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OMAR YUSSEF MYSTERY, AN 3
The Samaritan's Secret
By (author): Matt Rees
9781616959814 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime May 07, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.01 x 7.49 x 0.88 in 0 pages Soho Press Soho Crime
The third installment in the CWA Dagger–winning series featuring Palestinian schoolteacher-detective Omar Yussef.
 
The Samaritan community in Palestine is tiny but ancient—only about six hundred people still adhere to this faith, an offshoot of Judaism, and now one of them has been murdered. The crime has even larger implications, though, as the dead man controlled hundreds of millions of dollars of government money. If the World Bank cannot locate it within the next several days, all aid to the Palestinians will be cut off. Visiting the isolated Samaritan community at Nablus in the West Bank, history teacher-turned-sleuth Omar Yussef must solve the murder and find the money for the sake of all Palestine.

Story Locale: Jerusalem

CULTURAL RELEVANCE: Middle Eastern politics and religions play a big role in this mystery.

AUTHOR BACKGROUND: Author was a journalist, and he uses his views to humanize all characters.

RETURN TO SOHO CRIME: After many years, the paperback rights have returned to Soho Crime, along with the entirety of the backlist.

REPACKAGE: Will be attractive as ever.

Matt Rees was born in South Wales. He was previously the Jerusalem bureau chief for TIME magazine. He is the author of three other mysteries in the Omar Yussef series, the historical novel Mozart’s Last Aria, and the nonfiction work Cain’s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East. After living in the Middle East for twenty years, he recently moved to Luxembourg.

Author Residence: Jerusalem

Author Hometown: South Wales, UK

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Publicity: The return and re-packaging of this critically acclaimed series to Soho Crime offers a huge oppurtunity to receive paperback re-issue reviews at national outlets. The Middle Eastern themes are as relevant today as ever, especially with a lead who is a Palestinian investigator who lives in the Palestinian.

Praise for the Omar Yussef series

“Offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life today.”
The Washington Post

“Matt Beynon Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity.”
—David Baldacci

“Omar Yussef is a splendid creation.”
—Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse novels
 
 “Omar’s probe of a West Bank ruled by political intrigue, religious hatred, and militia thugs lets ex-TIME Jerusalem Bureau Chief Rees make the Mideast conflict personal.”
Entertainment Weekly


The Collaborator of Bethlehem is the best—and the rarest—sort of mystery: exciting and compelling, but it is also a deeply moving story that will, for many readers, shed much light on the conditions in the Palestinian territories.”
—David Liss, author of A Day of Atonement

“Uncovers the gritty, often disturbing human realities of life in Palestinian society…[Rees] gives his characters heart as he gives his readers a thrill.”
—TIME.com

“An evocative, compassionate tale.”
San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Rees has created a stunning sense of place and memorable characters for his impassioned story.”
The Sunday Telegraph
 
“[A] vivid portrayal of the violence and degradation of the Palestinian enclave of Gaza…Outstanding.”
The Economist
 
“Matt Rees has given us an incredible tapestry.”
—BBC’s Front Row
 
“One of the most beguiling of current sleuths.”
—The Sunday Times

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