Swiss scientists: Arafat was murdered

Net closes around Palestinian president’s killers It’s 11 months since I published The Murder of Yasser Arafat with co-author Matthew Kalman. We reported that Palestinian leaders in the immediate circle of the president had fed him poison, leading to his death nine years ago next Monday. Swiss scientists reported this week that they had found […]

What’s D4? My alternative news venture

Journalists know that their readership is changing. The primary approach to this change has been, frankly, to panic. And of course to fire people. To offer the same style and content, but with links to Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. I’ve come to the conclusion that these things don’t help. What readers want is a […]

Kalman Transforms Jerusalem Report

The Middle East is replete with craziness. Probably you’re familiar with some of the more extreme regional lunacies — they get a lot of play, to say the least. But if you’ve heard of one of the lesser known sillinesses, it’s probably because of Matthew Kalman.

Into Costume: My book promo Pt. 2

How do you make Jaffa, the ancient Mediterranean port city and present-day gritty suburb of Tel Aviv, look like Vienna in the winter of 1791? Answer: make a book video of a historical novel set in Mozart’s time, and let the lighting do the rest. Last week I headed down to Jaffa for a second […]

San Francisco Chronicle: Rees the New Hammett

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jerusalem correspondent Matthew Kalman profiles me in today’s edition of the paper. It’s a long article with lots of praise for the Omar Yussef Mysteries. It also compares me to one of my heroes, the great San Francisco crime writer Dashiell Hammett:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/04/DDGF6NBRN71.DTL