The Bethlehem Murders : An Omar Yussef Novel Paperback
by Matt Rees
For decades, Omar Yussef has taught history to the children of Bethlehem.
When a favourite former pupil, George Saba, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Yussef is convinced that he has been framed.
With George facing imminent execution Yussef sets out to prove his innocence. As Yussef falls foul of his headmaster and the local police chief, time begins to run out for this teacher-turned-detective.
His classroom is bombed and members of his family are threatened.
But with no one else willing to stand up for the truth, it is up to Omar to act, even as bloodshed and heartbreak surround him.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/02/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781843546030
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Review by robertgriffen
A remarkable story difficult to put down once you start to read. The author has captured the atmosphere and terror of the area. He demonstrates through the narrative, the tortured complexity of this part of the World. The brutality of the life but also the age old attitudes of the people. Their respect for the courtesies that have been part of their way of life for generations which value respect for the individual. He has also demonstrated the corrosive nature of the conflicts that have destroyed so much of the area.