3 March 2009 0 Comments

Mystery fiction not limited by form, highly instructive

People who don’t know any better sometimes tell me that I’m a good writer and they’d like to see me write a “real novel,” instead of my Palestinian crime novels. Usually I tell them Raymond Chandler once wrote that there are just as many bad “real” literary novels written as bad mysteries — but the bad literary novels just don’t get published. Now I’ll be able to add something else to my always polite correction of this misconception about crime novels. That’s because of a review of my new Palestinian crime novel THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET in the Feb. 7 issue of The Tablet, a British magazine published for the Roman Catholic community. The Tablet makes THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET “Novel of the Week” and reviewer Anthony Lejeune writes that it’s “a novel thick with atmosphere, memorable, unusual and the clearest possible proof that mystery fiction can be moulded into any literary form and is often highly instructive.”

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