Today I’ve got a treat for you: John Dolan‘s new novel:

“All rivers flow to the sea; yet the sea is not full.”

On the Thai island of Samui, widowed private investigator David Braddock is stuck in a rut. Spending his days pandering to disreputable clients and his nights engaged in meaningless sex, this is not the life he had envisaged for himself. It passes the time, but it is hardly exciting.
Professional assassin Ross Gallagher has the opposite problem. He is sick of excitement. Years of travelling the world murdering strangers has taken a toll on his mental health, and he wants a different kind of existence before it is too late.
But their fortunes take an unexpected turn – and not for the better – when Braddock receives a phone call from his daughter saying she has killed her husband …

Here’s my review:

Detective Braddock and his engaging surroundings are drawn in yet another intriguing and spellbinding mystery when his daughter is in trouble over killing her husband. This series is kind of a spin-off a previous Karma Series and turns the focus away from the previous dynamic between a set of main characters and now involving the wider Braddock family. By doing this Dolan allows us to keep indulging in the great cast of  characters (bossy women, odd colleagues, handsome staff) we have grown so fond of, while providing us with fresh new elements and dimensions.
Assassin Gallagher, the other river in this rapid stream of a novel is a great contrast to Braddock and a marvellous addition to the cast.

Without going into too much details, there are great surprises and turns in this excellently constructed and plotted story but the appeal of this series for me lies again in Dolan’s writing style: the choice of excellent characters, the witty wordings and the dry humour blended with situational comedy. Braddock, his daughter and his mother in law have a gret dynamic and would easily be enough to keep a book without much story ticking over.
Gallagher is an excellent creation and also provides great entertainment in quite different ways.
It’s rare to find such great and entertaining writing combined with skillful mystery plotting.




“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.

He is the author of the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ mystery series and the ‘Karma’s Children’ mystery trilogy.