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Politics and crime fiction

A short essay on politics and crime fiction, published at b for bookreview. A while ago, I had a conversation with an American book reviewer about politics in crime fiction. He felt that overt political messages do not belong in the genre. I felt that covert or subconscious political leanings are part and parcel of […]

On Hunting Humans….

My most recent post to promote The Monsoon Ghost Image is all about Hunting Humans…. My latest novel, The Monsoon Ghost Image, features a man hunt. One of my villains, Krieger, a German tycoon, lives on an island in the south of Thailand that has been populated with large mammals, some not indigenous to Southeast […]

The Monsoon Ghost Image is 99cents!

The Monsoon Ghost Image, the third installment of the Detective Maier series, published by Crime Wave Press, is on a virtual book tour this week. And an ebook copy is yours for just 99cents. The third Detective Maier mystery is a taut and crazy spy thriller for our disturbing times. When award-winning German conflict photographer […]

The Monsoon Ghost Image goes on tour

The Monsoon Ghost Image reviewed at Crime Segments

“I’d read anything written by Tom Vater — his mind works in strange and mysterious ways, a quality I genuinely appreciate in the crime fiction universe” Latest, very kind review of The Monsoon Ghost Image by Nancy O at Crime Segments. My first experience with this small indie press was, coincidentally, a book by the […]

First Amazon review of The Monsoon Ghost Image

Fellow author Janet Brown has posted a fantastic and very thorough review of The Monsoon Ghost Image on Amazon. E book copies are US$3.99 at the moment. It’s not easy to find a true noir detective in fiction these days, probably because as the German gumshoe Maier decides in The Monsoon Ghost Image, “Why solve […]

The Monsoon Ghost Image in Literary Titan

I was interviewed by Laure Siegel for Literary Titan about my forthcoming novel The Monsoon Ghost Image, the last past in my Detective Maier southeast Asian trilogy, to be published by Crime Wave Press next month. With The Monsoon Ghost Image, I wanted to bring the series into the recent past. Rather than have Maier […]

Dirty Pictures, Secret Wars & Human Beasts – Coming soon: The Monsoon Ghost Image

Detective Maier Is Back Soon To Investigate The Politics Of Murder The third Detective Maier mystery is a taut and crazy spy thriller for our disturbing times. When award-winning German conflict photographer Martin Ritter disappears in a boating accident in Thailand, the nation mourns the loss of a cultural icon. But a few weeks later, […]

The Man with the Golden Mind selected as a Must Read for 2019 by CQI Magazine

The Man with the Golden Mind, the second Detective Maier Mystery, has been selected as a Must Read title for 2019 by CQI Magazine (pages 44-45). Julia Rendel asks Detective 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 […]

Literary Flits reviews The Man with the Golden Mind

Great review at Literary Flits of my second Detective Maier thriller, The Man with the Golden Mind, from a while back. Somehow this one escaped me altogether. 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 […]

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