Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is in 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 his superiors that the case is to be dropped immediately. Landsman finds himself contending with 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.