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 […]

Beckham guest posts on crime blog

I don’t like soccer, but I do have a soft spot for David Beckham. Let me explain. My father-in-law told me the other day he was looking forward to relaxing in front of an American football game. The New York Giants were playing another group of steroidal mutants. Though it was the end of the […]