26 January 2010 0 Comments

Omar’s new German edition

The third of my Palestinian crime novels THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET is out in Germany this week. “Der Tote von Nablus” (The Dead Man of Nablus) as it’s being titled in Germany sees Omar Yussef (or Omar Jussuf, as he’s known to his Deutsche fans) investigating the theft of an ancient scroll in Nablus — only […]

2 October 2009 0 Comments

Neon pee on the Reeperbahn, and other travels

The whole point of travel is to see Red Light districts around the world. That’s what I assume my German publisher C.H. Beck thinks. Or maybe that’s what they think I’ll like. Anyway, they keep sending me to Hamburg, which has one of the most famous naughty neighborhoods in the world. At the invitation of […]

9 August 2009 0 Comments

Five smokes and a new novel: Klaus Modick’s Writing Life

When my second novel A GRAVE IN GAZA was being translated into German, I received an email from my translator. He had a number of penetrating questions about certain phrases I’d used in the book. He also happened to be the only translator who asked me a question about any of my books (and my […]

20 April 2009 0 Comments

Krimis, polars, gialli: What crime novels are called around the world

Sometimes people talk about crime novels as though they were all the same. The sheer number of different names for variants of the crime novel proves that isn’t true. Police procedural. Mystery novel. Thriller. Cosy. Exotic detective. Supernatural. I used to think there was little real difference, but then my UK publisher told me he […]

3 April 2009 0 Comments

This is the life, Part 1: Germany

You’ll find a lot of writers’ blogs complaining about book tours. Not here. When I find one of my publishers around the world is happy to present me to hundreds of people who want to hear me talk about myself in fascinating places, I sign up right away. That’s how I found myself in the […]