A Grave in Gaza (An Omar Yussef Mystery #2) (Paperback)

By Matt Rees

Soho Crime, 9781616959807, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/1/2008)
Paperback (2/1/2009)

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March 2009 Indie Next List

“This international mystery beautifully depicts the sights, smells, and sounds of both the historical and modern-day Gaza Strip. The conflicts of the UN, Israelis, and Palestinians are descriptive, bold, and humane -- a truly wonderful read by a literary storyteller from the Mideast!”
— Kathleen Dixon, Islandtime Books & More, Washington Island, WI
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Omar Yussef must confront the dark side of Gaza—corruption, bribery, murder, and kidnapping—in his struggle to free an innocent man and honor the dead.
Omar and his boss, Magnus, travel to the Gaza Strip to inspect the UN schools in the Gaza refugee camps. The trip is just a routine visit, but upon their arrival, they meet James Cree, the UN security officer for Gaza, who tells them that a teacher at one of their schools has been imprisoned for allegedly spying. As they try to free the teacher and manage the explosive political situation, they find themselves in a dangerous confrontation with Gaza’s warring government factions and the local criminal gangs.

About the Author

Matt Rees was born in South Wales. He was previously the Jerusalem bureau chief for TIME magazine. He is the author of three other mysteries in the Omar Yussef series, the historical novel Mozart’s Last Aria, and the nonfiction work Cain’s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East. After living in the Middle East for twenty years, he recently moved to Luxembourg.

Praise For A Grave in Gaza (An Omar Yussef Mystery #2)

Praise for the Omar Yussef series

“Offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life today.”
The Washington Post

“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

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 light on the conditions in the Palestinian territories.”
—David Liss, author of A Day of Atonement

“Uncovers the gritty, often disturbing human realities of life in Palestinian society . . . [Rees] gives his characters heart as he gives his readers a thrill.”

“An evocative, compassionate tale.”
San Francisco Chronicle