Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

(Fiction, 414 pp. 2007)

It’s bad enough that the Jewish mini-state established in Alaska for survivors of Hitler is about to revert to US control after sixty years. Now Yiddish-speaking cop Meyer Landsman has to solve a tragic murder that pits him against his ex-wife boss, an assortment of odd relatives, and a swarm of corrupt Hasidim with apocalyptic dreams.