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Joseph Braude in The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World, takes the reader inside an Arab security force in Casablanca. In so doing, he provides a true crime story about a robbery (or something) that has gone wrong and a victim left for dead. The story lopes along until Braude, an American, starts interviewing family members and friends of the dead man. Then he confronts security force officials to solve the murder. Along the way, the reader gets an inside look at how the culture works, conflict between the "old ways" and new ways of looking at the world conflict, and the courage it takes to unravel a murder mystery there. Thoughtful, interesting, and informative to the reader of true crime and the general reader with an interest in the region in general. The reading of Benson Simmonds is a plus.
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The premise of the story is compelling, it starts out promisingly. The initial pacing was good but the author does not stay as focused in the middle. Although I enjoy context in a story, when context overshadows the plot I am disappointed. I did gain a perspective on Morocco.