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Feb.24.2010
The dead man's mother raged and cried as she told me how she’d discovered her son’s body, in the cabbage patch outside her home. She’d lowered herself onto her knees, she said, touched his blood and wiped her fingers on her face and called out that God is most great. As the winter wind came cold...
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Feb.22.2010
The Independent has a regular feature in which it asks authors to write about a book which changed their lives somehow. Last week the London newspaper asked me to write the piece. Here it is: In early 1999, King Hussein fell sick on his return from treatment for cancer in the US. I was the Middle...
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Feb.15.2010
On the My Book, The Movie blog, I was asked to muse about who I'd choose to play Omar Yussef in the movies. Well, musing I can do -- it's about as solid as the actual movie business itself, so why not. Here's what I wrote: I didn’t need to think of an actor. Not until I’d finished my book. Then the...
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Feb.09.2010
During my swing through New York this last few weeks, I dropped into the space-age HQ of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Once my eyes had adjusted to the superbright white light everywhere, I settled into a studio for a video interview with Jon Friedman (the man...
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Feb.08.2010
The Campaign for the American Reader blog empire's flagship is the Page 69 Test. The premise is this: open any book to page 69; if it grabs you, that's a better indication of whether you'll enjoy the book than simply reading the opening page. Try it on a book you like (and one you don't), it...
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Feb.02.2010
Crime writer J. Sydney Jones has set up an interesting new blog called Scene of the Crime. He aims to interview authors about the impact on their writing of the location and also about the sense of place in their novels -- usually from far-flung countries. This week he features me on my Palestinian...
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Feb.01.2010
Often a novelist can humanize foreign affairs in ways a journalist can't. To mark publication today of my new Palestinian crime novel The Fourth Assassin, I posted this for my regular column on GlobalPost. Though we do so at our peril, overseas events are easy to ignore. We flip past the foreign...
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Jan.24.2010
Award-winning crime writer Matt Beynon Rees reads from THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, his new novel, Feb. 2 in New York. The fourth installment in Matt's Crime Writers Association Dagger-winning series about Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef is published Feb. 1. In New York for a UN conference, Omar uncovers an...
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Jan.19.2010
In the current Library Journal, my forthcoming Palestinian crime novel, THE FOURTH ASSASSIN (out Feb. 1) gets a good review that highlights the themes and implications beyond the solving of the mystery. For those who don't have a copy of the magazine (in which case you'll have missed the award for...
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Jan.15.2010
The best thing about moving from journalism to fiction writing is that people show you more respect. As a journalist covering a contentious issue like the Israel-Palestinian conflict, I was often subject to rather nasty verbal attacks during public speaking engagements. For a partisan of either...