Today it’s my turn on the stop of the blog tour for The Monsoon Ghost Image, a gripping crime novel by Tom Vater.
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.
I’ve not read any of Vater’s previous novels and really enjoyed The Monsoon Ghost Image. It was very fast paced and gripping with some rather interesting characters! We meet a lot of people and visit a lot of different places throughout the story; I did get slightly confused at times, remembering which characters were who and where we were, but I have a terrible memory so probably more my fault than the authors!
I didn’t particularly warm to any of the characters but I’m not sure we’re meant to….these are assassins, spies, murderers, detectives and monstrous, terrifying doctors!
There is a lot of death/murder in this book which is quite gruesome to say the least, so probably not for the faint-hearted/squimish but it will most definitely have you flicking through the pages to see what’s happening next! And there was a brilliant twist towards the end which I hadn’t anticipated at all!
Overall I really enjoyed this and if your a fan of spy thrillers/crime fiction and aren’t afraid of a bit of blood and gore, then you should definitely check this out.
about the 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).
where to buy the monsoon ghost image
Don’t forget to check out reviews from the other fab bloggers on this tour too:
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on the tour, and to the author for providing with a copy of this book in return for an honest review, Please note, all views are my own and I am not affiliated with any of the links in this post.