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- Publisher: DeltaFourth Books (November 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AYAL8UC
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The Murder of Yasser Arafat (DeltaFourth Operations Book 1) Kindle Edition
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My first book was non-fiction about the Middle East, where I live. When 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.
THE NOVELS: My latest one is MOZART'S LAST ARIA, a historical thriller set in Vienna in 1791. The main character is Wolfgang Mozart's sister Nannerl, who investigates the great composer's death. It's based on my own love for Mozart's music, my fascination with his often-forgotten, talented sister, and my reading of recent historical research which shows that Wolfgang may well have died suspiciously. It's out in the UK in May and in the US in November. I learned piano so I could write about the Maestro's music. For my next book, which is based on the life of Italian artist Caravaggio, I'm learning to paint with oils and duel with a seventeenth-century rapier.
The first novel in The Palestine Quartet, The Collaborator of Bethlehem (UK title The Bethlehem Murders), was published in February 2007 by Soho Press. In the UK it won the prestigious Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger in 2008, and was nominated in the US for the Barry First Novel Award, the Macavity First Mystery Award, and the Quill Best Mystery Award. In France it's been shortlisted for the Prix des Lecteurs. New York Times reviewer Marilyn Stasio called it "an astonishing first novel." It was named one of the Top 10 Mysteries of the Year by Booklist and, in the UK Sir David Hare made it his Book of the Year in The Guardian.
Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse novels, called Omar Yussef "a splendid creation." Omar was called "Philip Marlowe fed on hummus" by one reviewer and "Yasser Arafat meets Miss Marple" by another.
The second book in the series, A Grave in Gaza, appeared in February 2008 (and at the same time under the title The Saladin Murders in the UK). The Bookseller calls it "a cracking, atmospheric read." I put in elements of the plot relating to British military cemeteries in Gaza in homage to my two great uncles, who rode through there with the Imperial Camel Corps in 1917. One of them, Uncle Dai Beynon, was still around when I was a boy, and I was named after him.
The third book in the series, The Samaritan's Secret, was published in February 2009. The New York Times said it was "provocative" and it had great reviews in places I'd not have expected - The Sowetan, the newspaper of that S. African township, for example.
THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, the fourth novel in The Palestine Quartet, was published in February 2010. In it, Omar visits the famous Palestinian town of Brooklyn, New York (there really is a growing community there in Bay Ridge), and finds a dead body in his son's bed...
AROUND THE WORLD: My books have to leading publishers in 24 countries: the U.S., France, Italy, Britain, Poland, Spain, Germany, Holland, Israel, Portugal, Brazil, Norway, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden, Iceland, Chile, Venezuela, Japan, Indonesia, Greece, Turkey, and South Korea.
Top Customer Reviews
His health had been deteriorating for awhile and he went to Paris in an attempt to improve. He was buried, without an autopsy, immediately following his death and all the medication bottles from his home were destroyed before anyone could check them.
In 2012, evidence of high levels of radioactive polonium-210 was found on some of his belongings. His body was exhumed, bone samples were extracted, and four medical teams examined and reported the results: Yasser Arafat was poisoned by polonium-210.
The question of who administered it and how is the plot of this short book. In order to determine it, though DeltaFourth investigates who had a motive and who had an opportunity. There are many people with motives: Corruption was rampant in the Palestinian Authority; in fact, it was a way of life. Arafat ordered the deaths of many people he considered to be in positions to be his rivals. Who had an opportunity was a much smaller list because he was isolated in his compound by the Israelis for a couple of years before his death so access to him was somewhat limited. But DeltaFourth does name names and provide reasons.
Matthew Kalman and Matt Rees are award winning journalists and novelists who have worked in for newspapers and magazines in many countries, usually covering stories from the Middle East, especially Israel and the Palestinian territories. Together, they form DeltaFourth and, as such, interviewed insiders and observers in Ramallah, Gaza, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem to research this book.
With Arafat, corruption was an art form and an end to itself and, as with all totalitarian and self-serving regimes, it was turned upon him who fostered this way of life. Those who suffered most from it were the people.
Too bad that there were so few who called a shovel a bloody spade.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The real tragedy of Palestine, and the reason Palestinian Arabs lost their War of independence back in 1948 is that their most able leaders were dead, assassinated by their fellow... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Iphigenia d'Agamemnon
You've probably heard most of this before. An interesting read with no proof and a lot of speculation. More hype than factsPublished on May 5, 2013 by Kalba
This book has explanations for lots of what has gone on and is going on in the middle east.
It seems to have been written by more than one author which interrupts the flow on... Read more
This may or may not be an accurate, inside account of the end of Yasser Arafat, but I simply don't know enough about the author to be sure. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Leslie
Well researched and written. Good insider stuff. I enjoy Matt's books about what goes on inside the Palestinian areas. Bravo.Published on February 18, 2013 by Ernest Moore
Inteesting in a sense that it touches on some of the bckground of Arafat. As a student of this area and conflict it is a useful e-book.Published on February 18, 2013 by War Dog
. . . by Matt, once again for details on the trouble spot in the Middle East. I look for what he writes about for education and entertainment.Published on February 3, 2013 by R. Martin
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