Podcast: A Grave in Gaza

I talk about the real events in Gaza that are the basis for my second Palestinian crime novel A GRAVE IN GAZA (UK title: THE SALADIN MURDERS.) Over a decade reporting on Gaza, I accumulated stories that few other reporters noticed. In this novel, Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef faces the corruption of senior Palestinian security […]

Top 7 crime series around the world

The Christian Science Monitor names my Omar Yussef novels among its Top 7 Detective Series Set in Foreign Locales. My Palestinian sleuth takes his place alongside detectives by Alexander McCall Smith, Andrea Camilleri, Jason Goodwin, and Zoe Ferraris among others. I also have a terrific review from The Fringe Magazine for my new novel MOZART’S […]

Grief, violence and a Palestinian sleuth

I haven’t written anything about what we might call the flotilla fiasco. And I’m not going to do so. Here’s why: The Jerusalem Post reviews THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, the latest of my Palestinian crime novels, this week. Ilana Teitelbaum writes: “As in the previous novels, a seemingly isolated instance of murder is revealed to be […]

How to create empathy as a writer

Malcolm Muggeridge (an old English literateur) once said that George Orwell “was no good as a novelist, because he didn’t have the interest in character.” Well, I didn’t need to tell you who George Orwell was, so you may doubt the judgment of the largely forgotten Muggeridge. But I think he was very close to […]