4 April 2009 0 Comments

The Guardian: 5 Foreign Sleuths to Read, including Omar Yussef


The Guardian recently ran an interesting article seeking to explain the popularity of crime novels set in “exotic” locations — either written by locals or by foreigners living there. The article makes a few worthwhile points about the basics of this new-ish sub-genre. It also includes a list of the top five such “foreign” sleuths recommended by the newspaper:
Inspector Chen — from the novels of Qiu Xialong
Dr Siri — Colin Cotterill
Precious Ramotswe — Alexander McCall Smith
Yashim Togalu — Jason Goodwin
and, of course,
my own Omar Yussef, the Bethlehem schoolteacher who’s forced into detective work by the lawlessness of Palestine.

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