An Interview With John Dolan – Author of “Everyone Burns” – AN UPDATE
Without a lot of build-up, here is one of hundreds of reviews a la JD’s book, EVERYONE BURNS – and, it’s not my 5-Star Review. I’ve chosen the following review because it describes this novel with accuracy and provides enough pith of the read to serve as a good summary, to wit:
David Braddock is a complex man with several problems, both personal and business. Mr. Dolan commences the intricate web of mysteries about to draw you in by introducing a couple of new clients to David’s unusual business – he is a barely qualified personal counsellor and an unlicensed private investigator specializing in checking that tourists (farangs) in love with a Thai girl are not being taken for a ride. Enter the Police Chief of this Thai island needing David’s help to solve a particularly gruesome murder. This is where it gets really interesting as we learn David has had an affair with the Chief’s wife.
The story continues to reveal David’s personal life in snippets. His wife, Claire, is rarely home at the same time he is. When she is home their conversations are difficult and unproductive. Yet I sense how deeply David loves Claire, which confuses me as his sexual liaisons are hard to reconcile with what I have learned about his character. The beauty of this story is how it gradually reveals exactly how complex David’s character is. As clues from different parts of his life and business connect and disconnect, David also works to resolve his personal problems in a deep and thought-provoking way with a little help from a Buddhist monk. (I have to admit there are several high-brow pages that I only just about managed to keep up with.) For me, the highlight of the story was the jaw-dropping moment when my brain finally caught up with the numerous clues, but only thanks to David (read author) hitting me on the head with the terrible truth.
I won’t say more for fear of spoiling the various little mysteries that David slowly unravels, but suffice to say this is an excellent, interesting (the story is set in a beautifully detailed Thailand setting with the occasional philosophical detour), and enjoyable read. There is one mystery still to be unravelled in the series, plus the resolution to this book starts a huge problem for the next David Braddock thriller, but fear not, this is a standalone novel, and one I highly recommend.
This is a ‘Don’t Miss’ combo for you: an interview with a quality author and a 5-Star book review of “Everyone Burns.” If you have not had the pleasure of reading John Dolan you’ve missed a great experience from an author extraordinaire. JD is truly a wordsmith for his times. He is also the man who introduced me and countless others to the word, ‘Galericulate’ — that’s the name of his website/blog. (See end of interview/5-Star review/Interview…) He’s the man hidden under the hat above and he’s roaming around some continent or another. At last report, he was in Amsterdam…
OOPS – UPDATE: that was 2012…he was just recently released from Foxes and Hounds Tranquility Center! He’s much better now, I’m told! I do so hope my information is accurate… But, be gone, my foolishness! Here’s a re-blog of my 2012 interview with this important literary figure and an update on his writing…
– ‘Burning’ (at least, ROASTING!) John Dolan, Writer Extraordinaire –
An Interview’ (Sort of!)
John Dolan releasing this month of November, 2017, a NEW novel:
ONE OF THE FIRST REVIEWS of RESTLESS EARTH:
A few hours ago, I finished reading John Dolan’s latest novel, ‘Restless Earth’. I did not rush to write a review and post it for others to see because I wanted to selfishly savour the tale the author had woven as though reminiscing over an exceptional meal or a fine wine. This is easily author Dolan’s most exceptional book to date.
As with all his stories, this one too is character-driven, yet unlike the others, here we are treated to four superbly drawn protagonists, two we fans of Dolan’s work have met in previous books and two new, as their lives collide with deadly consequence. With the assistance of a few additional secondary characters, all of whom are fully fleshed out and believable even though their role may be small, the author gifts us the voyeuristic pleasure of following their lives as they intermingle and eddy like the hidden currents of a river. Moreover, what a magnificent waterway it is!
Repeating another Dolan trait, almost an inside joke for his readers, the author includes a few nuggets of gold in the stream. These take the form of Sherlockian references, obvious in the case of the name of one of the protagonists, more subtle in the epithet used by another to refer to a minor character, perhaps as a tribute to Conan Doyle’s master crime writing of yore. Dolan’s storytelling is easily as outstanding as that of the aforementioned doyen, yet firmly placed in contemporary times.
BUY SITES for RESTLESS EARTH:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Earth-Karmas-Children-1/dp/1912361019/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1511989317&sr=1-1