Meh. Standard elliptical detective fiction wherein opening crime may or may not be resolved, and during the course of investigation into same, other crimes, both on investigator's micronarrative as well as setting macronarrative, come to some sort of resolution.
Novelty is the layers of jewish mysticism and chess theory through which narrative is filtered. I don't know anything about that stuff. Setting is variation of [b:The Man in the High Castle|216363|The Man in the High Castle|Philip K. Dick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347388495s/216363.jpg|2398287], left however largely undeveloped.
Oddly presents Alaskan Jews as getting into disputes with natives, even to the extent where some jewish settlers build on "disputed land," causing a bombing and riot (43), because "Jews want living space" (id.). Therefore appears to adopt Herzl's rationale that Jews carry the seeds of anti-semitism with them anywhere they go.
Twists and turns of one secret agent recalls some of the espionage narrative in [b:The Secret War Against the Jews|58727|The Secret War Against the Jews How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People|John Loftus|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312014336s/58727.jpg|57191].
A fortutious correspondence of cause: "I hate this lamentable excuse for a world" (85).
Chabon is more than proficient, so much cleverness in the prose and slick turns of phrase, too many to list out.
Recommended for macrocephalic gentiles, those who don't fit into the taxonomy of lowlifes, and persons born pregnant.