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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 […]

48 hours in . . . Bangkok, an insider guide to Thailand’s colourful capital in The Daily Telegraph

My latest look at Bangkok in The Daily Telegraph. Welcome to Bangkok – a sprawling, humid metropolis of more than 10 million souls that rose along the eastern banks of the Chao Phraya river a little more than 200 years ago. Today, the Thai capital brims with interesting historic sites, stylish hotels, incredible culinary adventures, and […]

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 goes on tour

Interviewed by Colman’s Criminal Library

Following a great review of my latest novel The Monsoon Ghost Image, Colman from Colman’s Criminal Library has taken the time to interview me, and I in return, have taken the time to ramble incessantly about my self and my work, to the point where it’s almost indecent. Here’s a taster…. From what I little […]

Interviewed at Rainne’s Ramblings

I am interviewed at Rainne’s Ramblings this week about my brand new novel The Monsoon Ghost Image, the Detective Maier Mystery series and about how I became a writer. Here’s a taster: How did your journey as a writer begin? I was living in a cheap room in a cheap guest house on Freak Street […]

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 […]

Men Reading Books review The Monsoon Ghost Image

‘ Men Reading Books found my just published novel The Monsoon Ghost Image a little disturbing… The Monsoon Ghost Image by Tom Vater is a very dark murder mystery which takes place in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Cambodia. The book starts in late 2002, and the course of the story covers about six months. […]

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 […]

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