Books: Blood diamonds

A novel examines the guilt of profiting from unsavory crimes during unthinkable times.

By AARON LEIBEL
May 19, 2016 12:43
3 minute read.
Secrets

Secret door (Illustrative). (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)

 
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Is it possible to squeeze the sleaze out of a particularly unsavory crime by using its proceeds to finance something positive? How big a role should that most irksome Jewish invention – the conscience – play in our lives? These two questions dangle over Max’s Diamonds like a literary sword of Damocles.

And something else hovers over Jay Greenfield’s novel from the first page to the last – the Holocaust and the guilt concerning the Shoah felt by many Jews.

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