Everyone Burns

Everyone Burns

John Dolan / Feb 17, 2020
Everyone Burns It is January and the charred remains of two Europeans have been discovered on the Thai island of Samui Local Police Chief Charoenkul sidelined by his superiors enlists the reluctant David Brad
  • Title: Everyone Burns
  • Author: John Dolan
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  • It is January 2005 and the charred remains of two Europeans have been discovered on the Thai island of Samui.Local Police Chief Charoenkul, sidelined by his superiors, enlists the reluctant David Braddock, a burnt out private detective, to assist in an unofficial investigation.But Braddock has problems of his own, including an affair with the same Police Chief s wife It is January 2005 and the charred remains of two Europeans have been discovered on the Thai island of Samui.Local Police Chief Charoenkul, sidelined by his superiors, enlists the reluctant David Braddock, a burnt out private detective, to assist in an unofficial investigation.But Braddock has problems of his own, including an affair with the same Police Chief s wife Peppered with irreverent humour and some pithy comments on everyday life in the Land of Smiles, Everyone Burns is much than a crime novel It is also a carefully crafted psychological study of an anti hero for our time.
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      • 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 Thailand and the UK.John is the author of the Time, Blood and Karma series.

    519 Comments

    1. It was a real treat for me to discover this 2012 entry to a new detective series A detective with heart, a fascinating mystery, and an exotic location set in an island community in Thailand So what is there about this to distinguish it from the crowd Our hero, a middle aged Brit David Braddock, is easy to identify with, kind and literate, a man who empathizes with the downtrodden He is no boy scout, as he is frequently subject to the human weaknesses of lust and the escape from internal stresses [...]


    2. Everyone Burns by John Dolan is a criminally unknown novel To think I might never have discovered it It s set in Thailand That mattered to me because I ve never read a book rooted there I warmed to the linguistically amalgating consonance of Indian sounding names We need to keep revising our opinion of the main character, David Braddock It s crazy how we need to update and collect new strands of info about him Everything that happens here is plausible Apart from the murders, there s not one shot [...]


    3. Wow.This book had me constantly intrigued Just when you think you ve figured out the big surprise , he hit you with another.Not only this, the book was witty, and with a no bullshit approach main character, whom you loved but hated There were many dimensions to this book that all flowed together seamlessly This was a fantastically written book.I m not sure why this hasn t been recommended to me, or has reviewers.Five stars all around, it wasn t just good reading, it had plot, well written at th [...]


    4. I am not a god I am simply awake Paradox abounds in John Dolan s wildly entertaining noir detective mystery thriller, Everyone Burns The central character is one David Braddock, a forty something Englishman, shadowy and transplanted to the island of Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand Braddock is a borrowed convention from the film noir genre cynical, Marlboro smoking, whiskey drinking he is all man powerless to the charms of a beautiful woman, full of integrity yet surrounded by deception Hi [...]


    5. Everyone Burns by John Dolan is set in Thailand and he does a great job of bringing the book s setting and environment to life Against that backdrop, he proceeds to tell a tale of a double murder through a cast of great characters led by his eccentric, irreverent protagonist, David Braddock Braddock is an extremely flawed individual and Dolan lets this element play out against a Buddhist monk in a wonderful counterpoint Their interactions were both touching and very funny and, for me, some one o [...]


    6. Where do I start First scene Bar fight, bar fight, bar fight I have so many comments and questions for this author John, what do they use besides rubber hoses I totally agree with Wayan s take on Alice in Wonderland That will be explained when you read the book The story begins with PI counselor David Braddock who has moved to a small island in Thailand He tracks down unfaithful girlfriends and occasionally gives marriage counseling He has a penchant for cracking on his clients but being discree [...]


    7. Everyone burns says Buddha, and that certainly applies to this brilliant reinvention of the noir detective mystery thriller Move over Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane, we now have John Dolan who sets a small Thailand island, sorry for that, on fire with political intrigue, grisly serial murders, unfaithful wives and husbands, gangsters, bent cops and just about the sleaziest detective ever Said detective is David Braddock, down on his luck with work and women, who spends his time dirtying hi [...]


    8. Hugely entertaining Everyone Burns has something for everyone Humour, drama, a likeable lead character, a deep knowledge and understanding of Thailand and a few lessons in Buddhism along the way.I guessed the ending several times and got it wrong every time Some nice twists and turns in a setting for which I have a particular affection.This is clearly the first in a series and I started to look for the sequel as soon as I hit the last page No higher compliment.


    9. Everyone Burns takes place in Thailand, a country I know well, and Mr Dolan knows better His attention to setting, language, and the accurate depiction of the Thai people drew me in from the start.A cast of eccentric characters kept me riveted to the story, and none was eccentric than protagonist, David Braddock He roams the island of Samui as a farang foreigner but is intimately familiar with the culture, working as a private investigator and pseudo therapist He s a smartass with a razor sharp [...]


    10. Everyone Burns by John Dolan is a must read in every sense of the word A good looking, charming PI on an island of beauty, that runs both an investigative service and a counseling service, while juggling women, mystery and murder I was hooked in an instant.Surrounded in the lush beauty of Thailand, and intermixed in the local society, politics, and spirituality, this story focuses on one man s journey to find the truth Through the intermixing of storylines, we are led down a wonderful path of in [...]


    11. David Braddock, a private investigator in Thailand has many things going on in his life Not only is he solving mysteries he s been hired to investigate, but he s also solving his own internal mysteries David is a smart, realistic, cocky and trustworthy guy who many people flock to when they have issues requiring utmost discretion.The story is told in his point of view, which I enjoyed very much We like David straight away since many people trust him and he is a noble person to both his assistant [...]


    12. Simply brilliant.The setting is Koh Samui, Thailand I spend lots of time in Thailand, but only as a tourist This story gives an excellent feel for what it would be like to be a Westerner actually living there It s great to see an insider s view of this life.The characters come to life They are created in a fashion that makes you feel you know them intimately like them or not, you will know them The protagonist is a flawed character that you grow to like, but would often like to throttle him.The [...]


    13. I met John Dolan on twitter, his tweets are consistently entertaining I figured a guy with such wry wit might actually be able to write It was a good guess Mr Dolan authored a highly engaging, entertaining, and at times hilarious novel.The setting is exotic, slightly erotic, and filled with all the third world Thai corruption you can handle A great place to get down and dirty with a murder mystery.His characters are fully three dimension, lively and perfectly imperfect in all the ways they shoul [...]


    14. Everyone Burns by John Dolan was recommended to me by several friends but since I am not a huge crime fiction fan I waited for an promotion before getting and reading it.The story is about a British Private Investigator and counsellor David Braddock who lives in Thailand to make his money stretcj further Braddock is a very interesting, washed out and overall really great character whom to follow is hugely entertaining Although he has marital problems and a lot of depth there is a dubious and not [...]


    15. John Dolan s Everyone Burns is a delight to read if you don t believe me, peek into those vital five or pages given to us for a sneak preview His main character is complex, an irreverent and intelligent man, who gets himself in and out of trouble as we gradually find out about him and why he makes the decisions he does.Dolan brings to life living in the tropics, always with a background of the sorts of goings on for which Thailand has a reputation But Dolan surprises the reader time and again [...]


    16. Great Read This is a great book Once I began reading it, I had to know what happened next David Braddock is an interesting and complex character who runs a private detective agency The mystery keeps you guessing throughout and I had anticipated the next book in the series would be called Braddock s Enlightenment I cannot help but smile and did several times while I read this book only to be proved wrong At the end of the book there is a free chapter from the next instalment in this series and th [...]


    17. John Dolan has done it again Everyone Burns is filled with complex characters that lead you through the somewhat corrupt and sexual setting of Thailand You will be teased and frazzled by the girls and girlyboys, the farangs and David as they take you on a journey of twists, turns, and a few straight forward slams on your ass As expected, the ending is amazingly satisfying as it surprises and dumbfounds you Never a dull moment Thank you, John Dolan.


    18. 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 grues [...]


    19. I loaded the book Everyone Burns into my iPad and carried it around for a couple weeks, attempting to read it when taking small breaks from my daily tasks and duties It did not work out well that way This book deserved my full attention Finally, I resolved the problem by skipping a night s sleep last weekend I have to say it was all worth it I finished the book right before dawn My eyes popped out or at least it felt like that way , my brain cells pumped up, and my heart was content from a great [...]


    20. Magnificently spun, gritty, witty page turner.e fiction at its bestSometimes it s difficult to find a crime novel that doesn t cling to the usual formulaic whodunit expositiont so with EVERYONE BURNS Author John Dolan has created a magnificent read, set in the beautiful Thai Island of Samui, where the natural beauty and gracious manner of its people clashes with a couple of grisly murderse kinda down at heel private investigator, David Braddock gets involved in an attempt at profiling the possib [...]


    21. I was introduced to John Dolan when he graciously agreed to participate in a writing project on my blog earlier this year I have been curious about Everyone Burns ever since The charm, wit, and humor in John Dolan s Twitter, G feeds and blog are infectious, and his writing is rich without being heavy Everyone Burns is by turns gritty, tender, introspective, darkly funny, clever, sad, dangerous and sexy Mr Dolan draws the reader into the Thai landscape and culture, spins a tricky mystery, and rel [...]


    22. I found this book difficult to put down as the storyline had so many unexpected twists and turns.The main character is David Braddock a counsellor and erstwhile private investigator and British expat living on the island of Sumai in Thailand.This is a murder mystery that leaves you guessing right up to the last chapter as to whom the antagonist is, usually I have no problem in working out how a plot will unfold, and yet, on this occasion I could never have anticipated how this would end I could [...]


    23. Thai noir David Braddock, in his own words, is Hiding out, if you will, on a small island in the Gulf of Thailand Living off the proceeds of earlier capitalist days and inherited money Pursued by his own demons, he also runs an unlikely dual agency for which he is neither legally or professionally qualified, offering the locals psychological counseling, and visiting men his investigative services spying on lovelies from girly bars that the suckers have met on vacation, then agreed to support fro [...]


    24. Everyone Burns was a great read My favorite character was the Old Monk He had little patience for David s self pity and when he conceded to guide his prot g , it was often in the form of vague spiritualism rather than straightforward answers I loved it.The story starts out a little confusing but once I got my feet settled firmly under me, I was good to go There are a few twists and turns to keep the story interesting, along with wonderful scene development and witty dialogue between many of the [...]


    25. John Dolan takes careful aim at the reading intellect of Americans and does a wonderful job of spinning a thriller suitable for adult readers on all continents His Mystery Detective thriller Everyone Burns takes an almost washed up detective living on the Thai Island of Samui and stirs him into a boiling cauldron of breath taking troubles All readers be aware this author takes no prisoners as you fly through the deftly created dangers and characters thrown out by this man s imagination.For timid [...]


    26. John introduced me to this book through Twitter and as someone that enjoys a good whodunit I went for it Okay so my version was downloaded from Smashwords and read on Kobo rather than Kindle Based in Thailand, I can only go with the stories I ve heard of the country but it came across as well researched and so it should be since John lives there The character is just that a great character with its foibles as any good Brit expat would have The story moved well and kept you engaged Shame I had so [...]


    27. A pseudo PI counselor, a police chief, and a j o ph w walk into a bar Well, not exactly Take these three characters, put them on a Thailand island sounds better in your head than out loud , add family, friends, and clients, murder, sex, Buddhism, Alice in Wonderland, and rhinoceros beetles What do you get This hodgepodge of a book that was a fun read Not something I would normally read, but I think I want to read the next book by John Dolan.


    28. What a terrific read Particularly if you ve spent any time in Thailand, and even particularly if you ve already read John Burdett s novels.I was wildly enthusiastic about the latter, but frankly, Dolan s may be even better.I remain infuriated by the design and typography, and it s a credit to the author that I persisted and finished the thing I may now need to visit SpecSavers I just ordered the sequel, by the way Keep em coming, John.


    29. Well written story of a British ex pat s struggle to be reborn on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand.A sometimes dark tale of violent crime, infidelity and intrigue, told with a wry sense of humor.


    30. This is the first novel I ve read by John Dolan, and it gets top marks for setting and character development, while having a sufficiently complicated plot that I didn t tune out in the middle If anything, the solution was perhaps a little less complex than I would have liked The expat detective narrator David Braddock holed up on Koh Samui has his own skeletons, ghosts and demons that he deals with in unhealthy fashion alcohol, tobacco and sex that appeals to a certain cross section of the readi [...]


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