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The Collaborator of Bethlehem

REES, Matt Beynon

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ISBN 10: 1569474427 / ISBN 13: 9781569474426
Published by Soho Crime, 2007
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SIGNED first edition/first printing of author's first novel. Book is fine but there is a 1/4 inch closed tear in the back panel of the dust wrapper at the fold. When a key figure of the Palestinian Martyrs Brigade is murdered, a Palestinian Christian is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis. Enter Omar Yussef, a history teacher who taught the accused, and knows he is incapable of the crime. This is a remarkable first mystery, followed in 2008 by A GRAVE IN GAZA. Balanced, atmospheric and thought-provoking, The Collaborator of Bethlehem is a landmark portrait of life in the time of anarchy that is today's Middle East. Signed on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 1107070020

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Title: The Collaborator of Bethlehem

Publisher: Soho Crime

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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“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.” —Anne Perry, author of Dark Assassin

“The Collaborator of Bethlehem is the best—and the rarest—sort of mystery: exciting and compelling, but it is also a deeply moving story that will, for many readers, shed much needed light on the conditions in the Palestinian territories. Matt Beynon Rees’s ability to blend the political and the emotional is reminiscent of Graham Greene.” —David Liss, author of The Ethical Assassin

“Omar Yussef has everything I admire in a detective: humility, humanity, a great faith in the power of knowledge and a few bad habits too!” —Barbara Nadel, author of The Ottoman Cage

For decades, Omar Yussef has been a teacher of history to the children of Bethlehem. When a favorite former pupil, George Saba, a member of the Palestinian Christian minority, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Omar is sure he has been framed. If George is not cleared, he faces imminent execution.

Then the wife of the dead man, also one of Omar Yussef’s former pupils, is murdered, possibly raped. When he begins to suspect the head of the Bethlehem al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the true collaborator, Omar and his family are threatened. But as no one else is willing to stand up to the violent Martyrs Brigades men, who hold the real power in the town, it is up to him to investigate.

About the Author:

Matt Beynon Rees was born in South Wales. He has covered the Middle East as a journalist for over a decade, including five years as Time magazine's Jerusalem bureau chief. He is the author of the nonfiction work Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East, and three previous mysteries in the Omar Yussef series.

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