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GERALD KERSH, JEWISH CRIME NOVELIST, LOOKS PETTINESS FULL IN THE FACE

Gerald Kerch wrote great crime novel, from which a great noir film was made: _Night and the City_. He had incredible verbal skills. He was Harlan Ellison and Michael Moorcock's favorite writer.

. One of the main characters in Night and the City is Jewish. Kersh often writes of the East End Jewish “alrightniks” from which he came. They are without any but the most artificial religious beliefs, and their real religion is their business. His first novel (aptly titled _Jews Without Jehovah_) was withdrawn after about a week on sale because his relatives, seeing themselves in the characters, sued for libel. He depicts the way they say Kaddish, visit their dead relatives' gravesites, celebrate Yom Kippur, and otherwise meld Jewish ritual into their lower middleclass milieu.

It is, remarkably, not all mordant and corrosive.  Read More 
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