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The Collaborator of Bethlehem

The Collaborator of Bethlehem
Rees, Matt Benyon
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish date: 2008-01-09
$13.95
618959653
Paperback

Synopsis:

The murder of a leader of the Palestinian Martyrs Brigade leads to the arrest of George Saba, a Palestinian Christian accused of collaborating with the IsraelisOmar Yussef, a modest history teacher at a United Nations school in the West Bank, is impelled to investigate the murder to exonerate his former pupil, who he knows is innocentAs he struggles to save George, Omar Yussef is drawn into a complex plot where it is impossible to tell friend from enemy.

Review:

Two interesting mystery series, both published by Soho Press, have produced new installments of late, both taking place in exotic (to me) placesColin Cotterill's series is let in Lao shortly after the Pathet Lao took overNational coroner Siri Paiboun is an elderly physician with no forensic equipment or experienceIn the initial novel, The Coroner's Lunch, Siri discovers he is of Hmong heritage and in subsequent books we learn a fair amount of both Hmong and Lao culture and historyThe newest book in this series is Curse of the Pogo StickMore recently, Matt Beynon Rees, a veteran journalist based in Jerusalem, introduced an aging Palestinian school teacher named Omar Yussef in The Collaborator of BethlehemIn the second novel, A Grave in Gaza, we get a crash course in life in the occupied territory of GazaIn both cases the reader is assailed by the constancy and ordinariness of violence experienced by ordinary people of this region, but is also inspired by those, like Omar, who refuse to acknowledge its inevitability.

   
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