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Newport, Wales
About Me:
I'm an award-winning crime novelist who lives in Jerusalem. Major authors have compared my writing with the work of Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Georges Simenon and Henning Mankell. The French magazine L’Express called me “the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine.” The first of my Palestinian crime novels won the Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger.
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Chandler, Greene, Hammett, Simenon, Unsworth.

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Do you feel lucky? -- Crime writer has a blast, uncovers bloodlust

I’ve tried to do everything the characters in my books do. I’ve roamed the alleys of Bethlehem’s refugee camps. I’ve had clandestine meetings with gunrunners in Gaza. I’ve risked diabetes to eat syrupy Palestinian desserts and made them key to the plot of “The Samaritan’s Secret.” I learned piano for “Mozart’s Last Aria.” I picked up oil painting and dueled with a rapier for the forthcoming “Caravaggio’s Madonna.”

The manuscript I’m about to start will include a little gunplay. So it was… Continue

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 12:18am

Sexy classical music and crime novels

When Peter Cook admitted to Dudley Moore that he was “turned on by dead Popes,” it was a satire on those among us who’re so bored by their lives as to be infinitely suggestible. Thus a dead pope lying on a catafalque in white robes looks “at peace, at rest, and ****ing fanciable.”

The joke, of course, is that no one could imagine the Pope as a sexual object, whether alive…


Posted on June 3, 2011 at 9:09pm

New Crime Fiction Podcast: Arab Spring Short Story in Syria

I'm launching my new Podcast called The Man of Twists and Turns today. It'll include interviews with writers and discussions of my own creative process for my books about Palestinian detective Omar Yussef, Mozart and Caravaggio. It’s a podcast about writing for writers and for readers who love good writing. In this first podcast I read my new Omar Yussef short story set in… Continue

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Long gestation and the crime novel

Crime novelists generally write a novel a year. It’s what publishers want. Some big writers—and I mean, 25 million books sold—have told me their publishers and agents complain that if they don’t produce a book a year their readers will forget them.

In the case of such writers, some of those 25 million may have degenerative diseases and others may be plain stupid, but in all…


Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:56pm — 2 Comments

Inspiration–and laughter–for the ladies: Ghada Abdel Aal’s Writing Life

When she was in her early twenties, Egyptian writer Ghada Abdel Aal began the complicated process of seeking a spouse. It involved meetings in parental living rooms over awkward glasses of tea. On one such occasion her potential groom spent his time screaming at a soccer game on tv. Another turned out to have a couple of wives already, and a would-be husband who was also a…


Posted on May 18, 2011 at 5:43pm

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At 11:33pm on October 25, 2010, Anne Claybrook said…
Your books sound very exciting and intriguing. Great website.
At 3:08pm on October 6, 2010, David Whish-Wilson said…
Hi Matt, I'm an aussie crime writer ( ) and will be staying in Jerusalem for about a week in late November (plan to have read your books by then!) Two important questions: 1) can you recommend a good bookshop there? 2) can you recommend a good place to have a beer? Cheers, Dave
At 9:54pm on March 2, 2010, Richard Godwin said…
Thanks a lot for accepting Matt. Best,
At 1:52pm on January 7, 2010, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Sorry to take so long to respond. It's been a tough year. Too many computer hours at work made me weary of staring into the lighted (I was taught "lit" in 2nd grade) screen. Have a very Happy Moo Year!
At 12:48am on June 21, 2009, Judith Levy said…
Matt, what a charming description of Raanana! I agree that Jane Marple might find it a congenial place -- although with the exception of the occasional gangster hit, it might be a little too placid for her tastes.

My mystery is set in New York City. (I've been in Israel eight years, but I'm still a New Yorker under the skin.) I'm hoping to have it finished by mid- to late summer.
At 4:41am on March 6, 2009, David L. Hoof said…
At 12:18am on March 6, 2009, Alison Bruce said…
Hi Matt,
thanks for the add, it's usually us girls with the best profile pics but yours gets a big thumbs up! See you around, Alison
At 6:01am on March 4, 2009, Christopher Valen said…
Thank you for the friend invitation. I look forward to communicating with you.
At 5:27am on March 4, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
Thanks for the invitation. Glad to meet you. Joyce
At 2:45am on March 1, 2009, Mitzi Szereto said…
many thanks for the add, it's good to meet you!

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