The brilliantly original new novel from Michael Chabon, author of 'TheAdventures of Kavalier and Clay' and 'The Final Solution'. What if, asFranklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska -- and not Israel -- had becomethe homeland for the Jews after World War II? In Michael Chabon'sYiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breechesroam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers thecorpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home.Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold,leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from theCosa Nostra -- but behind Rebbe looms an even larger shadow!Despitesensible protests from Berko, his half-Tlingit, half-Jewish partner, Meyeris determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that meanssurrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka's homicideunit -- also known as his fearsome ex-wife, Bina. 'The Yiddish Policemen'sUnion' interweaves an homage to the stylish menace of 1940s noir with abittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossalambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writersworking today.