23 June 2010 7 Comments

Soggy sheep at breakfast

I was under the impression that the English weren’t allowed into Wales any more, now that Tony Blair persuaded us we ought to have at least half a government of our own and let Westminster pay for it. I assume Colin Cotterill managed to make it through the border undercover on his Australian passport. Which […]

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 […]

4 November 2009 0 Comments

Looking for somewhere to kill someone: suggestions please

I’m always looking for a good spot in which to kill someone. Still, as a crime writer, I rarely have to ask about potential locations for a good murder. People are keen to suggest that the blood be spilled on their doorstep. Most recently, it was a pastor and his wife. To be fair, they […]

28 October 2009 0 Comments

No more Mister Nice Guy

This is where it gets ugly. Last week I zapped off the manuscript of my new novel to my agent in New York. My wife told me to get working on the next book. It’s not because she’s worried about me slacking off and failing to pay the rent. No, it’s because she knows what […]

5 August 2009 2 Comments

The Last Man in London

Here’s my latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: During my teens, my family lived in a house in Addington, at the very farthest reach of South London. At the bottom of the hill, the road made its final exit from London. Not quite wide enough for two cars, it traveled onto […]

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 […]