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5.0 out of 5 stars Rees Does It Again, January 21, 2009
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This review is from: The Samaritan's Secret (Omar Yussef Mysteries) (Hardcover)
If you enjoyed Matt Benyon Rees' first two Omar Yussef novels, you want to buy this one. It is another page turner, this time exploring the interplay between Hamas and Fatah in the West Bank town of Nablus as Omar Yussef is driven to solve the murder of the son of the religious leader of the small Samaritan tribe. If you want to learn about Palestine and its people, these novels are as good a place as any to start-- and you get some great detective stories too.

Omar Yussef mysteries give a reader much more than a crime and its solution. They put human faces on Palestinians living in a limbo between occupation and statehood, with their own law enforcement agencies working under the shadow (or, if you prefer, watchful eye) of the Israelis. The stories though are all about the Palestinians. There is not a word of dialog or even a name put to any Israeli, allowing the characters to show the diversity in Palestinians' opinions, outlook and standards of living. Rees is a former Middle East reporter with great powers of observation, and his novels, through the words and descriptions of the characters, give their readers a better education about the problems of Palestine than a month of 90 second reports on cable news about the day to day events there. No one will be offended by anything in these books, and everyone will be informed.

I have heard that Rees' books are to be translated into Hebrew. I hope they are on sale in Israel soon, and that they will also be available in Arabic. These books deserve far more attention than they have received.
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