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A Nose for Trouble – a new Asia set thriller out with Crime Wave Press

Hans Kemp, my partner in crime at Crime Wave Press, Asia’s crime fiction imprint, has written his first novel, A Nose for Trouble, out this week. After responding to a richly scented plea for help Chicago PI Scanner Grant teams up with the charismatic Max Zwoelstra to travel to Hong Kong in search of Max’s […]

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Riding the Crime Wave – CWP in ASIA LIFE Magazine

Everyone has a good book in them so they say, Asia’s first English-language crime publishing house looks set to put that adage to the test. Mark Bibby Jackson interviews me about all things Crime Wave Press in this month’s ASIA LIFE Magazine, both in the Thailand and Cambodia edition. I get to talk about crime […]

Book Review: Chris Taylor´s Harvest Seaon in The Wall Street Journal

My review of Chris Taylor´s excellent novel Harvest Season is running in The Wall Street Journal this week. A thoughtful meditation on backpacker mayhem in Southern China, quite unlike Alex Garland´s The Beach. Read the full review here.

Lonely Planet no longer relevant? Find out at The Space, Bangkok, May 24th.

The end of the backpacker generation? Lonely Planet finally orbited into irrelevance? China overrun by western hippies? And is Chris Taylor´s new novel Harvest Season a worthy follow-up to Alex Garland´s The Beach? Find out on Tuesday, May 24th, when I will be grilling author Chris Taylor on his recently published novel, at The Space […]

Tom Vater on Metal Postcard – HK´s Alternative Record Label – in the Southeast Asia Globe

Tom Vater talks pop music in Asia with Sean Hocking, owner of Metal Postcard, Hong Kong´s most prolific alternative record label. In 2010, Metal Postcard released the debut single of Phnom Penh`s The Cambodian Space Project. This year, Hocking will unleash a 7″ vinyl single of Pussy & The Learjets, Bangkok’s loudest RocknRoll band, on […]

Who owns the 21st Century?

Every day, we appear to be moving a little closer to a state of affairs where governments could become obsolete. Large parts of the world have always been ruled by people who don’t really qualify as governments, but in recent years, perfectly respectable rulers have also shown signs (not for the first time) that they […]

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