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Der Attentater Von Brooklyn: Omar Jussufs Vierter Fall by Matt Rees
There was no more detail, but the announcer said he would be back with news of the martyr's identity and the number of dead as soon as it was available. He can be a whiner. He is highly educated, yet occasionally dumb as a rock about practical matters. Maybe because of that, he is always asking questions, questions about things that seem so obvious that others like the police don't consider them. He can be naive, yet realistic about the way difficult choices turn people into bad ways.
He is human and humane. He grieves deeply the violence he finds himself enmeshed in, railing against militants, pleading for age-old values of friendship, trust, and love of family. His high point in this book finds him repeating to one of those militants, "I forgive you. I simply loved him. In the fourth Omar Yussef episode, he is in New York to make a speech at a UN conference on Palestine, while his police friend Khamis is there to guard the Palenstine president.
Visiting his youngest son at his Brooklyn apartment, he finds one of the roommates decapitated. References to the Assassins, their castle Alamut, and the Mahdi abound at the crime scene, so Omar kno In the fourth Omar Yussef episode, he is in New York to make a speech at a UN conference on Palestine, while his police friend Khamis is there to guard the Palenstine president.
References to the Assassins, their castle Alamut, and the Mahdi abound at the crime scene, so Omar knows his son's friends, his former pupils, are involved.
I must day I was disappointed with this book. After three exceptionally excellent political thrillers that evoked the Middle East in great detail, Rees seems to lose sight of that gritty realism in the New York setting. The Arabic-American cop on the murder case confides far too often in Omar for no particular reason. A man is shot at the UN and the conference is not cancelled or postponed, which is absurd. And the end brings more shooting that smacks of action movie theatrics. On the one hand he is happy that he will get to see his youngest son, Ala.
On the other, he has never before visited this city or given a speech at the UN. When he finds a body, beheaded, in his son's apartment, his heart leaps. Is this what is left of his son? As footsteps reach his ears, he fears the murderer may be returning but it is Ala who knows nothing of what has passed. And, when the police arrives Ala is a suspect, primarily because he will not give his alibi. This mystery finds Yussef entangled in a vicious plot to kill the president of his country.
Sadly, those involved include some of his former students.
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As the tale evolves, Yussef often wishes he were back in Bethlehem with his wife. The anger, brutality, and cruelty of those who seek to kill the president or protect him bruises his sensitivity and belief in the goodness of mankind. Who is the murdered young man and why was he murdered is not what the reader expects.
This is a well written, complex mystery that keeps the reader rushing to find the answers. These are usually set in Bethlehem, where Omar works as a teacher, but he is in New York this time to give a talk to the UN about education in the refugee camps. Upon arrival, he goes to visit his son, but finds a decapitated body at Ala's apartment, a body that turns out to be Ala's roommate and Omar's former student. Ala is subsequently arrested and Omar is frantic to get him released. Bethlehem's police chief is also in NY providing security for their President at the 4 Omar Yussef mystery.
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Bethlehem's police chief is also in NY providing security for their President at the UN conference, and the two of them set out to investigate, encountering the usual political corruption and violence along the way. I'm not usually fond of series books that send the main character on a road trip away from their home base, but this one works pretty well, putting Omar Yussef in the Little Palestine area of New York. The story is well-told, but it's hard to read these without feeling a great sense of sadness and anger at the mess we've made of our world. I do hope the author plans to continue the series--Omar is a strong character with flaws that make him very believable and I've come to be very fond of him.
Mystery lovers of intl intrigue. Recommended to Fenixbird by: Looking forward to a good intl mystery. Sounds as intriguing as Rising Sun! Quoting author's review, " For those who have no copy of the magazine in which case you may have missed Librarian of the Year -- Way to go, Craig Buthod of Louisville, Ky. With no alibi, his son is a Looking forward to a good intl mystery. With no alibi, his son is arrested, and Omar finds that the streets of New York are as treacherous and dangerous as those of Bethlehem.
His sleuth might miss the ancient streets of Bethlehem, but the hatred and tension of the Middle East follow the Palestinian wherever he goes. I love this series, an it is not one to go easy on anyone--the Israeli's and the Palestinians come off equally badly, which is why the series is a little corner of what is going to be so complicated about any solution in the Middle East, and why you really have to feel badly for the Palestinians--while the rest of the Arab world is sympathetic, they don't want them either, so they remain not only without a homeland, but without possibilities to immigrate.
In this one, Americans are added to the I love this series, an it is not one to go easy on anyone--the Israeli's and the Palestinians come off equally badly, which is why the series is a little corner of what is going to be so complicated about any solution in the Middle East, and why you really have to feel badly for the Palestinians--while the rest of the Arab world is sympathetic, they don't want them either, so they remain not only without a homeland, but without possibilities to immigrate. In this one, Americans are added to the mix, and the violence that is presented as acceptable to sweep under the carpet is staggering.
THe story is not quite as compelling for me as the previous entries, but maybe that is because I live here, and the truths about my homeland are not as interesting to me--the book appears a bit harsh, but not being Arab, maybe it is dead on, and certainly for people in poverty, that is more likely to be true. This is the fourth Omar Yussef mystery and it is every bit as good as all the others. While there he hopes to spend time with his son Ala but soon becomes involved in a complex murder mystery which has implicated Ala as well as some of his migrant Palestinian friends.
The story is clever and very well told, exciting and filled with suspense, a few shocks and a smattering of humour. I do feel, however, that the real b This is the fourth Omar Yussef mystery and it is every bit as good as all the others. I do feel, however, that the real benefit of reading this series of novels is that they impart a real sense of what it is to be a Palestinian today.
Set in Bethlehem, Gaza, Ramallah and New York, each novel has brought me as close as I may ever get to the experience of the Palestinian people in their daily existence and in their troubles. I recommend them highly. Non-stop action in this the fourth book in the series. It's filled with many plot twists. It's also filled with sadness and violence as well as hope for the future with a man like Omar Yussef around to moderate. I enjoyed this one the most because it was set in New York City's Little Palestine and because it capitalized on the role of the teacher as a life-long mentor for students.
We see first hand the clash between traditional culture and a new culture that is completely alien to the immigrant Non-stop action in this the fourth book in the series. We see first hand the clash between traditional culture and a new culture that is completely alien to the immigrant. We also see how distance and democracy are no match for the grasp of zealots. Some great scenes in this book depicting interaction between Muslims and New Yorkers. We also meet an Arab American detective who faces the enmity of both cultures but is just doing his job.
It's sad and ironic that Omar only finds peace when he returns home to the "violent" Middle East after his holiday in hell.
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Another wonderfully crafted novel about the inquisitive school teacher come amateur detective. Normally within the bounds of "occupied palestinian territories", this fourth outing pitches him into New York City to speak at a conference at the UN. All the usually characters pop up and the body count remains high, but the star of these novels is Omar Yussef and his desire for the truth before even his own welfare, He is a dedicated investigator; fearless and outspoken filled with charm and wit, who Another wonderfully crafted novel about the inquisitive school teacher come amateur detective.
All the usually characters pop up and the body count remains high, but the star of these novels is Omar Yussef and his desire for the truth before even his own welfare, He is a dedicated investigator; fearless and outspoken filled with charm and wit, who is the reason I find these books so engaging. A classic crime story packed with thrills which makes it a book you will enjoy from cover to cover.
After having worked and lived in Palestine I very much enjoyed reading the whole Omar Yussuf-series as it reminded me about many small things, like food or specific places, and therefore triggered a lot of memories. In creating an atmosphere these mystery novels are similar Donna Leon's books. If reading other faster-paced thrillers feels like seeing a movie, reading these books makes you feel like you are part of the movie -- you can solve the mystery with the detective together. It's also nice After having worked and lived in Palestine I very much enjoyed reading the whole Omar Yussuf-series as it reminded me about many small things, like food or specific places, and therefore triggered a lot of memories.
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It's also nice to read a mystery novel where not every Arab is automatically a bad guy! I enjoyed all books of the series and I hope that there are more to come! He goes to visit his son in Little Palestine and finds a dead man with his head removed. He does some sleuthing along with his old friend who is guarding the president of Palestine and a local Palestinian police man.
The suspects and dead man were former students of Omar's as well as friends of his son. I had a problem keeping the Arabic names straight. The plot to kill the President of Palestine when he gives a speech at the UN and the connection of the assassins to drug running is a little confusing. I have read a few other books by this author that were saved by the interest I have in the subject - life in the Palestinian territories. This book, set in Brooklyn in a neighborhood very familiar to me, was awful.
The story, of a father visiting his son, violence, drugs, more violence, more intrigue and mystery, the Arab-Israeli conflict, inter-Arab conflict - at the end I still don't really get who killed who and why or why not. Not a single agreeable character, no one with authenticity. Only I have read a few other books by this author that were saved by the interest I have in the subject - life in the Palestinian territories. Only continued reading it because it was interesting to read an outsiders view of NYC and my neighborhood.
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Matt Beynon Rees' series of mystery novels featuring U. School teacher Omar Yussef is both a joy and a sorrow. The Palestinians, the people at the heart of the series are a troubled people and Rees tries to be fair about the source of the troubles. The mysteries are layered, culturally complicated and deeply, sadly human. In this novel, Yussef travels to New York for UN conference and finds himself emmeshed in the politics of little Palestine His son lives in Brooklyn and Omar comes to speak at the UN and visit him. Rees is really good at portraying NY in winter from the point of view of an Arab and spends a lot of time on Omar's feelings - I almost stopped reading it was so bleak.
However, it gets more interesting if not less bleak. Persevere if you want to know more about things from an Arab perspective.
The best book i've read so far on Israel and Palestine. It's not a perfect mystery, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. It educated me so much on the issues, blaming all without taking a side. A sympathetic Palestinian narrator takes Israel to task for its failings, but also praises its attempt at peace.
Abu Ramiz exhorts the PLO to abandon terrorism and violence, but also avoids turning all Palestinians into murderers or victims. Omar Yussef taken from his usual setting to NYC. I realize this is fiction, and the view has its own biases, but interesting to see America through the eyes of non-terrorist Moslems, including ones who came here with much hope but perhaps unmeetable expectations. Great, intricate multithreaded plot and characterization as always simply sterling, as is the smooth writing.
One of my favorite newer series for many reasons. I didn't like this as much as I liked the first three books. I didn't feel as though I learned as much reading this book. It was also quite unrealistic that Omar Yusef was able to negotiate the ins and outs of NY as well as he did, never having been there before.
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The Fourth Assassin was somewhat of a departure from the series, in that the setting for the story was New York. This was a bit discomforting, but the story was still very good. I have enjoyed this series, because of the mix of culture and crime, and this story was a bit different. It was also not quite as realistic as the other novels. I look forward to reading another story by Mr.
The Omar Yussef mysteries are a real pleasure to read, realistic characters where the heroes are flawed and human and the setting is brought realistically to life. Although this one takes place in New York the West Bank is never far from the text. Do yourself a favour, start with the first in the series and work your way up to this one. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Videos About This Book.
I'm an award-winning writer of international thrillers, mysteries, and historical fiction. My novels have grown out of my career as a Middle East correspondent, which took me into culture very different from my own, and my love of history, which takes me into t I'm an award-winning writer of international thrillers, mysteries, and historical fiction. My novels have grown out of my career as a Middle East correspondent, which took me into culture very different from my own, and my love of history, which takes me into times very different from now.
But those places and times aren't so completely different.