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Why Jewish Crime and Mystery?

From the time I was young, I was curious about "subcultures" of American Judaism. Having grown up in Miami, I heard East European Jews playing balalaikas in South Beach parks, drove down Washington Avenue past Hasidic families with broods of children and went to school with Cuban Jews whose synagogues rang with prayers and songs in unfamiliar tongues.  The Miami newspapers ran titallating stories about criminals with names like Lansky and Schwartz, whom I eventually learned were Jewish gangsters.

So it's not surprising that when I began writing mystery and crime novels, my thoughts turned to the communities of my childhood. My first book, The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter, is based, to some extent, on stories I heard growing up. The Hasidic families who now play a prominent role in South Florida's cultural landscape planted the seed of an idea for my next book, tentatively entitled Unchosen. My third novel will likely explore the world of the Jewish Cubans who arrived in Miami after Castro's rise to power.  Who knows what's next? I can't wait to find out.

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A woman's life is endangered when she delves into her father's past as a member of the Jewish syndicate. The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter explores the colorful and precarious world of  the 1940s- and 1950s-era "kosher nostra" in Miami and New York.

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Explore South Florida’s civil rights era through the eyes of a cantankerous Miami Jewish businessman coping with radical changes to his hometown.