22 July 2009 0 Comments

Forward: Palestinian society, warts and all — and some mortal danger

Robert Rees (no relation) writes about my books in this week’s edition of The Forward. Admirably Rob read all three of the books before passing judgment, and a good review it is (as well as an interview, because we spoke for some time on Rob’s recent visit to Jerusalem). “Rees has created an award-winning crime series which provides a view of Palestinian society, warts and all, not previously available to a wider public,” he writes.

Referring to the latest of my Palestinian crime novels THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET, he continues: “The local color — the dank, ancient casbahs, the bad mountain roads, the smell of angry, sweaty peasants — is rendered effectively. So, too, is the mortal danger. Yussef, visiting Nablus for the wedding of a policeman friend, is quickly sidetracked into a murder case, the consequences of which may prove catastrophic for the Palestinian Authority.” Read the full article.

Australian blog Reactions to Reading has a new review of the audiobook of my second Palestinian novel THE SALADIN MURDERS (published in the US as A GRAVE IN GAZA). Blogger Bernadette writes of my detective Omar Yussef: “If bravery is defined as taking action in spite of the fear you feel then Omar Yussef must be the bravest hero of them all” while also being a “terrifically believable character.”

I’m also delighted that while she acknowledges the book has a political context, she doesn’t feel I was lecturing her.

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