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eBook A Grave in Gaza (Omar Yussef Mysteries) ePub

by Matt Beynon Rees

  • ISBN: 0547086253
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Matt Beynon Rees
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Pages: 340
  • ePub book: 1922 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1729 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 973

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Matt Beynon Rees is the former Jerusalem bureau chief for Time.

Matt Beynon Rees is the former Jerusalem bureau chief for Time. His Omar Yussef mysteries include The Collaborator of Bethlehem (winner of the Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger Award) and A Grave in Gaza. He is also the author of the nonfiction work Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East.

Matt Beynon Rees was born in South Wales. Reading Matt Rees’ mystery A GRAVE IN GAZA brought back memories of that visit. Rees' book, an Omar Yussef Mystery, takes us deep into the gritty, corrupt, discouraging world of Gaza. He was previously the Jerusalem bureau chief for TIME magazine, where he is currently a contributor. Instead of the byzantine politics of the West Bank, we are presented with a similar environment in Gaza, but it seems deadlier. Omar Yussef, from Bethlehem, accompanies several UN dignitaries on their quest to inspect UN sponsored schools in Gaza.

Matt Rees is a Welsh novelist and journalist. He is the author of The Palestine Quartet, a series of crime novels about Omar Yussef, a Palestinian sleuth, and of historical novels and thrillers. He is the winner of a Crime Writers Association Dagger for his crime fiction in the UK and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for fiction in the US. His latest novel is the international thriller China Strike, the second in a series about an agent with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Award-winning crime novelist and thriller writer. A Grave in Gaza (2008) Second Omar Yussef mystery. The Collaborator of Bethlehem (2007) First Omar Yussef mystery. Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East (2004) Nonfiction. He is the author of one previous mystery in the Omar Yussef series, The Collaborator of Bethlehem, and the nonfiction work Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East. He lives in Jerusalem.

Omar Yussef must confront the dark side of Gaza-corruption, bribery, murder, and kidnapping-in his struggle to. .Matt Beynon Rees has taken a complex world of culture clash and suspicion and placed upon it humanity.

Omar Yussef must confront the dark side of Gaza-corruption, bribery, murder, and kidnapping-in his struggle to free an innocent man and honor. 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.

Omar Yussef gave a short laugh that sounded as though he were preparing to expectorate. When I was last in Gaza, I had nice curly hair and I could carry an overnight case without breaking into a sweat.

Chapter 1. As Omar Yussef came along the passage, the flies left the flooded toilets to examine him. The filth in the latrines soon lured most of them back, but a small, droning escort orbited him as he sweated toward Gaza. Omar Yussef gave a short laugh that sounded as though he were preparing to expectorate.

The Collaborator of Bethlehem. The Samaritan’s Secret. Omar Yussef shuffled along the broken sidewalk, skirting piles of dirty snow shoveled against battered newspaper-vending boxes. Cain’s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East. An Omar Yussef Mystery. He squinted against a freezing gust and pulled his thin, fawn windbreaker around the slack skin of his neck.

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An Omar Yussef Mystery. Journalist and author Matt Beynon Rees was born in Wales in 1967 and studied at Oxford University and the University of Maryland. As he tries to save the lives of two men, Omar Yussef is confronted with the corruption and violence of Gaza’s warring government factions and the criminal gangs with which they are connected. He then worked as a financial reporter in London, Washington . and New York before becoming the first Middle East correspondent for The Scotsman in 1996.

“In A Grave in Gaza, Omar Yussef and his boss,Magnus Wallender, travel to the Gaza Strip for a routine inspection of the UN schools in the Gaza refugee camps.Upon their arrival they meet James Cree, the UN security officer for Gaza, who informs them that a teacher at one of their schools has been accused of spying and imprisoned. As they try to free the teacher and keep a lid on an explosive political situation, they are pulled into a confrontation with Gaza’s warring government factions and the criminal gangs with which they are connected.Omar Yussef confronts the dark elements of Gaza—dirty politics, bribery, assassination, and kidnapping—in his struggle to free the innocent and honor the dead.

Comments

nadness nadness
In the early pages of Matt Beynon Rees' new book, "A Grave in Gaza," one its characters observes that in the political and social devastation of today's Gaza territory "there is no single, isolated crime (here). Each one is linked to many others...when you touch one of them, it sets off reverberations that will be felt by powerful people, ruthless people." This is expressed as a friendly warning to the book's protagonist, Omar Yussuf Sirhan (Abu Ramiz), the principled teacher turned-detective, who travels to Gaza from the West Bank on a routine school inspection and finds himself trying to save first an imprisoned Palestinian whistleblower and very quickly after, his friend and kidnapped UN colleague, Magnus Wallender. Driven by personal decency and a sense of moral outrage, Omar Yussuf plunges into a labyrinth of gang warfare and dueling warlords on behalf of his colleagues and almost loses his own liberty and life.
Author Rees deftly uses Omar Yussuf's pursuit of his colleagues' liberation to take a hard look at the pervasive corruption and physical degeneration that characterize life in Gaza for all those trapped in that small territory. Rees enhances his novel with impressive explanations of the history of the area and, more interestingly, with one wonderful character study after another. The author's graphic and continuing description of the ever-present dust storms and what they do the human disposition and the physical landscape, are highly effective and extremely discomforting. As intricate and good as the plot is in this novel, the character studies and descriptions of the place are even better. This is an insightful and wise book that is rich with wonderful writing. Highly recommended.
Xarcondre Xarcondre
I am half-way through this novel and I must wax ecstatic. As a counter-point I have just finished my most disappointing and dismal read of the last quarter century, to wit; Randy Wayne White's HUNTER's MOON. I have already reviewed that tome with a blowtorch so there is no need to re-iterate. Suffice it to say that I hope good ole boy Randy has retreated to tending his rum bar in Sanibel Island and resumed his career as a Tarpon fishing guide. I am sure he must admit that he is not a man of letters and should take up an instrument that has a beer tap or fish hook on the end of it. Old Doc Ford must be put out to fiction pasture.
Lest I digress A GRAVE IN GAZA is a strong second edition in the Omar Yussef series. This unlikely hero jumps fully formed from the opening pages. He picks up where he left off in the introductory work in the series THE COLLABERATOR OF BETHLEHEM. That was a fine work. The climactic scene takes place in the cave where Jesus was born in Bethlehem. How cool is that geography for a page turner? However MBR's voice has grown steadier and he has honed his craft to a fine edge. As an intrepid armchair traveler who likes to ingest his culture through the medium of potboilers I commend MBR. This work grabbed me from my first scan of the map of Gaza. The characters are deftly drawn . The plot is intricate mirroring current political intricacies in Gaza. This work has brought meaning to the headlines I am reading in my morning paper. I am mid-book and looking forward to picking it up this hot, languid summer Sunday afternoon.
Bele Bele
"As Omar Yussef came along the passage, the flies left the flooded toilets to examine him. The filth in the latrines soon lured most of them back, but a small, droning escort orbited him as he sweated toward Gaza". This is the opening paragraph in, "A Grave in Gaza", the second installment in the "Omar Yussef" mystery series by Matt Beynon Rees. Rees was the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for "Time" magazine and still lives there, now working as a freelance journalist and author.

The first book in the series ("The Collaborator of Bethlehem") was, in my opinion, a genre piece. In this book, the author appears to have established his metier. Omar Yussef is not a professional detective. Rather, he is a prematurely aged teacher, whose sense of justice has compelled him into the role of involved detective. The plot, which lacks some of the byzantine complexities characteristic of modern detective novels, is refreshingly linear. Without being a spoiler, suffice it to say that Omar Yussef becomes involved in an attempt to resolve the arrest of a teacher and is subsequently immersed in the investigation of more complex and inter-related criminal enterprises.

This book is well written and it is brutally honest about the problems that exist in the Palestinian lands, it is (to borrow a phrase from the text), "...a textbook of Gaza history". There are plenty of clever analogies and adroit use of symbolism, such as the khamsin, a 50-day-long dust storm, which obscures the view and permeates the story. The author makes every effort to describe Palestinian Arab culture in a sympathetic fashion, yet, he is quite candid about the role of tribalism (replete with revenge killings), the pervasive corruption of the PLO/Fatah, the pernicious and self-serving interests of the various militias, the corrosive cultural influences, the rampant criminality, the bad governance and the pervasive atmosphere of despair (tinged with a fatalistic element of hope). Israel and Israelis, when they appear at all, do so as a background feature: necessary to the plot, but not a part of it.

In summary, this is a first-class mystery and has other features of substantial interest: the author's narrative skills have gelled in this book. If the reader's attention is dulled by standard, academic histories, it would be hard to beat this book as a fascinating background source. I've pre-ordered the next Omar Yussef book in anticipation of another tour de force.
Iarim Iarim
From the aspect of a mystery story, the plots are intricate, there are always surprises that pop up just when everything seems solved, and there are always enlivening pictres and details of landscapes, everyday life, historical and social developments. But Rees' books are always interesting because of the small slice of insight they give you into the grave complexities of the relationships of groups and interests, the internecine struggle among them derived from the pressures of life in occupied Palestine..with the current of humanity and struggle to survive and maintain some level of caring family lives and relationships.