Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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Tom Vater is a best-selling writer and publisher working predominantly in Asia. He is the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based English language crime fiction imprint.

He has published three novels, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, currently available in English and Spanish, and The Cambodian Book of the Dead, released by Crime Wave Press in Asia and  world wide in July 2013 by Exhibit A and The Man with the Golden Mind, also published with Exhibit A in March 2014. Tom is currently writing the third Detective Maier Mystery, The Monsoon Ghost Image.

Tom has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, The Nikkei Asian Review, Marie Claire, Geographical, Penthouse and other publications.

He is The Daily Telegraph‘s travel destination expert for Thailand.

He 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.

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.

He is represented by the London based literary agency Marjacq.

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 punk rock.