Author – Tom Vater has published four crime novels and is the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based crime fiction imprint. He writes for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, CNN and The Nikkei Asian Review. He is a best-selling non-fiction writer and co-author of the highly acclaimed Sacred Skin (www.sacredskinthailand.com).
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Publisher – Crime Wave Press
The Blurb –
Dirty Pictures, Secret Wars And Human Beasts – Detective Maier Is Back To Investigate The Politics Of Murder
The third Detective Maier mystery 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 cultural icon. But 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. Maier decides to travel to Thailand to find Ritter. But all he finds is trouble and a photograph.
As soon as Maier puts his hands on the Monsoon Ghost Image, the detective turns from hunter to hunted – the CIA, international business interests, a doctor with a penchant for mutilation and a woman who calls herself the Wicked Witch of the East all want to get their fingers on Martin Ritter’s most important piece of work – visual proof of a post 9/11 CIA rendition and the torture of a suspected Muslim terrorist on Thai soil. 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 our darkest truths and to save their lives into the bargain.
Today is my stop on The Monsoon Ghost Image blog tour, many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources
My thoughts – This book is really gritty, and is a great read. I found the way he described some of the locations fascinating, he certainly paints a picture with his words.
The story follows Maier, who is slowly drinking himself to death, unfortunately for him he is about to take a case that will cause his death a lot quicker than alcohol.
A photograph has been taken that shows the torture of a prisoner following the events of 9/11. Should this photograph become public knowledge the authorities would have to admit to unlawful means of information gathering.
But Maier and his partner and Mikhail are not the only ones after this photograph, they start out as the hunters but soon find themselves being hunted to ensure their silence. Not for the faint hearted, as the body count rises and rises as they keep running.
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