The Fourth Assassin

When Omar Yussef, a Palestinian schoolteacher, travels to New York for a UN Conference, he’s eager to visit his youngest son Ala, who lives in Bay Ridge, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Palestinian community. He finds a headless corpse in his son’s room. When the cops show up Ala refuses to give an alibi and is arrested. Desperate to prove his son’s innocence, Omar Yussef delves deeper, uncovering a deadly international conspiracy.

“Engrossing” — The New York Times

“Intelligent and suspenseful” — The Daily Beast

“Classic work” — Bookreporter

“Excellent” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“One of the most beguiling of current sleuths” — The Sunday Times

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New York Examiner
With a hint of Dan Brown’s knack for infusing history and religion into a thrilling crime and mystery novel, Matt Beynon Rees successfully tells the story of a man with strong ideas and morals who is forced to accept that even the brightest of minds can allow a life of crime to overtake them. Keeping you guessing until the very end, Rees manages to keep readers on their toes, unsure of who to trust, but always sure that Omar Yussef is the good guy, and will uncover the truth. Full review in New York Examiner
This is classic work that will stand up 20 or 30 years from now when you (maybe) and I (almost certainly) are gone, and the problems that currently exist will still remain. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, THE FOURTH ASSASSIN is strongly recommended.

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
The relentless cycle of violence and retribution follows Palestinian detective Omar Yussef to New York City, where he must deliver a speech at the U.N. on schooling in the Palestinian refugee camps, in Rees’s excellent fourth mystery…Yussef remains reliably human and compassionate toward human fallibility, while raging openly at the corruption of his own leaders.

“A unique mystery series” The Forward