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Laure Siegel’s Hong Kong dossier at ARTE TV

Just spent a mad week in Hong Kong, following ARTE correspondent Laure Siegel conducting interviews  with ten residents on the imminent 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from the colonial Britishers to the Chinese, for ARTE TV. Check out the Hong Kong Dossier here. My portraits are in the vignettes of Témoignages : les voix […]

Crime Wave Press – The Movie

Here’s a little story from us at Crime Wave Press. It’s about the struggle, as indie publishers, to birth great crime fiction into a market controlled by a few sluggish and conservative giants. It’s a fight we can’t win on our own. Having fantastic authors producing thrilling and captivating stories polished and edited close to […]

Democracy in Southeast Asia – A Story Untold

I was recently commissioned by a Thai English language magazine to write a short satirical piece abut Democracy in SE Asia.  After much back and forth, the publication decided not to go ahead with the article, apparently due to the current political climate in Thailand. In the West – by which I generally mean the […]

Crime Wave Press in The South China Morning Post

Ysabelle Cheung reports on my publishing imprint Crime Wave Press this week. My friend and partner in crime Hans Kemp provides the clues to the scene of the crime. Read the full article here.. It’s always too late for someone.” That’s the enigmatic tagline of Hong Kong-based Crime Wave Press, a two-and-a-half-year-old publishing company with […]

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 […]

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

Just-in-Time Printing of Stories from Our Dark Side

As my publishing imprint Crime Wave Press has been invited to this year’s Georgetown Literary Festival in Malaysia, literary reviewer Umapagan Ampikaipakan interviews me for The Business Station. The publisher of a Hong Kong based fiction imprint (the company endeavors to publish the best new crime novels, novellas, and short story collections to readers around […]

New Crime Wave Press Title: Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio: Paperback out now!

New Crime Wave Press Title: Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio Out Now!!!

After having one of our titles, Mindfulness and Murder in the Top 100 Crime novels on Amazon this week, Crime Wave Press introduces it’s latest thriller: Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio. Gaijin Cowgirl is a high octane adventure introducing Val Benson, flaky Tokyo hostess and utterly unreliable protagonist who stumbles across a map to one […]

Crime Wave Press – Interview by Paul D. Brazill

I’ve been interviewed by British crime writer Paul D. Brazill about the crime fiction imprint I launched with publisher Hans Kemp last year, Crime Wave Press. Crime Wave Press is a Hong Kong based fiction imprint that endeavors to publish the best new crime novels from Asia and about Asia to readers around the globe. […]

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