John Shaft is back Smooth, black and deadly, the private eye whose initial recorded exploits Shaft established him as our first genuine superhero since James Bond, is on the prowl again, this time as the best paid shvartze ever to set foot into the inner sanctums of New York s famed diamond district His clients for this exotic adventure are a committee of Hassidim, orthodox Jews whom Shaft at first mistakes for a posse of cowboys Diamond merchants all, they are concerned over certain inexplicable events a few murders, some disappearances of sizable gem collections in what is usually a tightly self controlled and most explicable business Impelled by dyspepsia for his newly decorated office and a promised fee beyond any he has ever imagined receiving, Shaft steps out intrepidly into a strange world a world of large icy stones, of hushed, veloured showrooms, of rabbinically cast karate experts dogged by his exasperated friend from the precinct, Lt John Anderozzi, and paralleled by a task force of Israeli secret agents The action is swift and unpredictable, by turns violent and comic, and while Shaft comes out on top, one cannot say he is never at a loss in Ernest Tidyman s pell mell sophisticated, and inventive caper


10 thoughts on “Shaft Among the Jews

  1. Edward Erdelac Edward Erdelac says:

    A Jewish scientist flees Israel with a secret formula for artificially creating diamonds indiscernible from the natural thing, pursued by Mossad agents and his own daughter, while Shaft gets hired by a group of Diamond District Hassidim who want him to find out whose offing cutters In true detective fiction fashion the cases come together with literally explosive results I mean, at one point there s a rocket attack.The interplay between the bewildered Shaft and the Hasids was amusing and Tidy A Jewish scientist flees Israel with a secret formula for artificially creating diamonds indiscernible from the natural thing, pursued by Mossad agents and his own daughter, while Shaft gets hired by a group of Diamond District Hassidim who want him to find out whose offing cutters In true detective fiction fashion the cases come together with literally explosive results I mean, at one point there s a rocket attack.The interplay between the bewildered Shaft and the Hasids was amusing and Tidyman s writing is vivid, but moves quick The climactic action sequence in the after hours diamond company toward the end of the book is pretty good Shaft s a bit of a homophobe so expect that going in, but that aside, I m enjoying this series It has a bit of a Fleming Bond feel at times


  2. Ivy Ivy says:

    Now I love all things Shaft, but this story starts on the flimsy premise that Shaft a native New Yorker mistakes a group of Hasidic Jews for a posse of cowboys because of their hats Pretty weak start, Mr Tidyman.


  3. John John says:

    Unfortunate that Tidyman s Shaft novels are out of print and scarce Tougher than the movies and quite a window into the grit and grime of 70s New York.


  4. Andrea Andrea says:

    Better than the first book


  5. yexxo yexxo says:

    Ahhh, ich liebe diese H rbuchreihe Shaft, der schwarze Privatdetektiv, der im New York der 70er auf seine Art f r Recht sorgt diesmal im Auftrag von sieben Rabbinern, die pl tzlich in seinem Appartement stehen Im Diamanten Bezirk herrscht Unruhe, bereits f nf H ndler wurden auf ihren Reisen in den USA kaltbl tig ermordet und ausgeraubt Und der israelische Geheimdienst ist auch noch mit im Spiel Doch wobei Cool wie immer k mpft sich Shaft durch ein Dickicht von Ger chten und Geheimnissen, n Ahhh, ich liebe diese H rbuchreihe Shaft, der schwarze Privatdetektiv, der im New York der 70er auf seine Art f r Recht sorgt diesmal im Auftrag von sieben Rabbinern, die pl tzlich in seinem Appartement stehen Im Diamanten Bezirk herrscht Unruhe, bereits f nf H ndler wurden auf ihren Reisen in den USA kaltbl tig ermordet und ausgeraubt Und der israelische Geheimdienst ist auch noch mit im Spiel Doch wobei Cool wie immer k mpft sich Shaft durch ein Dickicht von Ger chten und Geheimnissen, nat rlich noch zus tzlich etwas verwirrt durch eine sch ne Frau Es geht so richtig zur Sache, denn die unterschiedlichsten Seiten mischen hier mit, wenn vielleicht auch nicht alle im gleichen Spiel Das macht es zeitweise etwas verwirrend, denn die grandiose Musik von Isaac Hayes wie auch die entsprechende tolle akustische Untermalung lenken doch etwas ab Das macht aber berhaupt nichts Da es leider nur eine CD ist, h rt und genie t man sie einfach ein zweites Mal und hat dann ganz sicher alles mitbekommen.Wie im New York der 70er blich , ist garantiert nichts politisch korrekt Schwarze sind Ni , Frauen bzw die eine zart und unbeholfen und bevor man redet, schl gt man erst mal zu ganz klar, es herrscht die Macht des St rkeren Wen das nicht st rt, wird an diesem H rbuch seine helle Freude haben alleine schon die Stimme von Shaft Und die Musik


  6. Jure Jure says:

    Reminded me a bit of the Spillane s Goliath Bone I m aware that it s not a fair comparison but they are both violent and sexy and dealing with some truly ridiculous plots dreams of million alchemists are fulfilled in this one involving Israel and world domination But I remember reading Goliath Bone just made me sad for the old maestro while reading Shaft was pure fun.Like always is.More here review includes spoilers Reminded me a bit of the Spillane s Goliath Bone I m aware that it s not a fair comparison but they are both violent and sexy and dealing with some truly ridiculous plots dreams of million alchemists are fulfilled in this one involving Israel and world domination But I remember reading Goliath Bone just made me sad for the old maestro while reading Shaft was pure fun.Like always is.More here review includes spoilers


  7. Steve Aldous Steve Aldous says:

    Second and best book in the Shaft series This is a fantastic read for anyone with a hankering for seventies pulp fiction Tidyman has a writing style that is both tough and humorous The plot, involving the hunt for an old diamond cutter who has developed a formula for creating synthetic diamonds, provides a great backdrop for a cast of well drawn villains for Shaft to take on There are some delicious moments of absurdity peppered with excellent dialogue Lots of action and sex to fulfill male Second and best book in the Shaft series This is a fantastic read for anyone with a hankering for seventies pulp fiction Tidyman has a writing style that is both tough and humorous The plot, involving the hunt for an old diamond cutter who has developed a formula for creating synthetic diamonds, provides a great backdrop for a cast of well drawn villains for Shaft to take on There are some delicious moments of absurdity peppered with excellent dialogue Lots of action and sex to fulfill male fantasies


  8. Kyle Kyle says:

    Sexy John Shaft solves a mystery among the Jewish diamond merchants of 46th St Hilarious.


  9. R. R. says:

    If I were a puppet I m your puppet my wooden jaw would clack to the floor Should the title be Shaft Amongst the Jews I was never really clear on that grammar rule.