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The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Policemen's Union is set in the fictional Federal District of Sitka, a temporary Jewish homeland on the Alaskan panhandle created by Congress after the collapse of Israel in 1948. It's been an isolated community ignored by the rest of the country, but after 60 years, it's about to revert to being part of Alaska. Homicide detective Meyer Landsman finds his life in disarray. His sister has died in a freak airplane accident and his wife has left him. He's living in a seedy hotel when a man in another room is found murdered. The man was a heroin addict and chess genius with unanswered questions about his past. As Landsman, along with his half-Tlingit partner, investigates the crime, his police superiors (which include his ex-wife) order him to shut down his investigation. Feeling like he has nothing left to lose, Landsman presses on to find truths others would prefer not be known. Michael Chabon's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Seattle Times calling it "a tour-de-force of fiction."