Chabon's writing style is almost like a verbal assault especially with his over the top characters and caricatures ala Chandler. The funny thing is that he pulls it off. This is good detective noir. Which makes me cringe in also calling it science fiction but it is alternative history.While I found some of the main characters alarming in what seems their constant antagonistic attitudes I found myself caring for them as I learned why they were this way. The richness of The Yiddish Policeman's Union is in it's characters. The mystery is almost an added bonus and in and of itself was well done and very surprising. I love a story well told and a story well told with such idiosyncrasies so well enmeshed really tickled my literary funny bone. The alternate world mixed Yiddish culture was simply fascinating.