Indispensable... Rees not only provides a classic investigation into a terrible crime, he paints a picture of life in this hell-hole, with Palestinian gangs warring with each other while the Israeli presence looms...First-rate crime.
Rees captures the touching undercurrent of existence in the direst circumstances... A rare crime novel.
Provocative... Rees adopts a humanist perspective, keeping the military maneuvers in the background and focusing on ordinary people struggling to live ordinary lives... He takes Omar Yussef into every nook and cranny of this ancient city, from the tunnels of the old souk to the mansions on Mount Jerizim built by the ruling elite.
New York Times