Authors Showcase: Hungry Ghosts by John Dolan
March 26, 2015
The Book: Hungry Ghosts
The Author: John Dolan
The Story: ‘For the last half-hour my mind has been playing games with me. I keep thinking I see Claire at the periphery of my vision, but when I turn my head she vanishes.
But then of course she would.
She is a ghost, after all.’
It is the spring of 2005, and the macabre ‘burning murders’ have ended. Life has apparently returned to normal for the Thai island of Samui.
For private investigator David Braddock ‘normal’ means finding a missing drug smuggler, sleeping with the Police Chief’s wife and ensuring his office manager’s latest money making scheme doesn’t bankrupt him.
For Police Chief Charoenkul it means resuming his seemingly-endless wait for that elusive promotion to Bangkok.
However, the peace is destined to be short-lived. Unbeknown to both men karmic storm clouds are gathering and murderous forces are about to be unleashed which could destroy them both …
Hungry Ghosts is the second volume in the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series. It marks the welcome return of David Braddock, the charismatic anti-hero from ‘Everyone Burns’.
The ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series will appeal to lovers of the following book categories: mystery, thriller, crime, Thailand fiction, private investigators, British detectives, and amateur sleuths.
About John Dolan:
Makes a living by travelling, talking a lot and sometimes writing stuff down. Galericulate author, polymath and occasional smarty-pants.”
John Dolan hails from a small town in the North-East of England. Before turning to writing, his career encompassed law and finance. He has run businesses in Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. He and his wife Fiona currently divide their time between the UK and Thailand.
Review by B. R. Snow:
John Dolan’s Hungry Ghosts, the second installment in his Time, Blood, and Karma series is a very special book. Picking up from where the first book, Everyone Burns, left off, we find our protagonist, David Braddock dealing with a variety of personal and professional challenges. And as someone who spends a lot of time writing about damaged people, I must confess to having a special affinity for Braddock. He is a fascinating layered character who one minute is content dispensing his own version of justice, the next searching for enlightenment through a rather bizarre relationship with a Buddhist monk and Mr. Dolan’s well-constructed interplay of self-analysis and criticism.
While flawed, some will say deeply flawed, Braddock continues to search for truth and insight through a beautifully constructed storyline and cast of characters that bring Thai life into full view. Fortunately for all us fans of this great series, Braddock, as he himself realizes, is years – and hopefully at least a dozen more books- away from ever even landing in the same hemisphere where spiritual enlightenment resides.
The pacing is terrific throughout and Mr. Dolan’s tight writing style continues to be a delight to enjoy. It’s unusual to find a page turner that forces you to slow down so as not to miss the subtleties and sub-text which are seamlessly woven into the narrative. This book is so well written it deserves to be on a variety of Best of Lists for 2013.
I regularly receive complimentary copies of books, and my own To Be Read list continues to grow on a weekly basis. But when it comes to Mr. Dolan’s books I’ve noticed two things: they always go to the top of the list; and I have no reservations about clicking the Buy Now button.
One of the biggest questions readers, and authors as well, ask when starting a new series is; does it have legs? And I am delighted to say that it’s already abundantly clear that Mr. Dolan’s Time, Blood, and Karma series has enormous staying power and the ability to continue to deliver the goods. In short, not only does this series have legs, just like Braddock’s numerous female companions, they are long and sturdy.
Review by Kirstin:
Wow, wow, wow. I love series like this. Books that entertain, enlighten, and leave you wanting for more. The first book in the series left me with the lingering pain of finishing a great book… the nagging thoughts, philosophical debates, and musings of what would happen next… and what happened next was a great sequel.
Hungry Ghosts picks up a few weeks after the first book, and you are immediately thrown into new characters, new story lines, and new frustrations. I was amazed at how masterfully he wove in the older characters with the new. Tying up all the loose ends and strands from the first book, connecting the dots for this, and leaving a few lingering for the next Braddock book.
Dolan has created such a complex character in Braddock, and I both love and hate him for it. Braddock is such a broken man, that his actions are justifiable, but at the same time, it kills me to read them. I hope that the next book helps heal his heart a bit more.