I was over-joyed when I stumbled upon the fourth book in the Time, Blood and Karma series. Dolan is one of my favourite mystery / thriller writers and this book lived up to the high standard of the previous ones.
Once again we follow private detective David Braddock through an adventure in Thailand, this time with a lot of political intrigue as a military coup is in the offing.
His latest mission comes to him at the wedding of his daughter, of all places. Personal and professional issues get mixed up quickly, as always in this series, and make for some very rewarding reading pleasure.
The book shines with its engaging narrative: one minute distant and detached from the happening, the next you’re drawn in with the characters in the turnmoil and chaos that prevails in their lives.
This book benefits from the work that Dolan put in in previous instalments. The plot can build on previous books but you don’t need to have read them to appreciate it. There is a lot going on in this thriller. The narrative is captivating and shines through the humorous and eloquent use of language.
This is hugely enjoyable and a real treat.
It is the summer of 2006. In Thailand, the army makes preparations to overthrow the elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra.
Against this backdrop of political turmoil, destinies are shaped as events ensnare a corrupt Police Chief and his dying wife, two warring drug lords, an embittered widow, and a vengeful gangster.
While dreams and obsessions play out on the streets of Bangkok, private detective David Braddock finds himself mired in guilt. The ghosts of his past misdeeds are coming home, and they are bringing devastation in their wake.
‘Running on Emptiness’ is the fourth volume in the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series.
‘Hungry Ghosts’ , book two in the series, is currently #FREE on Amazon Kindle until 15th February
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 Thailand and the UK.
John is the author of the Time, Blood and Karma series.