Will Boisvert
January 26, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Collaborator of Bethlehem

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Matt Beynon Rees
publisher
Soho Press
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B+

When a Christian Arab friend is accused of helping Israelis kill a Palestinian militant in Matt Beynon Rees’ The Collaborator of Bethlehem, Muslim schoolteacher Omar Yussef squares off against the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to prove him innocent.

Body Count
18.

Grisliest Demise
Dismemberment by bomb.

Lowdown
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. B+

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