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The Man with the Golden Mind live debut

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It doesn’t have a cover yet though the publication date has been confirmed by Exhibit A. My second Detective Maier Mystery is out in April – The Man with the Golden Mind is a tale of espionage, double-crossings and murder set against the historical backdrop of the US secret war in Laos – the largest CIA operation to date which resulted in the deaths of several hundred thousand Laotians between 1965 and 1973.

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976. But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms.

Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets. But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

I had the opportunity to read a chapter from The Man with the Golden Mind at the recent Bangkok Night of Noir event.

Check out a video of the reading here.

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