The mystery of Italy’s most controversial painter: Caravaggio.

Illuminates with sensitivity the dark portrait of one of the world’s most influential artists.–Daily Mail

A superb tale of intrigue and wrong doing in Renaissance Italy–It’s a Crime! blog

1605: Caravaggio, the most celebrated artist in Rome, falls for low-born Lena and paints her as his Madonna. Society is outraged. Caravaggio is forced into a duel – and kills a well-connected street tough. Under sentence of death he flees. Before he can return to Lena, he disappears…Get the UK edition.

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The wait for a successor to Amadeus is over

It’s 1791 and Wolfgang Mozart is Vienna’s brightest star. But six weeks after he tells his wife that he has been poisoned, the great composer is dead, amid rumors of infidelity, bankruptcy and murder. As his sister Nannerl looks closer, she finds traces of something sinister: a Masonic secret that may be connected to Wolfgang’s death. As she listens to his bewitching last opera, The Magic Flute, she realizes the arias might contain more than just music.

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The Fourth Assassin: The Palestine Quartet 4

When Omar Yussef, a Palestinian schoolteacher, travels to New York for a UN Conference, he’s eager to visit his youngest son Ala, who lives in Bay Ridge, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a large Palestinian community. He finds a headless corpse in his son’s room. When the cops show up Ala refuses to give an alibi and is arrested. Desperate to prove his son’s innocence, Omar Yussef delves deeper, uncovering a deadly international conspiracy

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The Samaritan’s Secret: The Palestine Quartet 3

A member of the tiny but ancient Samaritan community who controlled hundreds of millions of dollars of government money has been murdered. Omar Yussef must find the missing money before all international aid to the Palestinians is cut off.

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A Grave in Gaza: The Palestine Quartet 2

It is a blistering morning in Gaza, as Omar Yussef struggles along the uneven streets to carry out a school inspection. When he learns that a fellow teacher has been jailed for alleged links to the CIA, his suspicions are aroused. The more Omar investigates the arrest, the murkier his search for the truth becomes. With the police, the military and Gaza’s most powerful gangs all out to silence him, Omar must face the terrifying realization that he’s no longer fighting to save his colleague – but himself.

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The Collaborator of Bethlehem: The Palestine Quartet 1

For decades, Omar Yussef has taught history to the children of Bethlehem. When a favorite former pupil, George Saba, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Omar is convinced that he has been framed. With George facing imminent execution Omar sets out to prove his innocence. His classroom is bombed and members of his family are threatened. But with no one else willing to stand up for the truth, it’s up to Omar to act, even as bloodshed and heartbreak surround him.

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The first three Omar Yussef novels are available in a UK omnibus ebook edition:


Cain’s Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East

Beginning with the astonishing story of a Hamas member who is targeted both by Israel for his hand in attacks against Jews and by the Palestinian Authority for the revenge killing of a police officer who murdered his brother, each chapter concentrates on one or two individuals with whom Matt has personal contact. Their stories uncover the chaos at the hearts of these two warring groups.

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