Words cant describe how much I love this book. Totally came across it by chance, and it blew my mind.
It's very hard for me to describe the plot without giving tons away, but I'll give it a shot.
It is set in an Alternative-reality where the Jews immigrated in Sitka, Alaska, in 1941 and established a permanent settlement there. Isreal was destroyed in 1948 and Sitka sort of became the new Isreal.
Its written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Micheal Chambon and it details the investigation of Detective Meyer Landsman into the killing of a heroin addict. The addict lives in the same hotel as him, and he feels that he owes it to the man to catch his killer. Things get a bit bizarre as the Detective attemps to unravel the strange chess-game that the addict was in the middle of just before he was killed, and things get even stranger as Landsman succeeds in uncovering the dead man's identity; without giving too much away, the Zionists are involved in a very bad way.
The guys is a marvellous writer, and, reading it again after learning what Zionism actually was, I was really surprised at how this guy, who is Jewish, basically hit it right on the mark and showed it for what it is.
It sounds like a dark story, but it is actually filled with some of the best humour I've ever seen in a book.
If you're looking for something different, give it a go! One of my favs without a doubt.