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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 – 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 new cover for The Cambodian Book of the Dead!!! Out soon with Exhibit A!!!

The Cambodian Book of the Dead will be out world wide (except Thailand and Cambodia where Crime Wave Press retains the rights)  with Exhibit A in June. Here’s the new very cool cover!!! The Cambodian Book of the Dead is the first Maier Mystery. Part Two is in the works and should be out early […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) at FCCT, Bangkok, November 22nd

After showing at numerous international film festivals and several broadcasts on terrestrial European television, Marc Eberle’s The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos), co-written by Tom Vater, will be screened a second time at the Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand in Bangkok on November 22nd, 2010. Director Marc Eberle, screen writer […]

(Deutsch) Amerikas Geheimer Krieg in Laos – Neue Kinodaten

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