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Posts tagged Detective Maier

The Monsoon Ghost Image – Out Now!

Grab a digital copy for US$3.99. The print edition is out in December. The third Detective Maier mystery, published by Crime Wave Press, 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 […]

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 Crime Fiction of Phnom Penh @ Crime Reads

Patrick French reports on Drifters, Conspirators, and Noir in Cambodia’s Capital City for Crime Reads and writes… “Hard-boiled and noir is pretty much the only option on the menu when it comes to Phnom Penh crime writing. Tom Vater, a Bangkok-based writer and publisher, wrote The Cambodian Book of the Dead (2013) which sees German […]

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 […]

Four New Titles from Crime Wave Press in November

  Crime Wave Press, my publishing venture with Hans Kemp, and Asia’s only English language crime fiction imprint, has been producing quality crime fiction for four years now. We have 28 titles under our belt, one of our books, The Curious Corpse by Nick Wilgus, has just been optioned for a movie by De Warenne […]

The Man with the Golden Mind – Review in Looking For A Good Book

Great review of my second Detective Maier novel The Man with the Golden Mind at Looking for a Good Book, from 2014. Writers often hear the mantra “show, don’t tell,” but author Vater brings this to a new level.  Rather than showing us what is happening, he brings us in to the environment and lets […]

THE CAMBODIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD at Paul Brazill’s

THE CAMBODIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD is featured in this week’s writer’s round-up at Paul Brazill‘s this week: What Goes On? Vater, Bird, Tomlinson, Miles. I share Paul’s virtual stage with Nigel Bird, Katherine Tomlinson and Maritetta Miles. Here’s what I had to say…. I’ve just republished THE CAMBODIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, the first in […]

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