31 August 2010 3 Comments

Going historical

Writing of the disdain expressed for genre novels by critics, Raymond Chandler said that there were just as many bad “literary novels” of the type favored by critics as there were bad genre stories – except that the bad literary novels didn’t get published. In other words, there’s nothing inherent in so-called genre fiction that […]

12 November 2009 0 Comments

Jerusalem’s a zoo

When foreign correspondents come to Jerusalem they often ask me for advice on stories and places from which to witness the various conflicts that play out in this city. Next time, I’m going to buy them a ticket to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. I go there every Saturday afternoon with my two-year-old son. But perhaps […]

30 July 2009 0 Comments

Win a copy of my book

I’ve been writing for a new blog founded by me and three other crime writers. One of them, the ever-inventive Christopher G. Moore, came up with the idea for a competition. He got the idea after I suggested in a blog post last week that my Palestinian detective character Omar Yussef ought to stand for […]

24 July 2009 0 Comments

Omar Yussef for President of Palestine!

My latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: Unlike the Palestinians (who don’t have one), Palestinian politics is in a real state. A civil war that’s been bubbling and sometimes burning for two years plus. No government in Gaza because Hamas, which rules there, is isolated. Accusations by a top PLO official […]

20 July 2009 0 Comments

Clitoris follows vagina on Cotterill blog

I’ve joined up with a few other crime writers to fill a single blog, International Crime Authors Reality Check, with original content. Last week Colin Cotterill wrote about his attempt to get a “vagina” into the title of one of his novels. This week, Colin has a hilarious post about his bemusing appearance at the […]

8 July 2009 0 Comments

Great new International Crime Fiction blog

My good pal Christopher G. Moore — who shares with me a birthday today — came up with a great idea for a new blog on international crime fiction. Chris, who writes a gritty, stylishly literate series of crime novels set in Bangkok, wanted to set up a blog where several authors of international crime […]