This is the fourth Omar Yussef mystery from CWA John Creasey Dagger winner Matt Rees. When Omar Yussef travels to New York for a UN conference, he is eager to see his youngest son, Ala. But the discovery of a decapitated corpse in his son's empty apartment catapults him into a police enquiry full of contradictions. In his desperation to clear Ala's name, Omar's investigations place him at the heart of a deadly international conspiracy.
I'm an award-winning British crime novelist. Major authors have compared my writing with the work of Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Georges Simenon and Henning Mankell. French magazine L'Express calls me "the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine." Read more about my books, listen to podcast and see extra features at mattrees.net.
My first book was non-fiction about the Middle East, where I live. Once that was done, I was looking for my next project and came up with the idea for Omar Yussef, my Palestinian sleuth, while chatting with my wife in our favorite hotel in Rome. I realized I had become friends with many colorful Palestinians who'd given me insights into the dark side of their society. Like the former Mister Palestine (he dead-lifts 900 pounds), a one-time bodyguard to Yasser Arafat (skilled in torture), and a delightful fellow who was a hitman for Arafat during the 1980s. To tell the true-life stories I'd amassed over a decade, I decided to channel the reporting into a crime series. After all, Palestine's reality is no romance novel.
I've since written four Omar Yussef novels, which have won awards from the Crime Writers Association, and in the U.S. and France. My latest two books are historical crime fiction: Mozart's Last Aria, about the death of the great composer, and A Name in Blood, which is based on the mysterious end of Caravaggio.
I'm currently working on a thriller set in Italy...