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Murder They Write

Jonathan Freedland, Matt Beynon Rees

27/02/2008 2:00 pm

Jonathan Freedland, alias Sam Bourne, tackles the Middle East conflict in his second gripping thriller, The Last Testament. With the Bethlehem Murders, Matt Rees has set off on a series of mysteries set in the West Bank with school teacher turned detective Omar Yussef as their central character.

The two journalists explained what prompted them to start writing thrillers and discussed the Middle East, politics and fiction.

Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, where he is executive editor, Opinion. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View and has also written seven books.

Matt Beynon Rees

As a journalist, Matt Beynon Rees has covered the Middle East for over a decade. He\'s a Contributor for Time based in Jerusalem, where he was the magazine\'s bureau chief from June 2000 until January 2006. Matt Beynon Rees published a nonfiction account of the divisions within Israeli and Palestinian societies called Cain\'s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East in 2004. Bethlehem Murders was the first of a series of novels about Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef .