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Everyone Burns

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 more than a crime novel. It is also a carefully-crafted psychological study of an anti-hero for our time.

Hungry Ghosts

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, unbeknown to both men karmic storm clouds are gathering and murderous forces are about to be unleashed which could destroy them both ...

A Poison Tree

“You kill my wife and I’ll kill yours.” You must admit, as a proposition, it has an alluring symmetry to it.

It is 1999, and as the Millennium approaches, old certainties wither. For family man, David Braddock, his hitherto predictable world is undergoing a slow collapse. The people closest to him seem suddenly different. As desires and aspirations tangle around each other like parasite stems, betrayal is in the air.
And so is murder.

Running on Emptiness

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.

Restless Earth

“It’s not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. And sometimes, there are no good guys.”


Four men scattered across the globe. . .
One seeks pleasure
One seeks purpose
One seeks redemption
And one seeks revenge.

A wind is howling around the skyscrapers of New York, through the battlefields of Iraq, and into the bustling streets of Bangkok. It carries with it the fates of these four men: men bound together by chance and history. 
Which of them – if any – will survive the tempest?

Two Rivers, One Stream

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 … 

Everyone Dies

Private detective David Braddock is holed-up on the Thai island of Samui plotting the death of the Russian oligarch who ordered the killing of his daughter. Embittered and descending rapidly into alcoholism, the Englishman must find a way to exact his retribution before he completely falls apart.

Fate, however, has one final lesson for David Braddock: the dead don’t always stay dead.

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Once you've met Jim Fosse you'll never feel quite the same about opening your e-mails!

A darkly humorous short story of obsession from John Dolan, author of 'Everyone Burns'.

NOTE: This is a VERY short story. You can usually download it FREE from Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

Chaos Is Come Again

Sean hears voices in his head. Travis snorts cocaine. Teagan thinks she’s the next Lady Gaga. Avery has the boss from Hell and a mother with dementia. And Goose thinks he can catch a serial killer.
‘Chaos is Come Again’ is a psychological suspense, a mystery, and a love story – loaded with irreverent humour, and viewed through the lens of obsession.

The Passage of Desire

Can one summer change everything? 
"I don’t think I’ve ever known what it means, to really let myself love somebody."
Such is Alexandra’s shocking confession to her friend Juliet when they meet up after a long separation. Both are now in their thirties, wives and mothers. Alexandra, suffering from depression, arrives to spend a holiday in the warm family atmosphere of Juliet’s home on the Yorkshire moors, along with her 7-year-old daughter, Caroline. As best friends at school, the two women used to share everything: secrets, passions, aspirations.

Will it still be the same?

Biarritz Passion

A free holiday in a luxury villa? On the romantic French Basque coast? No thanks.
It’s an offer that’s just too good to be true, especially when it comes from your sister. Your baby sister Annabel, beautiful, charming and utterly manipulative.
The last thing Caroline MacDonald needs right now is to be a pawn in one of Annabel’s devious schemes. With her self-confidence in tatters after a disastrous love affair, Caroline is struggling to take back control of her life.
But then she meets the man behind the invitation, Edward Rayburn. He’s rich, he’s classy and he is sizzlingly sexy. From the erotic shock of their first encounter, Caroline’s life changes, gathering speed and plunging her into a world where everything is different and full of possibilities.

Hot Basque

Three women, three passions. 
It’s summer once again in Biarritz and Caroline is trying out her matchmaking skills. She’s invited best friend Jill to come for a holiday and meet a certain man she has in mind. Caroline and Edward found true love in the Villa’s magical setting one year ago, so who knows what might happen when Jill O’Toole meets Antoine Arantxa?
The table is set, the candles are lit, the guests arrive. Two seconds is all it takes. Stand back for the instant sizzle, the red-hot flambé, the spicy chilli samba! Our man is a sexy Basque, as hot as the famous local peppers, while Jill, with her red Irish hair and voluptuous curves, is no shrinking violet. Plus her hormones haven’t had a night out for six months.
As playtime starts at the Villa, there’s fun in store and not a cloud on the horizon. Best of all, scheming sister Annabel is now living in Germany. No way she can cause trouble this year - or can she?

Biarritz - Villa Julia

In this roller-coaster finale to the French Summer Novels, the characters come together to share joy and heartbreak, hope and despair, as unforeseen events and long-hidden secrets test the bonds that unite them. Holding it all together is the unshakeable friendship of three women. 
It’s August in Biarritz. Villa Julia is humming as Caroline and Edward prepare a big family event–a magnificent birthday party for the Etcheverria twins, Julia and Anouk. Making the sumptuous cake is famous pastry chef, Pete, Claudie’s new beau. But heading for Biarritz and a big birthday surprise is heat-seeking matriarchal missile, Hibiscus Plant, Pete’s mother… 
In Edinburgh, Jill has decided to take a chance on romance and give up everything in the name of l’amour. 
In Wiltshire, a chastened, damaged Annabel is learning to heal through counselling sessions with the enigmatic Dr Novak. But how much has she really changed? 
And unknown to any of them, in a small northern village a woman is dying, leaving her son to confront bittersweet memories and a life-changing discovery...

The Valley Walker

Special Investigator Teri Altro is a hard-driving member of the Drug Interdiction Task Force. She is cold and aloof, with no room in her life for personal entanglements. No one is allowed to get close to her.
When Altro first notices a man staring at her, he doesn't seem like anything special... just some guy in the drugstore. But when three men walk in the door to assassinate her, he kills them all with fluid ease. The confrontation is so eerily violent that it leaves Altro wondering just who... or what... the man is.

Five-Toed Tigress

The Five-Toed Tigress stalks the night, gliding effortlessly through the canopied forests of Cambodia.
She is on patrol, her mission to protect the downtrodden from the power of the greedy. Her movements are so fluid and graceful that her prowl is a thing of beauty, a dance to the music of life and death.
The Tigress is a solitary hunter, and she dances alone on her mission. She gives herself wholeheartedly to her dance, but desires a dancing partner – a mate.