The Man With The Golden Mind
Series: #2 Detective Maier Mysteries Trilogy
By, Tom Vater
Format Read: Ebook with EVIE App playback
How obtained: Part of a book tour for the book from Blackthorn Book Tours.
Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976.
But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms. Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets.
But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.
I recommend this book for ages 16+ due to the violence and sexual content.
From the trauma and excitement that was Cambodia. Tom Vater is back with my favorite Detective. This time Detective Maier is looking to solve a 25 year old murder case in Laos.
In true Tom Vater style nothing is as simple as it seems. Tom Vater knows how to keep you on your seat and weave a tale filled with twists and enough excitement that can keep you going on for multiple books all in one fast paced book.
Detective Maier keeps becoming more fleshed out in this second book of the series and we get the chance to learn more about his past and family tree as well as seeing him try to work out some “daddy issues” while trying to keep himself alive and mostly intact. Maier has the luck of the devil or maybe deep down enjoys the pressure of his cases and the beatings he gets himself into along with plenty of narrow escapes and some heartbreaking circumstances as retirement is an ugly work that might be slowly worming its way into him.
I enjoyed, as with every book I have read from Tom Vater, the history with the thrilling story all entwined together so seamlessly. If you have read the previous Detective Maier book you will definitely enjoy this one as the stakes raise a bit higher and old grievances are brought to light with the Detective dragged into it all. I am definitely hoping for at the very least some kind of Netflix series adaptation of this book series with each book covering a season. Let’s get on this. But at the very least pick up a copy of this book or the first in the series called “Cambodian Book of the Dead” and start reading this wonderful series or if you have read that already pick up this entry into the series.
I look forward to seeing how Detective Maier keeps changing and what other adventures and situations he ends up in.
I give this book, 5 lost appendages out of 5.
About the Author: Tom Vater
Tom Vater is a writer and publisher working predominantly in Asia. He is the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based English language crime fiction imprint.
Tom has published three novels, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, currently available in English and Spanish, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, released by Crime Wave Press in Asia and world wide in July 1013 by Exhibit A as well as a follow-up,. The Man with the Golden Mind, out with Exhibit A in March 2014.
Tom has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The South China Morning Post, Marie Claire, Geographical, Penthouse and other publications.
He has published several non-fiction books, including the highly acclaimed Sacred Skin with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, and the more recent Burmese Light with photographer Hans Kemp.
Tom is the co-author of several documentary screenplays, most notably The Most Secret Place On Earth, a feature on the CIA’s covert war in 1960s Laos.
In his spare time, he plays in Rock’nRoll bands and reads Noir fiction.
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Until next time,