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The Man With The Golden Mind reviewed at Literary Fits

The Man with the Golden Mind gets a great review at Literary Fits. “I am again impressed with a Crime Wave Press offering, this one being a Cold War aftermath spy thriller set in a country about which I knew very little: Laos. Tom Vater sets up an intricate and complicated plot which I found […]

The Man with the Golden Mind reviewed at Creative Writer’s Boost

                          “The Man with the Golden Mind brings postwar Viet Nam back on the grid. As you walk along with Cultural Attache Rendel and his mysterious spy cohort, code named Weldmeister, you can almost smell the damp smell from the muddy river.” The […]

The Man with the Golden Mind reviewed at The Dorset Book Detective

                          “Quintessentially this exhilarating read incorporates everything from lies and deception through to sex, betrayal and death, offering the reader an exercise in edge of your seat action combined with strong storytelling and believable characterisation.” The Man with the Golden Mind, the second […]

Paul Brazill interviews The Man with the Golden Mind

Crime writer Paul Brazill interviews me about my current crime fiction projects including the republication of my 1960s CIA thriller The Man with the Golden Mind, featuring former war correspondent turned Detective Maier. The second Maier mystery is currently published by Crime Wave Press in ebook format. Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five […]

The Man with the Golden Mind – republished via Crime Wave Press

Originally published by Exhibit A, my second Detective Maier novel, The Man with the Golden Mind, is now available again via Crime Wave Press. 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 […]

Vint Lawrence – CIA handler of General Vang Pao dies

I somehow missed the recent passing of Vint Lawrence, CIA handler of notorious Hmong General Vang Pao in Long Cheng, Laos, in the early 60s, who threw his secret agent career away to become a political cartoonist in Washington. Read an obituary and summary of Vint’s remarkable life here. Vint Lawrence is interviewed in the […]

Fred Branfman – Obituary – The Daily Telegraph

“The Plain of Jars, what it’s a symbol of, is how those people on the vague frontiers, those people in the Third World, those people we never see, we never know about, we never hear, can be vaporised, wiped off the face of the earth without people back here even knowing about it.” My obituary […]

The Man with the Golden Mind in The Chiang Mai City News

The Man with the Golden Mind, the second Detective Maier Mystery, published by Exhibit A Books, gets reviewed by Kevin Cummings in The Chiang Mai City News. Vater​ has fine-tuned his craft. The writing is tighter than The Cambodian Book of the Dead (Exhibit A 2013) although still on the darker and more violent side of crime […]

The Man with the Golden Mind – Podcast hits 17.000 listens

The Podcast I did back in June on my new novel The Man with the Golden Mind, the second Detective Maier Mystery has had more than 17.000 listens. Thanks very much to Stuart Beaton at The Small Picture Podcasts for the great interview. Listen to the full podcast here.

The Man with the Golden Mind reviewed at Crime Review UK

…there is little relief from a barrage of very dark deeds and sudden grisly deaths. To mine any humour from this book you will need a very black view of the world. Chris Roberts reviews The Man with the Golden Mind at Crime Review UK. As previously mentioned, my publisher Exhibit A decided to call […]

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