3 November 2011 2 Comments

The Next Big Series Detective

I began my career as a novelist with a series of four Omar Yussef Mysteries, in which the protagonist was a Palestinian sleuth. I’ve followed those books with two stand-alone novels, as they’re called. The first is published this week in the US. MOZART’S LAST ARIA is the story of Nannerl Mozart, who goes to […]

1 November 2011 0 Comments

Matt on Rusty Mike Radio

I did an interview on an internet radio station here in Jerusalem with the delightful Adam Mallerman. We chatted about my Omar Yussef novels, as well as how I came to live in Jerusalem and write MOZART’S LAST ARIA.

22 September 2011 3 Comments

Screenplaying

Whenever a novelist’s biography tells me that he’s “working on a screenplay,” my heart falls. I feel pity for the poor fellow who’s no doubt heading for disappointment (most scripts don’t get made) and for the novel, which exerts such a lesser lure than the glamour of the movies that a perfectly good novelist will […]

21 July 2011 0 Comments

FT: ‘Omar Yussef is one of crime fiction’s most original protagonists’

Adam Lebor, a superb thriller-writer in his own right, picks some top summer thriller reads in the Financial Times this week (where there’s also a big profile of Lee Child). Adam very kindly includes one of my Omar Yussef mysteries, The Saladin Murders (US title: A Grave in Gaza). Here’s what he writes: There are […]

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 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: Arab Spring short story in Syria

My experience as a foreign correspondent throughout the Middle East places me uniquely to understand the ‘Arab Spring’ freedom movement sweeping the region. ‘Damascus Trance’ is an original short story about the violent current events in the Syrian capital. In this podcast I read the story in full and explain why my fictional response to […]

25 May 2011 4 Comments

Great New FREE Crime Fiction Podcast!

I hope you all like the headline. I think it ought to rate well on search engines. See how technological I’ve become? The coming week will see the unveiling of my new podcast. I’ll be podcasting as The Man of Twists and Turns, which is the title of my own blog (and the identifier Homer […]

20 May 2011 2 Comments

Fiction best way to look at ‘Arab Spring’

Here’s a talk I gave to a group of journalists in Jerusalem last week about my new ‘Arab Spring’ short story. In DAMASCUS TRANCE, I decided to make an immediate response to the bloody crackdown on freedom demonstrators by the Syrian government. The story involves my Palestinian detective character Omar Yussef, the politics of the […]

18 May 2011 1 Comment

My Arab Spring short story en francais

The superb French crime fiction blog Le Blog du Polar has a French-language version of my story Damascus Trance. I released this new Omar Yussef short story last week as an immediate response to the Syrian government’s crackdown on freedom demonstrators. Blogger Catherine Dô-Duc suggested translating it and I was more than happy to put […]

13 May 2011 4 Comments

Author’s dilemma: What’s next?

Damn, I’ve done it again. Finished a novel, sent it to my publisher…Oh, dear. What’s next? If I write that this is THE authorial dilemma, I’m sure I’ll get emails from writers who just can’t finish their book, or from readers who’d like to be writers telling me that I shouldn’t be complaining about such […]