Le Collaborateur de Bethleem (Omar Yussef Mystery #1)
"Matt Beynon Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity." -David Baldacci, author of The Camel Club
"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."...more
This book is overwhelming in its pathos, and terrifying in its implications. This old schoolmaster, Omar Yussef, almost goes out of his way to avoid finding evidence of murder in Dehaisha, perpetrated, he believes, by a leader of the resistance. Instead he finds clues just lying about, ignored by the very people meant ...more
The book introduces Omar Yussef, a Palestinian school teacher w ...more
I do enjoy books set in the Middle East, and this was my first time reading a murder mystery set there. So, I was hoping for the best.
Unfortunately, I found the plot to be very predictable, and to me, that made a big difference. The setting was ok, and I feel like the characters would grow as the series developed. However, I don't really want to keep reading to really get to know them.
Unless someone hands me another one of ...more
Omar Yussef is a schoolteacher on the verge of retirement who decides to get involved in the death of a young man. He will be a detective and solve the mystery of this man's murder. As difficult as it may be to solve any murder, it is much harder when the world around you is filled with collaborators & terrorists and ...more
I both liked and didn’t like this one. It was a slow read and it was often hard to tell where the story was going. On the other hand, the outcome was not in the least predictable and the author’s version of life in the P ...more
This book has all of the standard ingredients of a good murder mystery, but with some added twists ...more
mix of a strong plot, good characterization and memorable characters, informative contextual history, good pacing, a balanced blend of action and dialogue which lacks overly thick description, and a story that stimulates my interest in a place and issue and stays with me long after I finish reading it. Most of what I know about the daily lives of Palestinians is gleamed from television news. Beynon Rees ope ...more
Setting a mystery in the complex political context of Palestine adds a lot of flavor to the story. I have spent time mys ...more
However, this is very much a crime story. When a close friend is arrested under threat of death for collaboration, Omar Yussef a history teacher embarks on investigating matters to try to save his former pupil.
I really enjoyed the sense of place an ...more
i thought the following quotes really exemplify what i consider the author's incisiveness:
the problem of religion:
"Omar Yussef looked up into the be ...more
When a young member of the Palestinian resistance is shot dead near his home on the outskirts of Bethlehem, George Saba, a Christian, is arrested as the collaborator who led the Israelis to him. As a member of the minority Christian community, he is a convenient scapegoat, but O ...more
Omar Yuset is a schoolteacher now at a girls school. He has had few pupils in his lifetime whom he remembers for their bright intelligence, but George Saba was one. When a “martyr” (terrorist) is murdered, Saba is blamed, because he is a Christian, even though the police don’t really think he’s guilty. Yusef sets about trying to prove him innocent and save hi ...more
Matt Benynon Rees has created a very life like central character in Omar Yussef a Muslim living in the West Bank. The story very ...more
Mengisahkan tentang cabaran yang dihadapi oleh seorang guru sejarah, Omar Yussef, untuk cuba membebaskan pelajar terbaiknya, George Saba, daripada dijatuhkan hukuman kerana dituduh menjadi orang tengah (atau mungkin perisik) bagi pihak Israel. Dalam cubaan untuk membe ...more