Literature: The Final Solution

Michael Chabon's The Final Solution (first published in the Paris Review in 2003) features an unnamed but strangely familiar detective, elderly and long-retired, investigating the case of a boy's missing African gray parrot. However, the boy is a mute Jewish refugee whose parents were taken away to a concentration camp, and the parrot keeps spouting mysterious numbers. Thanks to the numbers, the parrot attracts some unwelcome attention from more than one source—perhaps enough attention to lead to murder.

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