Long journalistic nonfiction and short fiction for download as ebooks for Kindle.
The Sweetest Things
A short story set in Amman, Jordan, during the Arab Spring. Tom Swallow, a Western journalist, befriends a wealthy sweet-seller named Said. He grows close to Said and his lover, a poor taxi driver named Nizar, as he covers the anti-government riots of the Arab Spring. He observes their growing conflict until its shocking conclusion. The story draws on D4’s many years reporting and, for a while, living in the Jordanian capital, which finds itself at the seething center of the Mideast’s many conflicts. Download the US edition. Get the UK version. Only $0.99 (77p).
Fiction with characters from the award-winning Palestine Quartet of crime novels. Omar Yussef is in Damascus for a university reunion. But the Palestinian sleuth is caught up in the violent government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, and also faces an old nemesis who’s now a senior figure in the state’s secret police. This short story is an immediate response to events of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Syria. Download the US edition. Get the UK edition. Only 99 cents!
The Dark Refuge: Israel’s Scandalous Neglect of its Mentally Ill Holocaust Survivors
D4 investigates the neglect of mentally ill Holocaust survivors that resulted from corruption, politics, and shame. D4 tells the story of how three young psychiatrists changed the way an entire nation viewed these forgotten victims of the Nazis. Download in the US. Get the UK edition.
Kissing the Dead: The Revenge of a Betrayed Hamas Leader
D4 spent months in Gaza tracking the story of Imad Akel, a Hamas military chief. Akel’s brother was killed by Palestinian police. Imad’s vengeance prefigured the civil war that later split his people and still divides them. This is his dramatic story. Download in the US. Get the UK edition.
Matatya’s Cafe: The Israeli Musicians Who Brought East and West Together
The story of two young Israeli musicians who fought to bring the musical style of their family roots in the Arab world into the Israeli mainstream. Based on years of deep research into Israeli culture, D4 examines the way “Mizrahi” Jewish identity has changed and the role it will play in Israel’s future. Download in the US. Get the UK edition.
Heroic Scum: How the PLO’s Old Campaigners Were Betrayed by Peace
Old PLO fighters thought the peace agreements with Israel had put an end to their participation in the dirty games of espionage and terrorism. The violence and corruption of the regime in the West Bank and Gaza left them bitter and disillusion…and ready to spill their secrets to D4. Download in the US. Get the UK edition.
The Painter and the Prophet: Two Men Who Paid a Price for Loving the Land
D4 grew close to Avraham Pesso and Dubak Weinstock. One was a painter, a man of left-wing views who vowed to make a stand against Israel’s West Bank settlements and political violence. The other was a ranger, a pioneer among the settlers, who wandered the desert after his son’s terrorist murder until he found a way to reach across the political divide and touch men like Pesso. Download in the US. Get the UK edition.