25 July 2011 0 Comments

New Declan Burke gets Banville approval

One of the best crime fiction bloggers on the web also happens to be one of the most innovative and compelling writers of…crime fiction. Irishman Declan Burke, who pens the Crime Always Pays blog, has a new novel out. Absolute Zero Cool promises “a postmodern take on the crime thriller genre.” Booker Prize-winner John Banville, […]

17 September 2010 0 Comments

Fussy like Poirot, tarnished like Marlowe

Declan Burke runs an excellent blog on Irish crime writing. He also reviews for The Irish Times. Today the Times has this very gratifying review of my latest novel, along with write-ups of the new ones from Kate Atkinson, Don Winslow and Conor Fitzgerald, among others: “Matt Rees’s protagonist Omar Yussef generally prowls the mean […]

16 July 2009 0 Comments

Really, real fiction… and Welsh detectives

The new blog I’ve started with fellow crime writers Christopher G. Moore, Colin Cotterill and Barbara Nadel has a new post from me today. It’s about why I came to write so-called genre fiction. It starts like this: Writers have it all wrong. They think they need to learn about other writers. I studied English […]

4 July 2009 0 Comments

Review: The blood and ghosts of Belfast

The Twelve by Stuart NevilleHarvill Secker (July 2, 2009 isbn: 1846552796)(to be published in US in October as “The Ghosts of Belfast”, Soho Crime isbn: 1569476004) Things that seemed clear enough to kill for during a conflict become impossible to look at once the murdering is at an end. Anyone who’s lived through a war […]

28 June 2009 0 Comments

Hot Reading in East Jerusalem!

This weekend I was the guest of Munther Fahmi, who runs the excellent bookshop at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem, for a reading from my newest Palestinian crime novel THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET. Munther and I have been scheming for some time to organize an event, so it was great to finally get it […]

14 April 2009 0 Comments

Crime Always Pays

One of my favourite blogs is Declan Burke’s excellent Crime Always Pays, which does for Irish crime fiction what the famous toucan does for Guinness. As a Welsh crime writer, I assume I’m the next best thing to an Irish crime writer, so Declan includes me today in his long-running interview series “Ya Wanna Do […]