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Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 2

August 11, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Interviews, Iran, Nepal Visited: No Comments →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

Second and last part of an interview with a new independent publisher who is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy Noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.

The obvious question: did you travel along the Hippy Trail? If so, how was it?

I traveled from Kathmandu to Istanbul overland in 1998 and did other sections of the overland trail at various times. The long trip took about three months – fantastic experience. Witnessing the US play Iran during the 1998 football world cup, in a hotel in Esfahan, was a highlight I later wrote about – and I ended up playing a match with a small team of other travelers against local security forces on the world’s largest square! I think we lost, national honour was at stake. (more…)

Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 1

August 03, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, India, Interviews, Nepal Visited: 1 Comment →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

 I recently got word that a new independent publisher is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.  The first two books are his own works of fiction. The first, “The Devil’s Road to Khatmandu”, is the grungy comeback of four infamous hippy trail beaters to the crime scene in a changed contemporary Nepal.  A drug deal gone bad in the past swings back to the present like a high altitude Himalayan trek on acid, leaving no prisoners. The second novel, “The Cambodian Book of the Dead”, is the first episode of Detective Meier’s adventures: sent on the hunt for the heir to a coffee empire in Cambodia, the German private eye will get entangled with a crazy war criminal whose hideous career spans back to Nazi Germany and collides to the present of a nation recovering fast from genocide…
If you love Asia and pulp like I do, these two books should definitely become part of your Kindle’s top 10, as they are easily available through Amazon.com as eBooks. I decided to reach Tom Vater, the man in the dark hat, to ask some more questions about his books and Crime Wave press… (more…)

Travel for Aid: leaving Cambodia for Vietnam Part 1

June 04, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Travels, Vietnam Visited: No Comments →

We continue transmitting the chronicles of Matteo Tricarico’s new biking trip from Asia to America…


On 5 March 2012, last day of our stay in Phnom Penh, Marta and I followed Andrea and Paloma of CIAI (Italian Centre for Aid Childhood, www.ciai.it) to visit the project “From the street to school”, that the association runs in the village of Andong about twenty kilometres south of the city. Here the government forcibly settled hundreds of displaced families removed from around the lake Tompum, lately becoming one of the capital most sought areas of estate development. Andong is a place of filthy huts of brick and metal roof with no running water and open sewers.

A true suburban town in the middle of the countryside that resembles the Indian slums, although the number of residents is not in the order of millions, but of tens of thousands. Here CIAI built wooden spacious classrooms for about 300 disadvantaged children from the nearby community who are given remedial courses for those who have dropped out of school, so as to reintegrate them into the corresponding class. (more…)

Travel for Aid: from Thailand to Cambodia Part 2

May 27, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Travels Visited: No Comments →

We continue transmitting the chronicles of Matteo Tricarico’s new biking trip from Asia to America…


From our landing in Bangkok, so far we travelled 1,300 kilometres and the 26th of February we added another 120 kilometres arriving in Sisaphone, at the north-west tip of the lake.  A month was already gone since our arrival in Indochina and the cool days of early February were replaced by the first signs of the monsoons, for now only loaded with humidity but soon of rains too. The temperature rose to over 35° C with 90% humidity, bringing to the limit our heat resistance.

The following day we were invited to the second day of my friend Morokot’s older brother wedding celebrations, taking place at the bride’s home in a rural area outside Battambang. Another first experience for Marta, who fell in love straight away with the Cambodian traditional wedding dresses worn by about 300 Cambodian women guests. (more…)

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