26 May 2008 0 Comments

Jerusalem Report: ‘a first-class yarn and unique insight’

The Jerusalem Report’s current edition includes a great review/interview on my second Palestinian crime novel, A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders). Editor Avi Hoffmann writes: “If you’re a detective-thriller fan and you’re interested in the Middle East, then you’ve come to the right book. In his second novel on the seamy side […]

19 April 2008 0 Comments

Eclectica Magazine: ‘A Grave in Gaza’ more than a mystery, more than fiction — it’s the real Palestine

Colleen Mondor reviews my second Palestinian crime novel A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders) in Eclectica Magazine and has wonderful things to say about it, including: “It is easier for westerners to believe that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict comes down to good and bad on one side or the other–we cling still to […]

23 February 2008 0 Comments

Daily Express: Omar Yussef ‘clearly a detective who is here to stay’

Here’s a review in the big UK newspaper The Daily Express of my new crime novel The Saladin Murders (US title: A Grave in Gaza) TRUE GRIT ON A QUEST FOR JUSTICEMatt Rees has embarked on a series rooted in violence Friday February 15,2008 By Peter Burton There was once a time when thrillers could […]

9 February 2008 0 Comments

Reviewingtheevidence.com: Omar "a charming curmudgeon"; my 2nd novel "shouldn’t be missed"

The independent book blog Reviewingtheevidence.com gives a terrific assessment of my new Omar Yussef Mystery, A Grave in Gaza (UK title: The Saladin Murders), calling it “literate and completely absorbing.” Here’s some more from the review:“The character of Omar is a wonderful lead for any book. In no way is he a crime-fighting, muscular force […]

1 February 2008 0 Comments

First Palestinian Film Noir

With the publication of my second Palestinian detective novel, I decided to give readers some of the atmosphere of the place, so I made a video with my friend, photojournalist David Blumenfeld, on Youtube. I was the first to bring detective fiction to Palestine — I’m pretty sure I’m now the first to bring film […]

1 February 2008 0 Comments

New Omar Yussef Novel Published in US, UK

The second in my series of crime novels about Palestinian detective Omar Yussef is published today in the US and UK. The new novel is called A Grave in Gaza (in the UK, The Saladin Murders). Omar goes to Gaza to conduct a schools inspection, but finds himself caught in a missile-smuggling ring, infighting between […]

16 January 2008 0 Comments

Library Journal: Compelling Mystery, Evocative Prose in Portrait of Wounded Society

Library Journal, the very important U.S. pre-publication review, lauds the second Omar Yussef Mystery A Grave in Gaza in its latest issue. Here’s the review: In Rees’s exceptionally fine follow-up to his highly praised debut, The Collaborator of Bethlehem, the Palestinian government in Gaza is a fiction: warring gangs collaborate only to loot… At 56, […]

4 December 2007 0 Comments

Booklist: New Omar Yussef novel has "power, style, and emotion"

Though my second Omar Yussef Mystery (titled in the US A Grave in Gaza and in the UK The Saladin Murders) won’t be out until February, already the pre-publication reviewers are impressed. Booklist, a big US publication read by librarians and booksellers, gives A Grave in Gaza a starred review in its forthcoming issue. Here’s […]

4 July 2007 0 Comments

Who kidnapped Alan Johnston? Look inside the Palestinian Authority for a real dirty deal

BBC journalist Alan Johnston is free, but the truth behind his five months as a hostage in Gaza remains murky. If you only read the newspapers, that is. Journalists won’t be telling you who really kidnapped the 45-year-old Scottish reporter, or why he was released now. So I’ll tell you: powerful figures inside the Palestinian […]