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Sacred Skin on Tattoo Maniacs – German TV

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Thailand’s sacred tattoos and my book (with Aroon Thaewchatturat) Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos will be featured on Tattoo Maniacs on German TV tomorrow night.

Looks like a classy show. Hm.

„Tattoomaniacs – Körperkult und Arschgeweih“ – am Mittwoch, 30. November 2016, um 23:15 Uhr bei RTL II

The Man with the Golden Mind reviewed at Creative Writer’s Boost

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“The Man with the Golden Mind brings postwar Viet Nam back on the grid. As you walk along with Cultural Attache Rendel and his mysterious spy cohort, code named Weldmeister, you can almost smell the damp smell from the muddy river.”

The Man with the Golden Mind, the second Detective Maier mystery, has been reviewed by Creative Writer’s Boost.

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms. Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

The Man with the Golden Mind reviewed at The Dorset Book Detective

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“Quintessentially this exhilarating read incorporates everything from lies and deception through to sex, betrayal and death, offering the reader an exercise in edge of your seat action combined with strong storytelling and believable characterisation.”

The Man with the Golden Mind, the second Detective Maier novel, gets a glowing review at The Dorset Book Detective.

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms. Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

A Bitter Pill – America is Great Again

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America, you done it! Good luck with it. And please kill each other, rather than us lot out here on the vague fringes.

Sacred Skin in The Diplomat

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Jonathan DeHart reports on Thailand’s Sak Yant for The Diplomat today. Ajarn Neng Onnut, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself are interviewed at length.

Sacred Ink: Thailand’s Magic Tattoos – Thailand’s ancient tradition of mystical tattooing, known as sak yant, is thriving in the kingdom today….

Read the full story.

Or buy the bestselling book on Sak Yant by Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself – Sacred Skin, Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos.

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Saigon Dark, published by Crime Wave Press

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Very pleased to be publishing SAIGON DARK by Elka Ray this month. The first novel by a female author published by Crime Wave Press (we are keen but more than 90% of the submissions we get are by men) had me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Good and bad. Life and death. Some choices aren’t black and white
A grief-stricken young mother switches her dead child for a Vietnamese street kid, then spends the next decade living a lie. She’s remarries and starts to feel safe when she gets a note: ‘I know what you did’. Can she save her daughter from her dark secret?

Paul Brazill interviews The Man with the Golden Mind

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Crime writer Paul Brazill interviews me about my current crime fiction projects including the republication of my 1960s CIA thriller The Man with the Golden Mind, featuring former war correspondent turned Detective Maier. The second Maier mystery is currently published by Crime Wave Press in ebook format.

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms. Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

Read the interview here.

Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos in Abenteuer & Reisen, Germany

Germany’s Abenteuer und Reisen Magazine ran an eight page story on Sak Yant and my book Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos – last month. Turned out pretty good.

Text by myself. Photographs by Aroon Thaewchatturat.

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Four New Titles from Crime Wave Press in November

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Crime Wave Press, my publishing venture with Hans Kemp, and Asia’s only English language crime fiction imprint, has been producing quality crime fiction for four years now.

We have 28 titles under our belt, one of our books, The Curious Corpse by Nick Wilgus, has just been optioned for a movie by De Warenne Pictures and we have four brand new titles out in November, including a re-release of my second Detective Maier novel, The Man with the Golden Mind, originally published by Exhibit A Books who went from riches to rags faster than the blink of the jaundiced eye of its managing director.

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Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in Borneo – in RISE TATTOO Magazine

Pangrok SulapThe Ranau Art Collective in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu.

Text by Laure Siegel, photos by me, for Rise Tattoo Magazine, part of the French publication’s coverage of tattoo culture in Borneo.

 

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