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Feb.02.2011
If you’ve been wondering why the people of Tunisia and Egypt have risen up against their dictators and why it caught Washington with pants down, it’s because you didn’t read THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, the latest of my Palestinian crime novels.In THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, which was published exactly a year ago...
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Oct.13.2010
The crime novel tradition seems to have little connection to love. Maybe sometimes love in a perverse sense is the spur to the murder at the heart of most crime novels – the spurned husband killing his wife, for example. But usually the detective is a loveless loner, pining without much hope like...
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Apr.05.2010
In this weekend's Sunday Times (London) my Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef is described as "one of the most beguiling of current sleuths." You can read the roundup in full at Times Online, but here's the section about my newest novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN: Set in a pulsating, multicultural...
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Apr.02.2010
Since 9/11, journalists and writers have tried to understand the extremists committed to the destruction of the West and, often, that of their own societies in the Middle East. Writers have mostly done this by “going inside” the world of those extremists, giving us the inner life of suicide bombers...
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Mar.07.2010
Kingsley Amis said that “a bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn’t allow it to spoil your lunch.” That’s because Kingsley, bless his vindictive old heart, was no doubt too busy ruining someone else’s. Believe me, a bad review leaves a bad taste all day long. That’s not because of any...
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Mar.02.2010
Top crime fiction blog Gumshoe Review rates my new Palestinian crime novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN very highly: "Rees does an excellent job of showing the pressures on the young Palestinians and describing the microcosm of one immigrant community within the U.S. The mystery also contains plenty of...
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Feb.27.2010
New Yorkers have "seen it all" -- that's their attitude to life. It's not surprising, given the madhouse that is the Big Apple. But I've now officially done something that'll shock them. In The New York Times Book Review's crime fiction roundup by Marilyn Stasio, my new novel THE FOURTH...
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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.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.14.2010
My new Palestinian crime novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN is one of five "This Week's Hot Reads" on The Daily Beast, which also happens to be the hot read of the web these days. The Beast writes of the book and its Brooklyn setting: "Rees paints a meticulous portrait of the post-9/11...