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Murder Under the Fig Tree
Kate Jessica Raphael

Palestine Mystery #2
She Writes Press
September 2017
On Sale: September 19, 2017
320 pages
ISBN: 1631522744
EAN: 9781631522741
Kindle: B07412L87W
Trade Size / e-Book
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Thriller Political | Mystery Woman Sleuth

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 manís 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 manís 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 victimís world, forcing her to question her beliefs about love, justice, and cultural identity.

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