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The Monsoon Ghost Image: A Detective Maier Mystery (The Detective Maier Mystery Series Book 3)

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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 week
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Published October 31st 2018 by Crime Wave Press
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Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
This is a fast paced spy thriller and, for me, a disturbing read. Within the first few pages seven people have been killed as 'collateral damage' to enable Martin Ritter, a conflict photographer, to fake his own death and start a new life for himself. That's just a taste of things to come, so if murder, torture, mutilation and more abhorrent behaviour isn't what you enjoy reading about, give this a miss - you have been warned!

This is the third story in the Detective Maier series but, as I haven'
Stephanie Jane
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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I still haven't gotten around to reading the first volume of Tom Vater's Detective Maier Mystery series, The Cambodian Book Of The Dead, although I did enjoy the second mystery, The Man With The Golden Mind so I was happy to be offered the opportunity to reads its sequel, The Monsoon Ghost Image. (Regular visitors will know I struggle to read any series in the right order!) In this third book, a jaded and suffering Detective Maier is again dr
Munie  Moe
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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TMGI by Tom Vater is the third and perhaps final thriller in the Detective Maier trilogy. I requested and received a digital copy compliments of Crime Wave Press in exchange for an honest review.

Vater has certainly imagined a complex protagonist in Maier, an East German man who was once a war correspondent and now works as a PI for the premiere Sundermann agency in Hamburg, Germany, specializing in South East Asian cases. However, it is his past as a journalist that catches up to Maier in The Mo
Caroline Venables
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ad
Gareth Griffith
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a review copy of this book.
In The Monsoon Ghost Image Tom Vater sets the story of the presumed disappearance of a German war photographer, Martin Ritter, against the backdrop of a larger canvass in which the CIA wages the War Against Terror by foul means or fair. Into this dangerous post 9/11 milieu comes private detective Maier and his Russian sidekick, Mikhail. They are sent to Bangkok to investigate sightings of Ritter, an assignment which plunges them into the brutal, hig
Julie Morris
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in a series featuring private detective Maier. I haven’t read books one and two but this did not hinder my enjoyment of this book which can easily be read as a standalone. However, reading books one and two first would fill in some back story and give a deeper understanding of some of the characters in the book, so if you intend to read them all it would probably be a good idea to read them in order.

This is an interesting combination of detective story and spy thriller whi
Vigilant Reader
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Title – The Monsoon Ghost Image
Author – Tom Vatar
Genre – MST Crime
Word Count 50,000
Rating 2 stars out of 5
No. 49 - 2018
Posted 12/31/2018

My Impressions: Moody, dangerous, filth, torture, murder, evil psychopath, extreme characters

Main Characters:
Detective Fred Maier – German detective, ex-reporter
Mikhail Kozakov– Maier’s partner, ex-Russian hit man.
Martin Ritter – Famous, worldwide conflict photographer.
Dr. Suraporn – Psychopath, plastic surgeon.

The Monsoon Ghost Image is set mainly in and
Mark Atley
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Monsoon Ghost Image, solid story-telling, engaging characters and the closing of an arc for the main character, Maier. However, the most striking thing about this series is truly the amount of violence perpetrated against Maier; this novel takes us back to 2002, in the wake of 9/11 and the beginning of the War on Terror, set in Thailand, and pits the hero against the CIA—sort of—but I’ll let the reader discover what I mean by that.

Is this a five-star story, no, but is this a solid entertaining
Tasha Mahoney
I found this story really hard to write a review about because most of the time I felt rather lost in the plot and story-line. This may be my shortcoming but none the less, I struggled to keep up with the story.

This is the third book in the Detective Maier series, and I have not read the other ones. I read this as a standalone and it worked as such.

Fast paced and intense, The Monsoon Ghost Image took me from continent to continent but predominantly took place in the Thailand. The story started o
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
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….
Michele Twomey
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a review copy of this book.
From the opening page of this book I knew I was in the hands of a gifted storyteller, granted one that has a pension for graphic violence, who voyages through some disturbing situations, but someone who must have had enough real-life experiences to build a well-crafted gritty, sometimes cool world. The plot has some intriguing twists as it delves into those harrowing years of shady practices, that kicked off the era called The War on Terror.
I must admit
Cherry London
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darn, this book is high on the adrenalin and deeply intense with sinister characters and a whole lotta of muck. Martin Ritter was a condemned man from the start and the only way to close that sorry chapter of his life was to end it and start anew, but at what cost, now seven people were blown to smithereens all by his hands, was he a mad man or a demented one. Detective Maier was another such lost soul, now he waits for the day it would all end, but first, he gotta do his job no matter what. Bot ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I started the book with a lot of expectations. The first chapter hit me like a blast. I LOVED it immediately! I felt myself get hooked.
However, once the first chapter was over... I felt that the writing was just not doing it for me. I'm not sure what exactly was the problem or how to fix them but this is what I noticed;
1) I couldn't feel the character's emotions. They didn't feel real if that makes sense.
2) I found that I had to go back and reread a lot of pages because I just couldn't
Jessica Belmont
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Monsoon Ghost Image is a fast-paced, noir spy thriller with quite the disturbing experience. There are some things in this book that are tough to deal with, but I love suspenseful thrillers, so this was right up my alley.

This is the third in a series, but can be read as a standalone. There are references to previous information, but I never felt lost.

Tom Vater is an expert in keeping you hooked. The story is enthralling, and there wasn’t a moment I wasn’t holding my breath. That is definitel
This is book #3 in the Detective Maier series. This was my first book by this author, and therefore also the first book in the series that I have read. German Detective, Maier is on the search for an award winning photographer Martin Ritter who has gone missing in Thailand. Maier soon becomes the hunted when he ends up with Ritter’s most important piece of work and is in a race against time to save his own life.

This is not my normal choice of book, but I was given the opportunity to read it. The
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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

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