The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Review

The Yiddish Policemen's Union coverThe Yiddish Policemen’s Union, by Michael Chabon – Highly Recommended! Chabon is a wonderful wordsmith. He comes up with some of the most fantastic turns of phrase, which made this book a delight to read, despite the setting, theme and depressed lead character.

This book is set in an alternate timeline where the Nazis won WWII and Jews had a rough time finding places in the world where they could live. Some of them landed in Alaska. The main story is set in this community in the modern day, and the lead character is a divorced, depressed, alcoholic police detective investigating the death of a junkie, which he believes was murder. As everyone tells him to stop looking into what’s obviously just an overdose, he gets more determined that he’s right. It’s an incredibly engaging story, and as I mentioned his very sentences can be a delight to read.