20 December 2009 0 Comments

Big Mouth recommends my debut as “bloody good but a little bit different” for Christmas

Scott Pack, controversial publishing guru and self-declared big mouth (I can tell you he’s rather more charming in person than such a description would imply), recommends my debut novel THE BETHLEHEM MURDERS (US title THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM)for a Christmas gift on his blog. Writes Scott, as he roasts his chestnuts over an open fire at his […]

25 July 2009 0 Comments

“Kill someone soon!” Dan Fesperman’s advice on The Writing Life

Journalists often dream of turning the more dramatic events to which they’ve been witness into fiction. Relatively few do so successfully, and certainly not with the panache of Dan Fesperman. He has stood out from the crowd of journalist-turned-thrillerists since his fabulous debut “Lie in the Dark.” It was based on his time reporting from […]

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 […]

24 May 2009 0 Comments

Acid-attacks, Crucifixions, and a new Patricia Cornwell: Caro Ramsay’s Writing Life interview

Caro Ramsay’s debut “Absolution” is one of the most disturbing thrillers you’ll ever read. It features a beautiful woman who’s the victim of an acid attack and a series of disembowelments in the “Crucifixion killings” of young women. Caro’s also from one of the roughest neighborhoods of Glasgow, where she sets her novels. Would it […]

12 May 2009 0 Comments

The Writing Life interview: Barbara Nadel

One of the jobs authors are required to perform to help promote their work is the strange task of procuring from other authors something called a “blurb”—the praise you’ll find on the back cover of books. They ought to come from authors whose readers might also be interested in your book–that’s the idea. In 2006, […]

11 July 2008 0 Comments

First Omar Yussef wins CWA dagger

My first Omar Yussef novel has won its first big prize. Last night in London, I was awarded the Crime Writers Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger. It’s the CWA’s award for a first novel. It’s a great thrill, recognition for my book and my work. The prize is a real dagger — I don’t […]

24 June 2008 0 Comments

‘Collaborator of Bethlehem’ nominated for Macavity Award

My first novel The Collaborator of Bethlehem (UK title The Bethlehem Murders) has been nominated for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery by Mystery Readers International. That’s now three awards for which the novel has been nominated in the last two weeks alone, including the CWA John Creasey Dagger and the Barry Award. For […]

4 June 2008 0 Comments

My first novel ‘The Bethlehem Murders’ nominated for CWA award

My first Palestinian detective novel The Bethlehem Murders (US title The Collaborator of Bethlehem) has been nominated for the Crime Writers Association’s John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. It’s not my first prize nomination, but it’s really a thrill as it’s the first in the UK–and the CWA is a fabulous organization. Here’s a link to […]