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Jan.01.2010
One of my favorite Italian writers, Giuseppe di Lampedusa, wrote: "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change." So I'm inaugurating my new blog today, to see in the New Year, with the same insightful content, of course, but a good-looking, up-to-date platform with...
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Dec.25.2009
I like to do my bit to help the effort to save our planet. Last week in Rome my wife and I confronted a brand new recycling program which, mainly, seemed to consist of workmen loading enormous amounts of bottles into their tiny dump truck outside our window at 5 a.m. We cheered them on and put our...
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Dec.24.2009
Because I’m such a hip and happening author, I’m redoing my blog. Actually, I’m not redoing it. My friend Harry’s doing it. He’s hip and happening (check out his photo and wish for his cool, Daddy-O). The point of the blog is to make me LOOK that way. Until now I’ve mused about the writing of my...
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Dec.21.2009
One of my biggest boosters has been Bill Ott, reviewer for the pre-publication review Booklist. Here's his review of my forthcoming THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, which is out in the US and the UK on Feb. 1: "Road-trips in crime series have the built-in problem of removing their heroes from the...
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Dec.20.2009
Scott Pack, controversial publishing guru and self-declared big mouth (I can tell you he's rather more charming in person than such a description would imply), recommends my debut novel THE BETHLEHEM MURDERS (US title THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM) for a Christmas gift on his blog Me and My Big...
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Dec.20.2009
Publishers Weekly, the pre-publication review, stars my new Palestinian crime novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, which will be published Feb. 1 in the US and the UK. Here's the PW review: "The relentless cycle of violence and retribution follows Palestinian detective Omar Yussef to New York City,...
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Dec.03.2009
When it comes to homosexuals, Palestinians have it all ass-backwards. That's why I introduced homosexuality as a theme of <a href="http://www.mattbeynonrees.com/nablus.htm">THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET</a>, my most recent Palestinian crime novel. I wanted to show how negative...
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Nov.29.2009
Rain on the streets of Bethlehem can't cool simmering tension. By Matt Beynon Rees - GlobalPost BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A writer seeks the surprise of a “man bites dog” story. The most violent times of the Second Intifada, which took place under the leaden winter skies of early 2002, gave me mine....
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Nov.26.2009
I went back to the spot where I killed my first man yesterday. I killed him four years ago. I return every few months. Each time I arrive, it’s so peaceful I can’t believe anyone really died. But, even though I’m a writer of crime fiction, someone really did. I walked across a dirt lot, puddled...
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Nov.22.2009
I was on the BBC World Service's <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2009/03/000000_world_today.shtml">The World Today</a> chatting about my Palestinian crime novels today. Because of the nature of the show, I also was asked my opinions on Cairo's muezzins,...