Detective solves the murder of a possible Messiah while grieving more than one struggle in his own life. The story seemed to be a continuation of the Jewish exile and diaspora in 1948 Alaska. Chabon's numerous, clever, original, witty metaphors make up for the multiple Jewish terms and rarely heard of, yet actual, geographic areas.
Positive ending, everything is solved. Steady suspense. Interesting use of chess strategies to help solve the murder. Chabon is a masterful writer. Four, of five, stars.

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