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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 […]

PsycheDelhi – As Mad House as Art House

A few words om the excellent art house movie PsycheDelhi by Surya Dash.   If Godard and Tarkovsky had conceived an illegitimate child, with an anarchist bohemian Brahmin capturing the surrealist copulation on camera round the back of a chowk in the Indian capital, the offspring might look something like PsycheDelhi. Delhi is usually perceived […]

On Air in The Panic Room – Talking crime fiction

Master of escape seeking to become master of Noir – Roy Harper talks

Roy Harper, who has escaped three times — twice from the State Penitentiary at Parchman —has written two crime novels now from his small cell there, editing each one on an illegal cellphone. Both ‘Shank’ and ‘Heist’ are out with Crime Wave Press. Jerry Mitchell reports for the Clarion Ledger. Read the full story. Here’s […]

The Blind Rooster – The 13th title from Crime Wave Press

The Blind Rooster by Preston land is the 13th title my publishing company Crime Wave Press has released. When con-man Ralph does a runner on the check at a shabby diner in an unfamiliar town, he doesn’t expect it to catch up to him. But the waitress Arlene tracks him down and ropes him into […]

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 […]

My Special Needs Baby’s Long and Roundabout Road to Publication

Crime Wave Press author Gary Anderson recounts how he found a home for his excellent and hilariously transgressive Sci Fi Noir novel The Gwousz Affair. I’m going start by making what might be a startling admission: I came to noir late. The Gwousz Affair is my first attempt at what might be if not partially […]

The Man with the Golden Mind – Reviewed at Looking for a Good Book

My novel The Man with the Golden Mind, out later this month with Exhibit A Books, gets a great review at Looking For A Good Book. The second Maier Mystery takes the German detective to Laos and back in time to the CIA’s secret war in Indochina in the 1960s and 70s. “This novel is […]

The Cambodian Book of the Dead reviewed at Fresh Fiction!!!

“This is noir at its grittiest, most graphic best. There is a lush complexity in the narrative that Mr. Vater has brought us readers.” The Cambodian Book of the Dead is reviewed at Fresh Fiction!!! Read the full review here.

It’s a Hard Road to The Cambodian Book of the Dead!!!

Advanced reading copies from Exhibit A Books. Chuffed. Quite moved. Quite indescribable feeling… Detective Maier is on his way…. into hell and back….and a book shop near you!!!

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