Criminal Kabbalah: An Intriguing Anthology of Jewish Mystery and Detective Fiction: 0

Author:

Lawrence W. Raphael

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Laurie King

Publisher:

Jewish Lights

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Publisher

Jewish Lights

Publication Year 2001
ISBN-13

9781580231091

ISBN-10 1580231098
Binding

Paperback

Edition First
Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 15.24 x 1.83 x 22.86
Weight (grms) 376

This anthology, a sequel to Mystery Midrash (1999), features 12 new crime stories on Jewish themes by some well-known genre authors. The quality of the stories varies from Sandra Levy Ceren's rather unimaginative "Silver Is Better than Gold," in which a Jewish Chinese psychologist is told by one of her clients that he is a target for murder, to Stuart Kaminsky's compelling "Thy Brother's Blood," in which a neo-Nazi on Death Row leaves a Talmudic riddle for a lawyer who once defended him. Overall, the stories effectively combine Jewish content with the traditional conventions of detective fiction. Laurie King provides a clever foreword in which a fascinating connection is made between Jewish mysticism and crime writing, and editor Raphael's introduction offers perceptive commentary on the origins of mystery stories in Jewish literature. A useful collection of ethnic crime fiction. Ilene Cooper

Lawrence W. Raphael

Lawrence W. Raphael is a rabbi and author as well as the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. He has written articles about Jewish identity in detective fiction, and lives in San Francisco, California.

Laurie King

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