The Samaritan's Secret
by Matt Beynon Rees
Review by Mel Jacob
Soho Crime Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781569475454
Date: 01 February 2009 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Matt Ress' third Omar Yussef mystery novel, The Samaritan's Secret, takes place in Nablus. He conveys the complex politics of the Palestinians and gritty life in the city among warring factions. The mystery, as complex and convoluted as the Nablus casbah, puts aging schoolteacher Omar Yussef in the midst of Hamas and Fatah fighting to control the city. He seeks to uncover the murderer of a young Samaritan, once a financial expert for Arafat and keeper of his secret accounts, but becomes a target for others. From official release/information:
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.
(Source: Soho Crime)