The Collaborator of Bethlehem (An Omar Yussef Mystery #1) (Paperback)

By Matt Rees

Soho Crime, 9781616959791, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

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“Matt Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity.”—David Baldacci

Omar Yussef has taught history in Bethlehem for decades. When a favorite former student, a member of the Palestinian Christian minority, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla—a transgression with an inevitable death sentence—Omar is sure he has been framed. When Omar begins to suspect the head of the Bethlehem al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the true collaborator, he and his family are threatened, but since no one else will stand up to the violent Martyrs Brigades who hold power over the city, it is up to him to investigate.

About the Author

Matt Rees was born in South Wales. He lived for 20 years in Jerusalem, where he was Time magazine bureau chief. He is the author of nine novels, including three others in the Omar Yussef series, and several works of nonfiction translated into 25 languages. He lives in Luxembourg.

Praise For The Collaborator of Bethlehem (An Omar Yussef Mystery #1)

Praise for The Collaborator of Bethlehem

Winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger

"All it takes is one good man—a detective, of course—to humanize events that confound understanding . . . An astonishing first novel . . . Setting a mystery in the epicenter of a war zone challenges the genre conventions, but it doesn’t change the rules. In fact, it clarifies the role of the detective as the voice of reason, crying to be heard above the cacophony of gun-barrel politics."
The New York Times Book Review

"Rees tells this grim story with skill, specificity and richly detailed descriptions of people and places.”
The Washington Post

“Matt Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity.”
—David Baldacci

“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

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 Rees’s ability to blend the political and the emotional is reminiscent of Graham Greene.”
—David Liss, author of The Day of Atonement

“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