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Jul.16.2009
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...
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Jul.15.2009
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 read a book...
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Jul.14.2009
My favorite little coffee shop in Jerusalem’s Old City is just inside the Muslim Quarter, behind the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected. Once you’ve sucked on the tobacco in this café, even hanging on a cross with nails through your...
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Jul.14.2009
Anyone who’s perused the crime fiction section of their bookstore knows the joy of finding something original among the tired old shelves of loner detectives who play by their own rules on the mean streets of some dingy inner city. The clichés of the genre were uppermost in my mind when I chose to...
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Jul.12.2009
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has a forthcoming review praising my series of Palestinian crime novels "rich not only in character but in intellectual complexity." I blush to report that WRMEA Managing editor Janet McMahon and Don Neff, a famed predecessor of mine as...
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Jul.10.2009
The blog International Noir Fiction describes my series of Omar Yussef Mysteries as creating a "comedie humaine" for the Palestinians. It's a great review of the third  of my novels THE SAMARITAN'S SECRET by a reviewer who's obviously read and enjoyed the first two books as well. The...
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Jul.09.2009
The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burkepublished in the UK by The Friday Project isbn 1906321752 Seeing his brothers' houses blown down by the Big Bad Wolf ("I'll huff and I'll puff...") taught Harry Pigg to build his own house out of bricks, thus avoiding the grisly fate of the first...
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Jul.08.2009
My good pal Christopher G. Moore -- who shares with me a birthday today -- came up with a great idea for a new blog on international crime fiction. Chris, who writes a gritty, stylishly literate series of crime novels set in Bangkok, wanted to set up a blog where several authors of international...
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Jul.07.2009
The Devil’s CompanyBy David LissPublished: July 7, 2009 Random House isbn: 1400064198 Fans of swashbuckling classics by Alexandre Dumas and more recently Spaniard Arturo Perez-Reverte will love David Liss’s new novel The Devil’s Company. But they’ll also get something those authors don’t provide: a...
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Jul.05.2009
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...