A detective story that takes place in the Lower East Side and New York of the 1940s. Not young adult, especially. Protagonist is a 29 year old Yiddish speaking detective and former prize-fighter. A light enjoyable read.
At twenty-nine Morris has already had three careers - as a Golden Gloves champion, as a sergeant in the army and now as a private detective. The wife of a missing man asks the Yiddish speaking detective for help and Morris can't blame her. He knows more than the cops about the gangland workings of the Lower East Side where candy stores are fronts for gambling joints, seedy clubs share space with bakeries and Yiddish is the lingua franca? Yeah Morris knows plenty -and he's about to learn even more.