22 December 2011 2 Comments

The Best First Paragraphs in Crime Fiction: Part 2

I’m writing this in a plain office in the corner of a building that was described by the realtor as “exclusive,” though it doesn’t exclude despondent ultra-Orthodox Jews panhandling for cash, plumbers who break all the pipes you hadn’t called them to fix, or the cheerful lady who lets her dog pee in the elevator. […]

4 January 2007 0 Comments

San Francisco Chronicle: Rees the New Hammett

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jerusalem correspondent Matthew Kalman profiles me in today’s edition of the paper. It’s a long article with lots of praise for the Omar Yussef Mysteries. It also compares me to one of my heroes, the great San Francisco crime writer Dashiell Hammett:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/04/DDGF6NBRN71.DTL