The Fourth Assassin (Omar Yussef Mystery 4) Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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"'Morse, Rebus, and now Yussef' Observer 'Omar Yussef is a splendid creation' Colin Dexter 'The next big sleuth in crime fiction' Donal Macintyre 'These gripping thrillers by a British journalist are excellent - not least because they are based on real events' Independent 'Indispensable... Rees not only provides a classic investigation into a terrible crime, he paints a picture of life in this hell-hole... First-rate crime.' Scotsman (The Samaritan's Secret) 'Ree's captures the touching undercurrent of existence in the direst circumstances... This is a rare crime novel.' TLS (The Samaritan's Secret)"
About the Author
Matt Rees is an award-winning crime novelist who lives in Jerusalem. Major authors have compared him to Graham Greene and John Le Carre. The French magazine L'Express called him 'the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine'. As a journalist, Rees covered the Middle East for over a decade for Time Magazine and Newsweek. His Omar Yussef Mystery series (The Bethlehem Murders, The Saladin Murders, The Samaritan's Secret) won a Crime Writers Association Dagger and is published in twenty-two countries.
Top Customer Reviews
The three previous novels have not only entertained me and kept me in suspense, but they have given me an insight to the lives of Palestinians and the problems they face. I am not erudite enough to determine whether this aspect is intentional in the writing, but I certainly appreciate its presence in the way in which I interpret what I read in the novels. This fourth novel, in my mind, expands upon this superbly - certainly in the last few chapters - and I am grateful for it.
Having Omar Yussef visit the USA, and particularly new York, is a masterful stroke of writing. In a number of extremely unusual (in `normal' lives, that is) circumstances the writer cleverly invites the reader to experience the complex feelings of a father for his errant(?) son and his favourite past pupils in an alien environment. The reader is led through a range of exciting and often dangerous situations, often feeling that maybe Omar is, in this novel, going to finish his career as a sleuth by being shot or stabbed! This must not happen!!
As someone about Omar's age, without the (resolved) drinking problem and his usual living conditions, from a similar background in education (in the UK though), I cannot help but feel a great empathy with Omar. Perhaps this is why I enjoy reading about him so much.
I have found this to be the most `unputdownable' of the series and I look forward to more - if Matt can find the time to write them.
This time, Yussef in in New York, in the area of 'Little Palestine' in Brooklyn, where he is visiting his son, and giving a speech at a UN conference.
As per Rees' previous novels, it gives an intriguing insight into the mind of an ordinary Palestinian, more family than religious oriented, but still with a love of his people and exuding the warmth of hospitality they show.
The mystery of the fourth assassin is second fiddle in a way to understanding and exploring the relationships and beliefs of Palestinians, albeit done in a very easily readable and approachable way.
Better than his last book, The Samaritan's Secret', it lacks a fifth star due to the fact it felt too short!
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 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.
If you are yet to meet Omar Yussef, try one of the other books first. If you already know him, join him on his trip to New York. He will not disappoint you. Bless your hands, Matt!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Suggested by a friend. The beginning was entertaining - The unfolding story of the murder rather convincing. The character Yussef well developed. Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2012 by bertodem
First Sentence: As he left the R train and came up the narrow, gum-blackened steps from the Fourth Avenue subway in Brooklyn, Omar Yussef glanced around for armed robbers and... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2012 by L. J. Roberts
I dont think the reviewer who compared this to rebus or morse had ever read either of them. Is it politically correct to laud an arabic/palestinian protagonist? Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2010 by Tfk