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 Israelis. Omar 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. As he struggles to save George, Omar Yussef is drawn into a complex plot where it is impossible to tell friend from enemy.
Matt Beynon gives an overview of the book:
I began my series of Palestinian crime novels in Bethlehem, because it's the Palestinian town we think we know best. Many of us grow up singing songs about the place at Christmas. But the last 2,000 years in the town's history are a blank. I wanted to confront the stereotypes we get from the media about Palestinians. What better place to start than the famous town we don't know as well as we believe we do.
About Matt Beynon
Matt Beynon Rees is an award-winning crime novelist who lives in Jerusalem. Major authors have compared him to Graham Greene and John Le Carre. The French magazine L'Express called him "the Dashiell Hammett of the Middle East." Born in Wales, Rees has covered the...