Omar Yussef and his boss, Magnus, travel to the Gaza Strip to inspect the UN schools in the Gaza refugee camps. The trip is just a routine visit, but upon their arrival they meet James Cree, the UN security officer for Gaza, who tells them that a teacher at one of their schools has been imprisoned for allegedly spying. As they try to free the teacher and manage the explosive political situation, they find themselves in a dangerous confrontation with Gaza’s warring government factions and the local criminal gangs. Omar must confront the dark side of Gaza—corruption, bribery, murder, and kidnapping—in his struggle to free the innocent man and honor the dead.
“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’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