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The Collaborator of Bethlehemby Matt Beynon Rees
Synopses & Reviews
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 inthe gloom. I shall not forget him. --Anne Perry, author of Dark Assassin
The Collaborator of Bethlehem is the best--and therarest--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 BeynonRees's ability to blend the political and the emotional is reminiscent of Graham Greene. --David Liss, author of The Ethical Assassin
OmarYussef 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 forcollaborating 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 oneof 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 noone 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Omar, a history teacher, manages to stay away from all the violence around him until a former pupil of his is charged with murder, and Omar cannot believe he is guilty, so he decides to investigate the case for himself.
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.
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