Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet Author:Harry Kemelman Rabbi David Small has become one ofthe most endearing sleuths in modern fiction. Irascible and compassionate, innocent and wordly wise, Rabbi Small can see the third side of any question, an exceptional talent he employs, along with Talmudic reasoning and insight, to solve the high crime of murder. — Now, in his latest novel in this spectacularl... more »y successful series, Harry Kemelman once again portrays the all-to-human world of Barnard's Crossing, the New England town where Rabbi Small serves as the religious leader of the temple.
This time the rabbi becomes involved in the mysterious death of an old man with many enemies, a death that intrigues and eventually fascinates both him and the town's chief of police, Hugh Lanigan.
But finding the solution to a puzzling death is not the only matter that concerns Rabbi Small. He is involved in saving the innocent from disgrace and the charge of murder, while also fighting the temple's well-intentioned but erring board of directiors over a question of high principle.
One of the great appeals of Harry Kemelman's novels is the way he skillfully weaves the teachings of Judaism into the plot. In Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet the author presents through Rabbi Small, a fascinating view of the Jewish attitudes toward meditation, mysticism, religious retreats, and Christianity.
Those who have read Harry Kemelman's earlier novels will find Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet among his very best. Thos who have yet to become acquainted with Rabbi Small and Barnard's Crossing have a delectable treat in store for them.« less