3 of 5 stars.
Modern day detective noir meets ancient Jewish mysticism in this tale of murder and convenient coincidence.
A Washington DC detective, Jason Saunders, and his new partner scope out the scene in a local park where a dead infant was found by a woman walking a dog. It happens to be the same park where a year earlier Saunders’ then partner committed suicide. A potential anti-Semitic hate crime had sent his Jewish partner along a downward spiral that ended with a self-administered bullet.
Fighting through the memories, Saunders notes a Kabbalah pendant around the neck of the dog walker. And his partner find a piece of cloth inscribed with Hebrew letters tucked under the tongue of the infant …
It may not matter if something supernatural is going on, or even if you belief something supernatural could go on, if others do believe . . .
The story presents a clash of faiths and levels of skepticism knotted into an investigative mess.
This tale appears in Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran.
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