Kevin Wood / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
By Michael Chabon
HarperCollins, 411 pages, 26.95 dollars
A hard-drinking, broken-down-but-tough-as-nails detective investigating the murder of a junkie in a fleabag hotel soon finds there is more to the case than meets the eye. With just his .45, a few wisecracks and lot of stubbornness, the tarnished hero unravels a conspiracy that reaches from the mean streets to the corridors of power.