30 April 2008 0 Comments

Ha’aretz: Omar Yussef a Third World hero

This week’s Books section of the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz has a lengthy review of the second of my Omar Yussef Mysteries A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders). Here are a few quotes:
“In the best tradition of improbable sleuths from Miss Marple to Monk. … Peopled by a gallery of nasty but nuanced characters. … Whether drawn as heroes or heavies, Rees’ characters prove convincing, thanks to his command of nuance and close attention to detail – be it the briefly straying eye of a loyal but lonely husband far from home, or the almost comically inept behavior of foreigners whose mores are so out of place in the Gazan reality. … Omar Yussef – a Third World hero in the age of the global village – may become the paragon of a crime-fighting everyman who, against the odds and common sense, cannot resist the temptation to make his world a slightly better place.”

The full story:

The review is by Ina Friedman, who wrote a book that I’d call the best account of one of Israel’s worst moments, “Murder in the Name of God: The Plot to Kill Yitzhak Rabin.”

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