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Israel paper finds 'vivid picture of Palestinian life' in "The Samaritan's Secret"
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Omar Yussef must track the killer of one of the remnants of the ancient Samaritans. He also has to learn the dark secrets of his oldest friend...
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In the liberal Israeli daily Ha'aretz, Carol Novis reviews the third of my Palestinian crime novels THE SAMARITAN'S SECRET. I'm happy that she doesn't view my novel as coming down on one side or the other in the conflict here. I think of my novels as humanist, filtering out the politics that makes people see the Palestinians as stereotypes (either of terrorists or victims). I'm happy that my novels tell Israelis something about their neighbors that they might not already have known. "Rather than implicitly take sides in the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian struggle, [Ha'aretz writes] Rees, a former Time magazine bureau chief in Jerusalem, has chosen to draw a vivid picture of Palestinian life that will enlighten many who know little of its culture, family structure and society... All in all, the Omar Yussef mystery series attempts to show that as long as there are good men − and Rees evidently believes that there are − there is hope."