Matt Beynon Rees is an award-winning crime novelist who lives in Jerusalem. Major authors have compared him to Graham Greene and John Le Carre. The French magazine L'Express called him "the Dashiell Hammett of the Middle East." Born in Wales, Rees has covered the Middle East as a journalist for more than a decade, including six years as Jerusalem bureau chief for Time Magazine. The first of his Palestinian crime novels won the Crime Writers Association's John Creasey Dagger in 2008. There are now four books in his Omar Yussef Mystery series, which have been sold to publishers in 23 countries.
Chandler, Hammett, Greene, Orwell, Bowles
MOZART'S LAST ARIA (UK, May 2011; US, Fall 2011): The long wait for a successor to "Amadeus" is over! Nannerl Mozart is living a dull, loveless life with her husband in a remote village near Salzburg in 1791 when she learns of the premature death of her brother, the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As children, they were musical prodigies who performed in the great palaces of Europe, but they’ve been estranged for years. Nannerl becomes suspicious about the cause of her brother’s death. Feeling guilty about their separation, she travels to Vienna where many of Wolfgang’s friends are scared to talk to her about his demise. Nannerl picks up clues linking Wolfgang to the Freemasons, who operate underground because of a ban by the Emperor. She also discovers an espionage ring run by the Prussian King which may involve her brother, and a scandalous affair with one of his pupils. Wolfgang’s patron Baron van Swieten aids her search for the truth, but she also faces opposition from the Emperor’s secret police. She learns that Wolfgang was trying to set up a new Masonic lodge, despite the Emperor’s hatred of the Masons’ revolutionary ideas. While watching a performance of his last opera, The Magic Flute, Nannerl recognizes a clue to the meaning of Wolfgang’s Masonic lodge. Her struggle to elude those who would keep the secrets of Wolfgang’s death takes her from the salons of the Imperial palace to the catacombs of Vienna’s churches and knife attacks in its alleys. As she decodes the clue her brother left for her in "The Magic Flute", she gains a new understanding for his music and its message of love.
International: Deborah Harris, The Deborah Harris Agency
US: Lisa Erbach Vance, The Aaron Priest Literary Agency
US: Soho Press (hardcover) New York, Houghton Mifflin Mariner (paperback) Boston
UK: Atlantic Books, London
France: Editions Albin Michel, Paris
Germany: CH Beck Verlag, Munich
For all others see "Languages" page on mattbeynonrees.com
I've learned piano to research my forthcoming novel MOZART'S LAST ARIA and I'm now studying oil painting (and rapier dueling) for CARAVAGGIO ON FIRE, my current project.
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