Tour: The Monsoon Ghost Image

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By Tom Vater, March 4 – 7

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  • Genre: Crime
  • Print length: 258
  • Suitable for young adults? No
  • Trigger warnings: graphic violence
  • Formats available for the Tour: mobi, epub, pdf. [sorry, no paperbacks!]
  • Amazon Rating: New publication, not yet rated

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About The Monsoon Ghost Image

When award-winning German conflict photographer Martin Ritter disappears in a boating accident in Thailand, the nation mourns the loss of a cultural icon. A few weeks later, Detective Maier’s agency in Hamburg gets a call from Ritter’s wife. Her husband has been seen alive on the streets of Bangkok.

Traveling to Thailand, all Maier finds is trouble and a photograph. But as soon as Maier puts his hands on the Monsoon Ghost Image, the detective turns from hunter to hunted. The CIA, a doctor with a penchant for violence and a mysterious woman known as the Wicked Witch Of The East all want to get their fingers on Ritter’s most important piece of work.

From the concrete canyons of the Thai capital to the savage jungles and hedonist party islands of southern Thailand, Maier and his sidekick Mikhail race against formidable foes to discover some of the darkest truths of our time – and save their lives.

The third book in Tom Vater’s Detective Maier Mysteries series, The Monsoon Ghost Image can be read as a standalone. It is another action-packed thriller with plenty of sex, drugs, assassinations and double-crosses.

Praise for The Detective Maier series

This latest book is not yet rated, but previous books in the series have received much critical acclaim.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A good read. Set against a very recognisable Laos the plot is an original twist on the SE Asia thriller genre. The author has a great sense of place. Maier is a well drawn character. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the story cracks along and I look forward to the next in the series. Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tom Vater is a master of plot and character, which puts The Man with the Golden Mind at the top of my list of memorable crime fiction. But what keeps me reading everything this man writes is his stunning sense of place. Bangkok, he says, is “a metropolis of ten million people who never talked to each other but smiled and smiled and smiled.” The mercilessly-bombed Plain of Jars is “a giant’s golf course” and a crisp description of “the last frontier for the Lonely Planet set” is precise, satirical, and right on target. And then there’s Maier, a man who uses only his surname—and when Vater finally explains why, readers can only sympathize. Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tom Vater’s book is a top-notch spy thriller that just happens to unwind the still-hidden truth of the disastrous American Secret War in Laos. I’ve worked in the news business for most of my life and, until I read this and watched the documentary that Tom wrote, I really had no idea of sheer size of the CIA’s operation. The book is a quest for truth, a search for a father and family, and a journey through the lies, betrayals, hot sex, and odd friendships that are the reality of the spy trade. There is kidnapping, gunshots, insane maniacs hiding in the deep jungles. If it wasn’t for the documentary–which is not available in the United States but should be (there is a stolen copy on YouTube)–you could believe that it’s all fantasy and fiction. Amazon Review

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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