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 .
Murder They Write

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.

Homefront
Dancing Arabs, Sayed Kashua’s first novel, has been praised around the world for its uniquely human portrayal of a bright young Arab educated in an Israeli school who, trying to fit in two societies, ends up becoming a stranger in both. In Let It Be Morning, a journalist brings his family back to his native Arab village. Life is difficult, but it becomes impossible when Israeli tanks cut them off from the rest of the country. Both gripping novels address the political and human issues faced...