An Omar Yussef Mystery
By Matt Beynon Rees
(Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781569476192, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Arriving to visit his son in a heavily Palestinian area of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Omar Yussef discovers the beheaded body of one of the boy’s roommates. When his son is arrested as a suspect, Omar Yussef must prove his innocence.
Matt Beynon Rees was born in South Wales. He was previously the Jerusalem bureau chief for TIME magazine and has covered the Middle East as a journalist for over a decade. He is the author of Cain’s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East, as well as four books in the Omar Yussef series. He won the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger for the first mystery in the series.
Praise for the Omar Yussef series:
“Astonishing.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Matt Beynon Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity.”—David Baldacci
“Omar’s probe of a West Bank ruled by political intrigue, religious hatred, and militia thugs lets ex-TIME Jerusalem bureau chief Rees make the Mideast conflict personal.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A beautifully written story. . . . [Omar Yussef’s] decency is a light in the gloom. I shall not forget him.”—Anne Perry
“Rees tells this grim story with skill, specificity and richly detailed descriptions of people and places. . . . Offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life today.”—The Washington Post
“The best—and the rarest—sort of mystery: exciting and compelling, but it is also a deeply moving story.”—David Liss
“Omar Yussef is a splendid creation.”—Colin Dexter