A member of the tiny but ancient Samaritan community has been murdered. 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 money to the Palestinians will be cut off. Visiting Nablus, Omar Yussef must solve the murder and find the money, or all Palestinians will suffer.
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"The depth and heart in Omar Yussef's third case makes it a tearjerker as well as a page-turner." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Starred Review. Rees not only offers a perceptive look at complex international political issues but also help us to understand those issues in the context of everyday lives." - Booklist.
"Rees vividly illustrates daily Palestinian life, where violence is a constant threat and religious attitudes permeate each decision." - Publishers Weekly.
"Starred Review. His smooth writing style and careful plotting are on a par with the much-acclaimed Israeli author Batya Gur." - Library Journal.
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Journalist and author Matt Beynon Rees was born in Wales in 1967 and studied at Oxford University and the University of Maryland. He then worked as a financial reporter in London, Washington D.C. and New York before becoming the first Middle East correspondent for The Scotsman in 1996. He speaks fluent Arabic and lives in Jerusalem.
As a journalist, he has covered the Middle East for over a decade, with the vast majority of that time spent among Palestinians and Israelis. He's a Contributor for Time based in Jerusalem, where he was the magazine's bureau chief from June 2000 until January 2006. In 2004 he published a nonfiction account of the divisions within Israeli and Palestinian societies called Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East.
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