Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Matt Rees and reality

Matt Rees, author of The Collaborator of Bethlehem (Bethlehem Murders in the U.K.) and A Grave in Gaza (The Saladin Murders) and subject of a Detectives Beyond Borders interview, has some interesting things to say in a new review/interview about the latter book in the Jerusalem Post. So does his reviewer/interviewer.

The novel's General Moussa Husseini, reviewer Avi Hoffmann writes, appears to be based on Yasser Arafat's cousin, the security chief Moussa Arafat, who met an end in 2005 like the one Husseini meets in A Grave in Gaza's most chilling and violent scene.

Back in the fictional word, Hoffmann cites a blurb that invoked Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse and Ian Rankin's Rebus alongside Rees' protagonist, Omar Yussef. Hoffmann says he finds the comparison strained, and he offers interesting reasons for doing so. He nominates his own candidate for a closer Yussef parallel, a choice I agree with: Yasmina Khadra's Brahim Llob.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the references of this book are Khadra and safe Dexter that it does not have waste, another thing is that it arrives at my country.

June 02, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for your comment. I recommend the novel, and apparently many people agree with me. It has been translated into a number of languages in addition to Spanish, including Hebrew.

Gracias por tu comentario. Recomiendo la novela, y mucha gente conviene al parecer conmigo. Se ha traducido a un número de idiomas además de español, incluyendo hebreo.

Gràcies pel teu comentari. Recomano la novel·la, i molta gent convé pel que sembla amb mi. S'ha traduït a un nombre d'idiomes a més d'espanyol, incloent hebreu.

June 03, 2008  
Blogger Albert said...

Thanks to you for your explanation and to use my language. Also I comment to you that I am reading a book that also remembers Yasmina Khadra, the author is a Spanish born in Tanger (Morocco) that has a very personal style. He is exciting. The author is called Antonio Lozano and the book is Harraga.
Gràcies per la teva aclaració i per fer servir la meva llengua.

June 03, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I enjoy Yasmina Khadra's crime novels, and I will investigate Antonio Lozano. I am always excited to learn about new authors. Thank you!

I gràcies per la lliçó de llengua. Jo utilitzaré el meu coneixement nou si jo visito Barcelona una altra vegada.

June 03, 2008  

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