The Yiddish Policemen's Union

  • by Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by Peter Riegert
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 60 years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the federal district of Sitka, a temporary safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the district is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.
Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the district police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder - right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.
At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.

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Beyond Noir

I loved this book. Chabon's phrasing and descriptive written make me want to write again. While reading this book I found myself looking at the world around me and trying to describe it they way Chabon describes the world he creates in Sitka. I will be looking for more novels by Michael Chabon.
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- Tim J. Wilhelm

Great Book, great narration

This is an amazing book about an alternative future in which Jews are settled temporarily in the area of Sitka Alaska. Imagine Raymond Chandler meets Shalom Aleichem. Peter Riegert does a great job with the narration , an audio book classic.
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- Amazon Customer "I'm a forensic psychologist living in Portsmouth NH."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio