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The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Rees
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Feb 02, 12

Read in February, 2012

I read this for a mystery book group I'm a member of and was particularly interested in it because I visited Israel (and Bethlehem, the location of the book) recently. The author, a former Time magazine Jerusalem correspondent, captures the feel of the Palestinian culture and place very well, and the characterization is well done. What feels lacking is the mystery element until midway through the book, when it becomes suspenseful. Still, I enjoyed it as a revisitation of the issues still ongoing in Israel due to the Occupation: conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians and the internal issues between Palestinian Muslims and Christians as well.
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