Tour: The Cambodian Book of the Dead

By Tom Vater, January 07 – 10

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  • Genre: Crime, Detective Thriller
  • Print length: 298 pages
  • Suitable for young adults? No
  • Formats available for the Tour: mobi, epub, pdf. [sorry, no paperbacks!]
  • Amazon Rating: Just published, not yet rated. Tom Vater is the author of 20 books, including 4 novels, all of them 4-5 star rated
  • Trigger warning: Graphic violence; torture references; killings

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About The Cambodian Book of the Dead

German detective Maier travels to Phnom Penh, the Asian kingdom’s ramshackle capital, to find the heir to a Hamburg coffee empire. As soon as the private eye and former war reporter arrives in Cambodia, his search for the young coffee magnate leads into the darkest corners of the country’s history.

A beautiful, scarred woman with a mythical and frightening past, a Khmer Rouge general, an expat gangster, an old flame, a man-eating shark and a gang of teenage girl assassins lead the detective back in time, through the communist revolution and to the White Spider: a Nazi war criminal who hides amongst the detritus of another nation’s collapse and reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungles of Cambodia.

Captured and imprisoned, Maier is forced into the worst job of his life. He is to write the biography of the White Spider – a tale of mass murder that reaches from the Cambodian Killing Fields back to Europe’s concentration camps – or die.


Praise for The Cambodian Book of the Dead

“The narrative is fast-paced and the frequent action scenes are convincingly written. The smells and sounds of Cambodia are vividly brought to life. Maier is a bold and brave hero.” – Crime Fiction Lover

“This is noir at its grittiest, most graphic best. There is a lush complexity in the narrative that Mr. Vater has brought us readers. To say this was a historically laden story is to sell it short. We are transported into the world of Cambodia, and quite possibly one that most of us will never see in real life. The magic, the awe, the mystique and mystery all accompany the depth of characterization.” – Fresh Fiction

“The Cambodian Book of the Dead is an enigmatic, unsettling thriller that never lets you get your balance.” – CheffoJeffo

About Tom Vater

Tom Vater is an Asia-based writer.

He has published some 20 books – four novels, nonfiction, illustrated books and guidebooks, all on Asian subjects.

Tom has written four crime fiction novels. The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – the third English language edition out with Next Chapter out now – is a travel thriller set on the 70s hippie trail between London and Kathmandu. A Spanish translation is out with ExploraEditorial.

The Detective Maier trilogy – The Cambodian Book of the Dead, The Man with the Golden Mind and the The Monsoon Ghost Image, a Southeast Asia series of novels follows the exploits of a former conflict journalist turned private eye.

Tom has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, the Nikkei Asian Review and many other publications. He co-authored Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos (2011), a notable bestseller. He is also co-author of several documentary screenplays, including The Most Secret Place on Earth (2008), a feature on the CIA’s covert war in Laos in the 60s and 70s.

Tom is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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