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The Collaborator of Bethlehem

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Publisher Comments:

“Matt Beynon Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity.” —David Baldacci, author of The Camel Club

“A beautifully written story. I have walked the streets of Bethlehem with Omar Yussef, smelled the dust and the fear, tasted his food, shared his anger and his hope. His decency is a light in the gloom. I shall not forget him.” —Anne Perry, author of Dark Assassin

“The Collaborator of Bethlehem is the best—and the rarest—sort of mystery: exciting and compelling, but it is also a deeply moving story that will, for many readers, shed much needed light on the conditions in the Palestinian territories. Matt Beynon Rees’s ability to blend the political and the emotional is reminiscent of Graham Greene.” —David Liss, author of The Ethical Assassin

“Omar Yussef has everything I admire in a detective: humility, humanity, a great faith in the power of knowledge and a few bad habits too!” —Barbara Nadel, author of The Ottoman Cage

For decades, Omar Yussef has been a teacher of history to the children of Bethlehem. When a favorite former pupil, George Saba, a member of the Palestinian Christian minority, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Omar is sure he has been framed. If George is not cleared, he faces imminent execution.

Then the wife of the dead man, also one of Omar Yussef’s former pupils, is murdered, possibly raped. When he begins to suspect the head of the Bethlehem al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the true collaborator, Omar and his family are threatened. But as no one else is willing to stand up to the violent Martyrs Brigades men, who hold the real power in the town, it is up to him to investigate.

Review:

"This powerful first novel from British journalist Rees humanizes the struggle of the West Bank, where Omar Yussef, a modest 56-year-old schoolteacher in the Dehaisha Palestinian refugee camp, becomes an unlikely detective amid the uncertainties and violence of modern Bethlehem. Israeli gunfire peppers the area, the Muslims mistrust the minority Christian population, and the Martyrs Brigade instills terror in virtually every group. Yussef once taught in a Christian school and developed strong bonds with several of his students, among them George Saba, now a restorer of antiques. When Israeli snipers kill a member of the Palestinian resistance, the authorities accuse Saba of collaborating and throw him in jail for the crime. Yussef finds evidence that Hussein Tamari, the leader of the Martyrs Brigade, orchestrated the situation, but even the police chief, an old friend, seems unwilling to help Yussef save Saba. The characters and the setting are so richly textured and the politicized events so wrenching that the mystery story becomes incidental. Though the story's conclusion offers a gratifying payoff, for many readers the real reward will be a more immediate sense of a distant and bewildering conflict." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The journalist Matt Beynon Rees begins his first novel by introducing us to two Palestinian friends, Omar Yussef and George Saba, as they talk in their West Bank village near Bethlehem. Yussef is 56 and teaches history in a refugee camp sponsored by the United Nations. Saba, Yussef's former student, is an antiques dealer in his mid-30s. Neither man has much use for religion or for the so-called Martyrs... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

One man stands up to the deadly gun law of Palestine.

Synopsis:

Praise for Matt Beynon Rees: <BR>"Sharply detailed reporting."-The New York Times Book Review <BR>"Rees is a terrific journalist who really knows the Middle East and, more important, really knows how to get to the emotional heart of the matter."-Joe Klein, -author of Primary Colors <BR>For decades, Omar Yussef has been a teacher of history to the children of Beth-lehem. When a favorite former pupil and member of the Palestinian Christian minority, George Saba, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Omar is sure he has been framed. If George is not cleared, he faces imminent execution. <BR>Then the wife of the dead man, also one of Omar Yussef's former pupils, is murdered, possibly raped. When he begins to suspect the head of the Bethlehem al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the true collaborator, Omar and his family are threatened. But as no one else is willing to stand up to the violent Martyrs Brigades men, who hold the real power in the town, it is up to him to investigate. <BR>

About the Author

Matt Beynon Rees was born in South Wales. He has covered the Middle East as a journalist for over a decade, including five years as Time magazine's Jerusalem bureau chief. He is the author of the nonfiction work Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East, and three previous mysteries in the Omar Yussef series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569474426
Author:
Rees, Matt Beynon
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Bethlehem
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Yussef, Omar (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.82x5.28x.95 in. .77 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This powerful first novel from British journalist Rees humanizes the struggle of the West Bank, where Omar Yussef, a modest 56-year-old schoolteacher in the Dehaisha Palestinian refugee camp, becomes an unlikely detective amid the uncertainties and violence of modern Bethlehem. Israeli gunfire peppers the area, the Muslims mistrust the minority Christian population, and the Martyrs Brigade instills terror in virtually every group. Yussef once taught in a Christian school and developed strong bonds with several of his students, among them George Saba, now a restorer of antiques. When Israeli snipers kill a member of the Palestinian resistance, the authorities accuse Saba of collaborating and throw him in jail for the crime. Yussef finds evidence that Hussein Tamari, the leader of the Martyrs Brigade, orchestrated the situation, but even the police chief, an old friend, seems unwilling to help Yussef save Saba. The characters and the setting are so richly textured and the politicized events so wrenching that the mystery story becomes incidental. Though the story's conclusion offers a gratifying payoff, for many readers the real reward will be a more immediate sense of a distant and bewildering conflict." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
One man stands up to the deadly gun law of Palestine.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for Matt Beynon Rees: <BR>"Sharply detailed reporting."-The New York Times Book Review <BR>"Rees is a terrific journalist who really knows the Middle East and, more important, really knows how to get to the emotional heart of the matter."-Joe Klein, -author of Primary Colors <BR>For decades, Omar Yussef has been a teacher of history to the children of Beth-lehem. When a favorite former pupil and member of the Palestinian Christian minority, George Saba, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Omar is sure he has been framed. If George is not cleared, he faces imminent execution. <BR>Then the wife of the dead man, also one of Omar Yussef's former pupils, is murdered, possibly raped. When he begins to suspect the head of the Bethlehem al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the true collaborator, Omar and his family are threatened. But as no one else is willing to stand up to the violent Martyrs Brigades men, who hold the real power in the town, it is up to him to investigate. <BR>
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