4 August 2011 4 Comments

Sicko Writing: Is Crime Fiction Too Gory?

When I worked as a journalist at a major US magazine, it was clear that readers didn’t respond to hard news. They wanted features. Not fluffy features. Serious features. But they’d had enough of news stories about what happened that week. What did the editors do? They ordered correspondents to write hard news. Because they […]

23 June 2011 2 Comments

Unpolished Fleming, Paranoid Mankell

I’ve seen two things in the last week that allowed me to compare something of the way crime writers used to appear in public and their present avatars. It only made me wish for the good old days even more than I used to. The comparison is between: a delightful radio chat on the BBC […]

3 June 2011 0 Comments

Sexy classical music and crime novels

When Peter Cook admitted to Dudley Moore that he was “turned on by dead Popes,” it was a satire on those among us who’re so bored by their lives as to be infinitely suggestible. Thus a dead pope lying on a catafalque in white robes looks “at peace, at rest, and ****ing fanciable.” The joke, […]

25 May 2011 4 Comments

Great New FREE Crime Fiction Podcast!

I hope you all like the headline. I think it ought to rate well on search engines. See how technological I’ve become? The coming week will see the unveiling of my new podcast. I’ll be podcasting as The Man of Twists and Turns, which is the title of my own blog (and the identifier Homer […]

4 August 2010 3 Comments

Sondheim in the West Bank

I’m in between drafts of a novel, so I thought I’d look for something to clear my head. Inspired by a BBC broadcast last week in honor of the 80th birthday of Broadway lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, I’ve been working on a musical version of my Palestinian crime novels. (Only in the shower, so […]

25 November 2009 0 Comments

Where BBC radio producers get their ideas

I was invited to appear on a BBC World Service programme last weekend. If you’ve ever wondered how radio producers feed their on-air people interesting information about their guests (thus enabling them to create a breezy “chemistry” and to relate the day’s news stories to the knowledge or experience of the guest), here’s the questionnaire […]

22 November 2009 0 Comments

My Palestinian crime novels, Ethiopian marathoners and Michael Jackson’s glove on the BBC

I was on the BBC World Service’s The World Today chatting about my Palestinian crime novels today. Because of the nature of the show, I also was asked my opinions on Cairo’s muezzins, Ethiopian distance running and the value of Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted white glove (you remember, the one he wore at the Motown Awards […]

12 April 2009 0 Comments

Somali pirates, Sri Lankan battles and capybara meat in roquefort sauce

I was a guest on the BBC World Service’s The World Today programme this morning. It’s an eclectic news show which ranges from Somali pirates, to the Sri Lankan government’s bloody new assault on the Tamil Tigers, and the taste of capybara meat (a clandestine delicacy in Venezuela apparently, although the BBC’s reporter sampled it […]

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 […]

21 December 2007 0 Comments

Tribune: Omar a Superb Central Character

Yesterday I noted that BBC Radio had made my novel The Bethlehem Murders a Christmas reading pick. Here’s a little of what Jeff Park most generously said about the first of my Palestinian detective novels on the BBC’s Front Row programme: “Matt Rees has given us an incredible tapestry…It’s a wonderful, wonderful book. A fantastically […]