28 February 2009 0 Comments

Milwaukee Sentinel: THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET "literate entertaining read"

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features a gratifying review of my new Palestinian crime novel THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET by Carole E. Barrowman, an English professor at Alverno College. Here it is:

Once in a while, a book rises to the top of my stacks and after I read it, I’m mad that I left it buried for so long. This is such a book. When “a famous Torah scroll” is mysteriously stolen from a temple in Nablus, Palestine, and then just as mysteriously returned, schoolmaster-turned-detective Omar Yussef pursues an investigation that involves the World Bank and the supply of aid to the region. Religious traditions shape the initial crime in this contemporary mystery, but it’s the complex relationships among Palestinians and the financial and political worlds that encompass them that make this book a literate entertaining read. The author was Time magazine’s bureau chief in Jerusalem. As a result, he presents the lives of ordinary men and women of Palestine with compassion and honesty.

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