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Writers usually decide to be writers before they know what they might write about. In the case of Matt Rees, it was a journey from teenage isolation in Britain to the violence of the Middle East which led him to the elements of his fiction which could be true -- not just in the sense that they're based on reality, but in the sense that they show something true about the souls of the people he had come to know and most of all about himself. Here he talks about how Dashiell Hammett, journalism and teenage alienation were staging points on that journey.

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As an award-winning crime writer, Matt Rees has studied the greats of the genre and lectured about how they do what they do. Here he takes his three favorite openings to crime novels -- including "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett, "The Little Sister" by Raymond Chandler, and "The Saint-Fiacre Affair" by Georges Simenon -- and examines what makes them great. Either as a writer or a reader, you'll be intrigued by his analysis.

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It’s hard to tell them apart, Wolfgang Mozart and the great composer’s sister Nannerl. Both had prominent noses, mischievous eyes, and a certain naiveté to their gaze. But there was a difference. Nannerl was a girl, and that decided which of these fabulous musical talents would be remembered. Until now. Award-winning novelist Matt Rees talks about how he -- in his novel MOZART'S LAST ARIA -- and other artists are reviving the often-scorned sister of the great composer.

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