19 April 2008 0 Comments

Eclectica Magazine: ‘A Grave in Gaza’ more than a mystery, more than fiction — it’s the real Palestine

Colleen Mondor reviews my second Palestinian crime novel A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders) in Eclectica Magazine and has wonderful things to say about it, including:

“It is easier for westerners to believe that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict comes down to good and bad on one side or the other–we cling still to the antiquated belief that there must be only two sides in any conflict. Rees blows the top off this foolish assertion and gives readers an amazingly interwoven mystery at the same time. He transcends genre with this series–it is far more than a mystery, far more than simply fiction. Omar Yussef’s world is as close as most of us will ever get to seeing the real nature of the Palestinian struggle for peace. And while I am deeply grateful to Rees for his skilled research and writing, I am also unbearably sad that it takes a mystery writer to tell us these basic truths about our world. Read this book–read both of his books–and then you will know why I value this author’s insight so very much.”

The full review is at: http://www.eclectica.org/v12n2/mondor_death.html

Collen also has her own blog, Chasing Ray, and adds some other thoughts to her Eclectica review, as well as praise for new books by Cara Black and Martin Limon, at: http://www.chasingray.com/archives/2008/04/understanding_gaza.html

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