Matt ReesMatt Rees is a Welsh novelist and journalist. He is the author of The Palestine Quartet, a series of crime novels about Omar Yussef, a Palestinian sleuth, and of historical novels and thrillers. He is the winner of a Crime Writers Association Dagger for his crime fiction in the UK and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for fiction in the US. His latest novel is the international thriller ''China Strike'', the second in a series about an agent with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
His first book was a work of nonfiction, ''Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East'' in 2004 (Free Press), about Israeli and Palestinian societies.
''The New York Times'' called ''The Collaborator of Bethlehem'', the first of his Palestinian crime novels about Bethlehem sleuth Omar Yussef, "an astonishing first novel." '''Le Figaro'' called the book "a masterpiece." Rees's writing has been compared with the work of Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Georges Simenon and Henning Mankell. The French magazine L'Express called him "the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine." Rees's books have sold in 25 languages.
Rees was born in Newport, Wales. As a journalist, Rees covered the Middle East and lived in Jerusalem for 20 years. He was ''TIME'''s Jerusalem bureau chief from 2000 until 2006, writing award-winning stories about the Palestinian intifada. He also worked as Middle East correspondent for ''The Scotsman'' and ''Newsweek''. He is married to the American humorist and author Devorah Blachor. Provided by Wikipedia