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Mekong Shadows anthology on Cambodian book shelves

Mekong Shadows, the new anthology of fiction from and about Cambodia, published my Saraswati Publishing is not available in print from Monument Books in Cambodia. The story collection features and extract from The Cambodian Book of the Dead along with contributions from many local and ex-pat writers. Read a review in Thailand’s The Nation.

Mekong Shadows anthology features The Cambodian Book of the Dead

Earlier this week, Saraswati Publishing in Phnom Penh launched Mekong Shadows a new anthology of dark tales from Cambodia. Edited by British journalist Iain Donnelly, this collection includes both Cambodian and ex pat writers, both complete unknowns and widely published authors, including Kosal Khiev, John Burdett and James Newman. Feedback has been positive with coverage […]

Fun City will punch your lights out – The new Joe Dylan novel by James Newman

  “A detective should have facts, but sometimes, you just had to dance to the song playing on the jukebox, work the instinct routine, wherever it takes you.” James Newman is cutting his anchors and leaving the shore. He probably sails under a black flag and his destination is rather undefined. He’s not concerned with […]

Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels – Jonathan DeHart in The Diplomat

Jonathan DeHart writes an in-depth article on Bangkok crime fiction in The Diplomat today. Thailand’s capital is home to a vibrant community of writers exploring the city’s vast underbelly. Excellent overview of some the city’s literary forces. Great to be interviewed for this piece and wonderful to see Crime Wave Press being mentioned. Authors James […]

A Night of Bangkok Noir with Peter Rozovsky, Christopher G. Moore and James Newman

   I attended a great evening of talking crime fiction at the Checkinn99 in Bangkok with pulp author James Newman doing the introductions, and crime writer Christopher G. Moore interviewing the incredibly erudite Peter Rozovsky, author of celebrated crime fiction blog Detectives Beyond Borders. The talk veered from the profound to the profane, from traditional […]

Bankok’s Third Fiction Night of Noir

Bangkok based writer James Newman organized the third Bangkok Night of Noir at CheckInn99, a club cum bar on Sukhumvit Road, last month. The venue, once the haunt of the likes of Bob Hope and David Bowie (probably not on the same nights) was packed with as many punters as  local ex-pat writers and aspirants […]

Welcome to the 3rd Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir on January 8th

Not sure of the line-up yet, but there’s a third Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir happening on January 8th and Jame DiBiasio, author of Gaijin Cowgirl, has been confirmed. I will be reading something too. Looking forward to a rare literary event in the Thai capital. Hats off to writer/organizer James Newman.

The Man with the Golden Mind live debut

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 […]

Tom Vater reads from The Cambodian Book of the Dead at The Vibe in Bangkok on Saturday 24th

Aroon Thaewchatturat shoots the Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir

Photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat shoots the Bangkok Night of Noir at Check Inn 99, legendary Vietnam era haunt on Sukhumvit Road (and once a watering hole (pun probably intended) for Bob Hope, on April 17th. The evening featured local literary luminaries James Newman who organized the event, Dean Barrett, Christopher C. Moore, John Gartland and me. […]

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