Screen Shot 2014-12-25 at 6.23.12 PMBy Tod Goldberg. After killing 3 FBI agents in the first pages of this book, Chicago hit man Sal is spirited out to Las Vegas, where he is given a new identity as a reform Rabbi. Sounds a bit of a nutty premise, but makes for a great read. At heart a crime novel, but with the soul of a philosophical look at religion, this one is worth reading. It’s hard to say much more without giving things away, but it was the most original crime book I’ve read all year — even more so than “I Am Pilgrim,” which I loved.

Howard Morgan

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