Berko Shemets: Also known as Johnny Bear, the illegitimate son of Hertz Shemets and a Tligit mother. Landsman's partner in the Sitka District police homicide division. His Native-American background makes him a unique individual in the district, but despite this, he adheres to the Jewish culture. Berko's stable home life with his wife and family contrast with the fragmented and strained life of his partner, Landsman.
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