By Adam Lebor, December 3, 2009
By Rich Cohen
Jonathan Cape, £15.99
Rich Cohen clearly likes tough Jews. His first book — actually called Tough Jews — was a study of Jewish gangsters in New York in the early 20th century.
Those tough Jews were followed by more in The Avengers, which recounted the story of three Jewish partisans in Lithuania, one of them his cousin.
Like many Jewish writers, Cohen is fascinated by the tension between the careful studiousness of the People of the Book, their devotion to family and good works, and their shtarker — tough guy — darker side.