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“I was left astounded by The Cambodian Book of the Dead. It defied and often surpassed my expectations of the genre…”
I am currently in the last stages of editing the second Detective Maier Mystery, The Man with the Golden Mind, due out with Exhibit A Books in April 2014.
A great new review of my first novel The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, published in The Advisor, a Cambodian weekly!
“There is no question as to how Tom Vater came up with the title to his novel The Devil’s Road To Kathmandu: the sheer mix of danger, drugs and salacious exploits transports the reader straight to the gritty underbelly of the Hippie Trail to follow four friends on the road to chaos. Venturing through space and time, this story pursues a mystery from a drug deal gone horribly wrong in 1976 to the consequences that surface more than 20 years later as the men retrace their steps to Kathmandu.”
The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is available from Crime Wave Press as ebook and print edition.
A Spanish edition Kathmandu, Camino al Infierno is out with Xplora Editorial.
Watch the book trailer here.
I have been away from the Internet for some time, thankfully and several reviews have piled up in my absence including this analytical missive on The Cambodian Book of the Dead by crime writer Andrew Nette on his excellent site Pulp Curry.
“The Cambodian Book of the Dead is a hardboiled crime story wrapped in a surreal meditation on genocide, globalisation and the expatriate condition, by a writer who has acute observations to make on all three subjects.”
Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.
Jennifer Jerome interviews me about Thailand’s sacred tattoos for The Chiang Mai City News this week.
Read her story Ink of the Gods: The Myth and Magic of Sak Yant here.
Sacred Skin is available in good bookshops and at Amazon.
The Cambodian Book of the Dead (Crime Wave Press Asia edition), photographed by Eric Nelson.