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Murder Under the Fig Tree
Murder Under the Fig Tree


 
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Murder Under the Fig Tree:

A Palestine Mystery

Kate Jessica Raphael

Hamas has taken power in Palestine, and the Israeli government is rounding up threats. When Palestinian policewoman Rania Bakara finds herself thrown in prison, though she has never been part of Hamas, her friend Chloe flies in from San Francisco to get her out. Chloe begs an Israeli policeman named Benny for help―and Benny offers Rania a way out: investigate the death of a young man in a village near her own. The young man’s neighbors believe the Israeli army killed him; Benny believes his death might not have been so honorable.

Initially, Rania refuses; she has no interest in helping the Israelis. But she is released anyway, and returns home to find herself without a job and suspected of being a traitor. Searching for redemption, she launches an investigation into the young man’s death that draws her into a Palestinian gay scene she never knew existed.

With Chloe and her Palestinian Australian lover as guides, Rania explores a Jerusalem gay bar, meets with a lesbian support group, and plunges deep into the victim’s world, forcing her to question her beliefs about love, justice, and cultural identity.

Reviews

"Raphael draws on her experience as a human rights worker in Palestine to capture the Occupied Territories’ intertwined grit and beauty. That, and a cast of thoughtfully developed characters will appeal to readers interested in complex political situations, such as fans of Parker Bilal’s Makana mysteries."
—Booklist

"
Murder Under the Fig Tree is a beautifully written and layered novel that takes on the complexities and ambiguities of Palestinian life; it’s also a damn good mystery that convincingly demonstrates a crime novel can also be fine literature."
—Michael Nava, author of Lay Your Sleeping Head

About the Author

· Paperback: 320 pages

· Publisher: She Writes Press (September 2017)

· Language: English

· ISBN-13: 978-1631522741




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