I am a British author, journalist and literary critic, based in Budapest. I write for The Economist, The Times, Monocle and numerous other publications and I review thrillers for the Financial Times. I started work as a foreign correspondent in 1991, covering the collapse of Comunism and the Yugoslav wars. I have worked in more than 30 countries and enjoyed some hair-raising adventures along the way.
I have written seven non-fiction books, including the best-selling Hitler's Secret Bankers which exposed Swiss economic complicity with the Third Reich and which was short-listed for the Orwell Prize; a biography of Slobodan Milosevic, now regarded as the standard work on his life and City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa, which tells the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of Arab and Jewish families and which was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize. My book on the United Nations' failure to confront genocide: Complicity with Evil: the United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide was ranked as 'Outstanding' by the American Association of University Presses. My most recent non-fiction work is The Believers: How America fell for Bernard Madoff's $65 billion investment scam, which was a Book of the Year in the Sunday Telegraph.
My first novel, The Budapest Protocol has just been republished by Beautiful Books. It's a conspiracy thriller set during the election campaign for the first president of Europe. The Budapest Protocol is fiction but was inspired by fact - a 1944 US intelligence document known as the Red House Report that revealed the secret Nazi plans for the Fourth Reich. Read more in The Mail on Sunday and The Times. The Budapest Protocol is getting some great reviews and has been published in Hungarian, Dutch, Polish and Portuguese. Translation rights have also been sold in Serbia and Slovakia.
The Reykjavik Assignment, the third volume of my thriller trilogy featuring Yael Azoulay, the covert negotiator for the United Nations, is published in November 2016 by HarperCollins in the US and by Head of Zeus in the UK. The Washington Stratagem, the second volume in the series, is published by HarperCollins in the US and by Head of Zeus in the UK. The Geneva Option, the first volume, is published by HarperCollins in the US and by TelegramThe Istanbul Exchange a free e-book short story, introducing Yael.