The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World

Joseph Braude

The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World
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The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World

Joseph Braude

Here is a remarkable story of how the Arab Islamic world is being transformed, one life at a time.

Joseph Braude, the first Western journalist ever to be embedded within an Arab security force, is assigned to a hardened unit of detectives in Casablanca who handle everything from busting al-Qaeda cells to solving homicides. One day, he’s given the file for a seemingly commonplace murder: a young guard at a warehouse has been killed in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong. Braude is intrigued by the details of the case: the sheer brutality of the murder; the identities of the accused — a soldier — and the victim, a shadowy migrant with links to a radical cleric; and the odd location — a warehouse owned by a wealthy member of one of the few thriving Jewish communities in the Arab world.

After interviewing the victim’s best friend, who tearfully insists that the true story of the murder has been covered up by powerful interests, Braude commits to getting to the bottom of it. Braude’s risky pursuit of the shocking truth behind the murder takes him from cosmopolitan Marrakesh to the proud Berber heartland, and from the homes of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country to the backstreets of Casablanca, where migrants come to make fortunes, jihad, and trouble, but often end up just trying to survive with dignity.

The Honoured Dead is a timely and riveting mystery about a society in transition, the power of the truth, and the irrepressible human need for justice.

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