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The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

Author(s): Michael Chabon

Location(s): Alaska

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): 1990s/2000s

The novel supposes that in 1940 the American Congress passed the Sitka Settlement Act to allow persecuted Jews of Europe to seek refuge, in Alaska, and that they would access to this land for 60 years. A book redolent with Jewish culture and Yiddish “speak”. Meyer Landsman, a Jewish cop, hasn’t had a successful life to date and is living on vodka and cigarettes in a hostel. A body in the same hostel turns his life around as he races to discover the murderer against the political clock ticking loudly in the background.

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