Thursday, March 25, 2010
THE FOURTH ASSASSIN by Matt Benyon Rees (Soho Crime)
This is the fourth book in the Omar Yussef series but the first that I have read. Omar is a principle/teacher in a Palestinian refugee camp. He travels to New York for a United Nations conference and a visit with his son Ala. Ala is living in NY with two childhood friends in a large Palestinian community. When he arrives at Ala’s apartment, no one is home, but Omar finds a headless body. He fears it is his son but later his son returns. Ala becomes the main suspect when the other roommate appears to be missing. Omar begins to investigate to clear his son’s name. The murderer has left clues that point to the Assassins, an ancient Shitite sect. Ala and his roommates had a club by that name when they were children. Omar thinks there is either a connection or someone trying to frame his son. There are many shocking surprises as this story develops into an international conspiracy. The author addresses many religious, social, and political issues and misconceptions that are prevalent in the US and the world.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the Mideast and to be entertained while doing it.
Review by Helen Jones
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