Archive | January, 2008

24 January 2008 0 Comments

The Scotsman: The Bethlehem Murders "Indispensible"

Here’s a review in Scotland’s national newspaper (for which I was once Middle East correspondent and had a lot more fun than in any other job I’ve ever had) written by a former Labor Party cabinet minister and a prominent voice on the Middle East about the UK paperback version of the first Omar Yussef […]

24 January 2008 0 Comments Omar finds best moral justification for crime fiction

The independent web-review of crime fiction,, takes note of something that I think is very important about the first of my Omar Yussef Mysteries, The Collaborator of Bethlehem, which is out now in paperback in the U.S. (In the UK, it’s title is The Bethlehem Murders.) In her review, Yvonne Klein notes that my […]

16 January 2008 0 Comments

Library Journal: Compelling Mystery, Evocative Prose in Portrait of Wounded Society

Library Journal, the very important U.S. pre-publication review, lauds the second Omar Yussef Mystery A Grave in Gaza in its latest issue. Here’s the review: In Rees’s exceptionally fine follow-up to his highly praised debut, The Collaborator of Bethlehem, the Palestinian government in Gaza is a fiction: warring gangs collaborate only to loot… At 56, […]

7 January 2008 0 Comments

Blog Down Under Lauds Omar as Year’s Best

The first of my Omar Yussef Palestinian mystery novels has already been picked as one of the best of the year by the BBC and The Guardian in the UK and by Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly in the US. Now the blog AustCrimeFiction, which usually focuses on Australian and New Zealand mysteries, names The Bethlehem […]