary Kicks

Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a blend of Jewish folklore with detective fiction, a sort of Saul Bellow meets Raymond Chandler.

May 21 2007 | Read Full Review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Baby Got Books

I’ve tried mightily not to tell too much of the story (that’s the fun of reading the book), not to reveal what I think it all means (especially as it may reveal something about my psyche), and not to talk too much about things external to the book that have been the focus of too many other review...

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