10 July 2009 0 Comments

International Noir: Contrast to hardboiled environs gives Omar edge

The blog International Noir Fiction describes my series of Omar Yussef Mysteries as creating a “comedie humaine” for the Palestinians. It’s a great review of the third of my novels THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET by a reviewer who’s obviously read and enjoyed the first two books as well. The review notes many of the aspects of Omar’s impulsive, sensitive character which defy the detective genre. I particularly like this: “Rees give us a couple of chase sequences that are nonetheless exciting for Omar Yussef’s lack of speed and agility–and are not simply amusing or “cute” as has been the case with some elderly detectives over the years of the genre. INF concludes: “Rees provides insight and also a satisfying crime story.”

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