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The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, published 12 years ago

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The first edition of The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, published in 2005 by Dragon’s Mouth Press in HK.

Photo by Charlie Londs.

The novel about a drug deal gone wrong on the 70s hippy trail between Turkey and India has since been republished by Crime Wave Press and there’s a Spanish translation published by Editorial Xplora.

‘The Devil’s Road To Kathmandu’ is a tense, fast paced and kaleidoscopic pulp thriller, following the lives of two generations of drifters who become embroiled in a saga of sex, drugs and murder on the road between London and the Indian subcontinent. In 1976, four friends, Dan, Fred, Tim and Thierry, drive a bus along the hippy trail from London to Kathmandu. En Route in Pakistan, a drug deal goes badly wrong, yet the boys escape with their lives and the narcotics. Thousands of kilometers, numerous acid trips, accidents, nightclubs and even a pair of beautiful Siamese twins later, as they finally reach the counter-culture capital of the world, Kathmandu, Fred disappears with the drug money. A quarter century later, after receiving mysterious emails inviting them to pick up their share of the money, Dan, Tim and Thierry are back in Kathmandu. The Nepalese capital is not the blissful mountain backwater they remember. Soon a trail of kidnapping and murder leads across the Roof of the World. With the help of Dan’s backpacking son, a tattooed lady and a Buddhist angel, the ageing hippies try to solve a 25-year old mystery that leads them amongst Himalayan peaks for a dramatic showdown with their past.

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is a better backpacker’s book than The Beach. – The Bangkok Post

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is a great read. – The Nepali Times

Vater sets scenes on a razor edge, catastrophe, oblivion and unbridled passion waiting for these volatile characters to lose their balance…. Multiple narratives and parallel plots give this book breadth and depth – quite a mind trip, actually, and a rather addictive read. – Lifestyle + Travel

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Tom Vater – Noir On The Radio

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My radio podcast interview with the great Greg Barth on Noir On The Radio. I talk about my crime novels, Crime Wave Press and the life on the road.

…listen to it here.

I get to talk about my books, SE Asian history, Tony Poe, The Heart of Darkness, The Dead Kennedys, the media, the far right, Asian dictators and Donald Trump.

Tom Vater talks crime fiction on Noir on the Radio on Friday January 14th, 10pm EST

I will be talking about my crime novels and my publishing imprint Crime Wave Press on http://www.blogtalkradio.com on Friday, January 14th at 10pm EST on Noir on the Radio with host Greg Barth.

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The Curious Corpse to be made into a movie

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The Curious Corpse, the fourth installment in Nick Wilgus acclaimed series of Father Ananda crime novels, is beng made into a movie.

De Warenne Pictures, who also produced Mindfulness and Murder, the first title in the series, purchased the rights from Crime Wave Press last year.

Looking forward too seeing one of our titles to hit the big screen.

Happy Xmas from The Devil’s Road

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Can you feel it?

We’re all on it.

Happy Holidays from The Devil’s Road…

Find more beautiful outrageously poignant moments from around the world on my new photo blog project with Laure Siegel.

A photo a day keeps the fuckers at bay.

Wish all my readers, and everyone else, a smooth transition into what promises to be a bumpy 2017.

 

 

 

 

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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