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Alexander McNabb

About Alexander

I have been working in, living in and travelling around the Middle East for some 32-odd years. When I'm not writing books, I work as a consultant in publishing, media and digital communications.

My first attempt at writing a book was in 2002, when I sat down to write high-tech comedy thriller Space. The book was not seen as a commercial proposition by literary agents and publishers, many of whom took the trouble to point out that humour doesn’t sell.

I rolled up my sleeves to write a serious book and by accident wrote a critically acclaimed novel, Olives – A Violent Romance, a serious work that explores the attitudes, perceptions and conflicts of the Middle East, exposing a European sensibility to the strange and multi-layered world of life on the borders of Palestine.

This was followed by testosterone-soaked international spy thriller Beirut – An Explosive Thriller, which launched in December 2012 and - slightly more considered but still pacey for all that - Shemlan – A Deadly Tragedy, published in 2013.

Although the three ‘Levant Cycle’ books are by no means a trilogy, they follow a roughly contiguous timeline and share many of the same characters.

Advised by someone in publishing who knows what they're talking about to 'get out of the Middle East', I then wrote thriller A Decent Bomber, set in Northern Ireland.

A bestselling author pal asked me where my next book was to be set. 'Northern Ireland' I replied. He plunged his head into his hands and moaned, 'Dear boy, next to the Middle East, that's the worst place in the world to set a book if you want to sell it to agents and publishers. Set one in Tuscany. They holiday there and feel they understand it.'

Which, in its way, is both funny and profoundly depressing. 

A Decent Bomber was followed by psychological thriller Birdkill. It's set in the UK, which was by no means intentional. So much so that I went to some lengths in the book to disguise its actual location.

My latest book is The Dead Sea Hotel.


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