When Omar Yussef, a Palestinian schoolteacher, travels to New York for a UN Conference, he’s eager to visit his youngest son Ala, who lives in Bay Ridge, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Palestinian community. He finds a headless corpse in his son’s room. When the cops show up Ala refuses to give an alibi and is arrested. Desperate to prove his son’s innocence, Omar Yussef delves deeper, uncovering a deadly international conspiracy.
“Engrossing” — The New York Times
“Intelligent and suspenseful” — The Daily Beast
“Classic work” — Bookreporter
“Excellent” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most beguiling of current sleuths” — The Sunday Times
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Matt reads an excerpt from The Fourth Assassin:
New York Examiner
With a hint of Dan Brown’s knack for infusing history and religion into a thrilling crime and mystery novel, Matt Beynon Rees successfully tells the story of a man with strong ideas and morals who is forced to accept that even the brightest of minds can allow a life of crime to overtake them. Keeping you guessing until the very end, Rees manages to keep readers on their toes, unsure of who to trust, but always sure that Omar Yussef is the good guy, and will uncover the truth. Full review in New York Examiner
This is classic work that will stand up 20 or 30 years from now when you (maybe) and I (almost certainly) are gone, and the problems that currently exist will still remain. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully written, THE FOURTH ASSASSIN is strongly recommended.
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
The relentless cycle of violence and retribution follows Palestinian detective Omar Yussef to New York City, where he must deliver a speech at the U.N. on schooling in the Palestinian refugee camps, in Rees’s excellent fourth mystery…Yussef remains reliably human and compassionate toward human fallibility, while raging openly at the corruption of his own leaders.
“A unique mystery series” The Forward
THE FOURTH ASSASSIN (Omar Yussef Mystery 4)
The New York Times
New Yorkers are bound to be startled by the views of their city advanced by Matt Beynon Rees in THE FOURTH ASSASSIN. Over the course of an engrossing investigation, Yussef is educated in the harsh views of Arabs in some quarters of the city and exposed to the simmering anger of young Arabs. — Marilyn Stasio, Full review.
The Sunday Times (London)
Set in a pulsating, multicultural city, Yussef confirms his status as one of the most beguiling of current sleuths.
The Daily Beast
Intelligent and suspenseful…Rees paints a meticulous portrait of the post-9/11 community of Little Palestine and the tension of cultures trying to co-exist. Full review.
This is classic work that will stand up 20 or 30 years from now.
Matt wrote and performed a song about The Fourth Assassin:
Little Palestine: The Fourth Assassin by Matt Rees
The Fourth Assassin, the latest Omar Yussef novel, takes place in a part of Brooklyn that’s becoming “Little Palestine.” It’s a tragic love story set against the raucous backdrop of New York. So I made this a dance track with Arabic lyrics.