Tom Vater

Tom Vater

Irreverent, informed and downright eclectic crime fiction and reportage from Southeast Asia and beyond

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Tom Vater is a best-selling writer and publisher working predominantly in Asia.

He is the correspondent for Reise Know How in Thailand, The Daily Telegraph‘s travel destination expert for Thailand and a regular contributor to The Nikkei Asian Review. Tom has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian,  Marie Claire, Geographical, Penthouse and many other publications.

He is also the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based English language crime fiction imprint.

Tom has published four novels. The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, currently available in English and Spanish. The Cambodian Book of the Dead, released by Crime Wave Press in Asia and world wide in July 2013 by Exhibit A,  The Man with the Golden Mind, also published with Exhibit A in March 2014 and subsequently republished by Crime Wave Press, and The Monsoon Ghost Image, published by Crime Wave Press in 2018, form his Detective Maier trilogy

Tom has published more than twenty non-fiction books, including the highly acclaimed Sacred Skin with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and the more recent Burmese Light with photographer Hans Kemp. In 2014, he published Cambodia: Journey through the Land of the Khmer with long time Lonely Planet photographer Kraig Lieb which became Cambodia’s bestselling illustrated book in 2018. An updated second edition is out now.

Tom is the co-author of several documentary screenplays, most notably The Most Secret Place on Earth, a feature on the CIA’s covert war in 1960s Laos.

Tom also works as a consultant for investors, NGOs and other organizations who are looking for expertise on the political, cultural and social landscape, political economies, policy issues and challenges, social issues, political dynamics and Tom’s unique perspectives based on his on-the-ground experience of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. Clients include UNDP, Global Frontiers Inc., Fauna and Flora International (FFI), the EU, US AID, The NGO Forum on Cambodia, The Australian Government and the East West Management Institute.

In his spare time, Tom travels and plays RocknRoll music.

Tom is represented by the London based literary agency Marjacq.