Fiction is closer to the ‘truth’ than journalism

Writing the truth by turning to fiction, instead of journalism Journalism is fiction. Don’t believe me? Open a newsmagazine and you’ll be expected to believe that a given Hollywood star is actually a nice man, that you can drive everywhere and not get fat provided you lay off fruit, and that the latest development in […]

French TV: ‘Bethlehem’ most passionate crime novel

The most passionate crime novel of recent years On French television, Olivier Barrot describes the first of my Palestinian crime novels (The Collaborator of Bethlehem, or as Olivier reads from Le Collaborateur de Bethleem): “I must say that I don’t remember in recent years a crime novel so passionate.” Merci, Olivier! Related articles across the […]

Free Omar Yussef short story set in Syria

A short story set amid the turmoil in Syria. Based on characters from my Palestinian crime novels. I penned it two years ago, but I’m posting this ficiton free today because so many real people continue to be killed. Read it here on my blog. Or on Kindle in the US or the UK. Read […]

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 […]

Podcast: The Collaborator of Bethlehem

My award-winning first novel was THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM (UK title: THE BETHLEHEM MURDERS). Set against the backdrop of the Palestinian intifada, it tells the story of schoolteacher Omar Yussef, who is forced to take on the violence of his hometown to save a former pupil. In this podcast, I lay out how I came […]