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The Collaborator of Bethlehem by Matt Rees
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Apr 03, 2010

bookshelves: 2010-audio-books, 2010-mysteries

The Collaborator of Bethlehem, A-minus, by Matt Deymon Rees, narrated by Peter Ganim, produced by audible inc. downloaded from audible.com.

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 him. But as he becomes more involved in the case, it becomes increasingly hard to tell who his friends are, and who are enemies. George is being accused of collaborating with the Israelis in the killing. But who is really the collaborator? Omar Yusef does not so much characterize the Palestinian view, as he does a more universal wish to save Bethlehem, and of course to save his friend’s life. Very good at laying out dynamics between Palestinians and Israelis. This is the first in a series which currently has four books. I’m very glad to have more books to read featuring Omar Yusef.

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