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Matt Rees was born and raised in South Wales. He has covered the Middle East as a journalist for a decade, including six years as Time magazine's Jerusalem bureau chief. He is author of the non-fiction work Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East. The Bethlehem Murders is his first novel. His second Omar Yussef novel, The Saladin Murders, is published by Atlantic books in 2008.
The fourth in the Omar Yussef series, Israeli’s historian-cum-sleuth who here comes to New York, ill equipped for so cold a winter, to give a lecture to the UN on conditions of refugee camps in Israel. His son is in New York sharing a flat with some pretty dubious characters, and he is in big trouble. Yussef is not the greatest sleuth but he is an interesting character, happy to discuss his religion, teachings and background for our added enjoyment. Comparison: Jason Goodwin, Peter Temple, Colin Cotterill.
February 2008 Debut of the Month. Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award 2008.There are plenty of good detective stories but when one comes along with the ability to widen your knowledge and make you think as well as entertaining you with a gripping plot and an interesting character, then it stands above the pack. This is one such, introducing school teacher turned detective, one Omar Yussef, in the midst of the Israeli/Palestine conflict. It is very clever and I urge you to read it.Comparison: Peter Temple, Jason Goodwin, Colin Cotterill.