Tuesday, March 02, 2010

2010 book 60

Kenneth Wishnia's The Fifth Servant
It's 1592 in Prague and the new scholar/rabbi in town suddenly finds himself having to solve an accused blood libel case before the Jewish community is demolished, with only the help of the famous rabbi Judah Loew and a Christian butcher's daughter. A subplot involving the protagonist's estranged wife feels completely superfluous, and the end wrapped up fairly messily, but the historical stuff was great. B/B+.

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