5 July 2011 0 Comments

Top 7 crime series around the world

The Christian Science Monitor names my Omar Yussef novels among its Top 7 Detective Series Set in Foreign Locales. My Palestinian sleuth takes his place alongside detectives by Alexander McCall Smith, Andrea Camilleri, Jason Goodwin, and Zoe Ferraris among others. I also have a terrific review from The Fringe Magazine for my new novel MOZART’S […]

2 March 2010 0 Comments

Gumshoe Review: THE FOURTH ASSASSIN ‘excellent’…and a list of crime fiction good, bad and pointless

Top crime fiction blog Gumshoe Review rates my new Palestinian crime novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN very highly: “Rees does an excellent job of showing the pressures on the young Palestinians and describing the microcosm of one immigrant community within the U.S. The mystery also contains plenty of twist and turns.” Read Mel Jacobs’s full review. […]

13 August 2009 0 Comments

Israel: Less corrupt than Somalia!

Seems even those holding the keys to the Holy Land need reminding that thou shall not steal. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM — In its international survey of corruption, Transparency International (TI) ranks Israel a respectable number 33 out of 180 countries. Pity the poor people of Somalia (rank: 180), because the graft […]

15 July 2009 0 Comments

Elmore Leonard’s 11th Rule of Writing

I’ve always enjoyed Elmore Leonard’s novels and seen him as one of the true stylists of popular fiction. In a review, I even described my pal Christopher G. Moore as the “Elmore Leonard of Bangkok” and I meant it as a compliment. But I have a bone to pick with the great Elmore. I just […]

7 February 2009 0 Comments

‘A Grave in Gaza’ Indie Booksellers’ Pick

With the paperback version of “A Grave in Gaza”, the second of my Palestinian crime novels, out soon, it has been included on the “Indie Next List,” in which independent booksellers across the US pick the new paperback releases they like best. Here’s what Kathleen Dixon of Islandtime Books & More, Washington Island, WI, writes […]