The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Paperback)
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 03/03/2008
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The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY and WONDER BOYS. What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska - and not Israel - had become the homeland for the Jews after the Second World War? In Michael Chabon's Yiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra. Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka's homicide unit - his fearsome ex-wife Bina. A novel of colossal ambition and heart, THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007150939

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“The Yiddish Policemen's Union”

This is a wonderfully crafted confection that needs a wider audience. The whole concept is so beguiling as to ensnare one's psyche from the very first page. The characterisations are well drawn and honest and... More

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4th September 2008
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“The Yiddish Policemen's Union”

An amazing book chock-full of some of the most imaginative and best-written passages I have ever come across. The premise is crazy - the Jews have been given their homeland in Alaska and have developed into a society... More

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25th January 2009
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