Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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

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My catalogue of field recordings from Asia at The British Library.

Between 1995 and 2004 I recorded several hundred hours of music and sounds from Asia for The British Library’s National Sound Archive – material from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Nepal. I recorded mostly the music of minorities and musicians in remote rural locations. I released several CD collections of […]

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 […]

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

Forget Boston and Thatcher. This week’s human flashpoint is Tubbataha

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. I watched hundreds of sharks pooling around coral ledges at thirty-five meters, so many they kept bumping into me. I watched giant tuna glitter in the dark thirty meters below me, leading tens of thousands of giant barracuda through the depths. I saw guitar sharks the size of […]

Dead Sea, the new thriller from Crime Wave Press free on amazon!!!

Hold your breath! Mark down the dates! Crime Wave Press will offer the high seas thriller Dead Sea by Sam Lopez for FREE as an e-book download from amazon on December 22,23 and 24! Check out this new fantastic review of the book on amazon by Sandeman: It’s been said that the start and end-points […]

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 […]

Andrew Nette on the state of crime fiction in Asia and Crime Wave Press

Australian crime writer Andrew Nette, author of Ghost Money, which is set in Cambodia, is interviewed by Noir Nation on his career, the writer’s life, the future of ebooks and crime fiction in Asia. Nette gives my new fiction imprint Crime Wave Press a mention too and is currently reading Dead Sea by Sam Lopez, […]

New Crime Wave Press title: Dead Sea by Sam Lopez

The third title by Crime Wave Press, Asia’s only crime fiction imprint (correct me if I’m wrong), is out now. Dead Sea by Sam Lopez is available from amazon. Down and out Luke and high-class Tara, linked intimately by a violent incident in London’s seedy King’s Cross, run away to the Philippines to escape their […]

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