Rees is an award-winning crime novelist who lives in Jerusalem. The
French magazine L’Express called him “the Dashiell Hammett of Palestine.”
As a journalist, Rees covered the Middle East for over a decade. Yasser
Arafat once tried to have him arrested, but Matt eluded him to write
his novels. He was born in Newport, Wales, and studied at Oxford University
and the University of Maryland. He published a nonfiction account
of Israeli and Palestinian society called Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide,
and Fear in the Middle East in 2004 (Free Press). He won the prestigious
Crime Writers Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2008. He
has written six crime novels which have been sold to leading publishers
in 24 countries. His latest novels are fictionalized unravelings of
real historical mysteries, Mozart's Last Aria and A Name in Blood,
which is about the death of Caravaggio. His website is mattrees.net.
Orwell Brigade will coming out in November 2012.