15 February 2010 2 Comments

Who’ll play Omar in the movies…?

On the My Book, The Movie blog, I was asked to write about who I’d choose to play Omar Yussef in the movies. Here’s what I wrote: I didn’t need to think of an actor. Not until I’d finished my book. Then the thinking really started. The Palestinian detective hero of my books, Omar Yussef, […]

23 November 2009 0 Comments

Why Israelis pick Tarantino over Spielberg

Latent shame over the Jews’ failure to stand up to the Nazis is cited as a reason for the success of “Inglourious Basterds.”By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM, Israel — Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is the definitive Israeli movie. The bloodthirsty revenge fantasy of Jewish soldiers crushing German skulls with baseball bats and scalping […]

25 August 2009 0 Comments

Ellroy Queen: Megan Abbott’s Writing Life

Megan Abbott is the female James Ellroy. When I read her Edgar-award-winning “Queenpin,” I immediately was put in mind of everyone’s favorite noirmeister. Dig it. Even more I loved “The Song is You,” in which Abbott took a real-life missing persons case from 1949 and plumbed her Hollywood characters for real debauchery and dirt like […]

7 August 2009 0 Comments

A great “What if”: Richard Jay Parker’s Writing Life

In his terrific “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” Stephen King notes that the best way to start a novel is with a compelling “what if.” Try this one: “Vacation Killer” sends out a chain email declaring that he’s kidnapped a woman and that if you don’t forward the email to 10 friends he’ll […]

6 August 2009 0 Comments

NPR on crime fiction

Wisconsin Public Radio airs a full hour discussing contemporary crime fiction. It’s mainly an interview with the best crime fiction blogger, Peter Rozovsky, whose Detectives Beyond Borders is a fabulous read, full of information and sound opinions. The radio show focuses on “noir” — which Peter defines more convincingly than anyone I’ve heard before as […]

22 July 2009 0 Comments

Bruno in Jerusalem

It’s hard enough to get around the notorious Ein el-Hilweh Refugee Camp in Lebanon at the best of times. I can testify to that, having had a few sweaty-palmed visits to the place myself to interview the hardline Palestinian gunmen who rule the camp. Try doing it after calling on the head of the Aqsa […]