February 12, 2005
Michael Chabon is my favorite novelist, so every new book he writes arrives with great expectations. The Final Solution is a noble undertaking, creating a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Chabon slips into the task well, penning a mystery that weaves a mute boy, his German-speaking parrot and murder with a world-famous, retired and elderly investigator. The novella is beautifully written, Chabon's characters are compelling and human. Though it is probably my least favorite book by him, I'd still recommend The Final Solution strongly. I've never been much of a fan of mysteries, but Michael Chabon's prose is so well-wrought that I would read a proverbial phone book if he wrote it.
One of the reasons I took so long to read this relatively short novella is that I was concurrently reading my 7th book of the year, Haruki Murakami's latest novel Kafka on the Shore (as well as one too many technical books).