24 February 2011 10 Comments

For Arabs: democracy, then crime fiction

Crime fiction may not be the first thing on the minds of the protesters taking to the streets for democracy across the Arab world. But one of the offshoots of the downfall of Arab dictators is sure to be an explosion of thrillers and mysteries. Until now there has been almost no crime fiction written […]

9 September 2010 2 Comments

Overturning detective fiction: everyone’s guilty in my novels

The “Golden Age” of the detective story was the 1920s and 1930s. It was a turbulent period. In Britain, the General Strike. In the U.S., the Depression. Civil war in Spain, and in Germany the rise of the Nazis. Red scares everywhere, fascists too. But the detective story was a solace to those who lived […]

18 April 2008 0 Comments

Le Figaro: Omar Yussef is the Hercule Poirot of the Near East

The latest issue of Le Figaro’s Magazine includes a terrific review of my latest Palestinian mystery novel (titled in the US A Grave in Gaza and in the UK The Saladin Murders), comparing my hero Omar Yussef to Agatha Christie’s great Belgian detective: Omar Yussef returns…Here is the Hercule Poirot of the Near East immersed […]

22 August 2007 0 Comments

BBC on crime fiction trends

The BBC has a terrific article on new trends in crime fiction on its website today. It includes details of a new series of Agatha Christie comic books — with a few sample illustrations of Poirot in cartoon form — and some analysis of recent changes in the genre. One of the elements it picks […]