Books by Ray Banks

BEAST OF BURDEN by Ray Banks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 11, 2011

"Banks (Saturday's Child, 2006, etc.) does neo-noir with the best of them, but his dark side tends toward the dark and dreary."
Cal Innes is a train wreck. True, he's always been something of an emotional wreck or at least existentially depressed, but now, not yet 30, he's had a stroke. His face is twisted, his speech slow and labored and he walks with a cane. So it's more than a little surprising to him when Morris Tiernan, that nonpareil among Manchester gang lords, wants to put him to work as a private investigator. Morris Senior wants Cal to find Morris Junior, who seems to have vanished without a trace. Why Cal? Stroke deprivations aside, the family Innes has had a problematical history with the family Tiernan, and it's no secret that Cal blames the Tiernans for much that's gone wrong with his life. As for the vanished heir, it's Cal's view, and most others' too, that Mo the malignant is best left among the missing. Still, he signs on for reasons of his own. While Cal sets about tracking Mo, he soon realizes that Detective Sergeant "Donkey" Donkin is stalking him, also for reasons of his own. Exactly what those might be, Cal can't even begin to guess. But given what a sociopathic bully Donkey is, they're almost certain to lead to the shedding of blood. Cal's blood. Read full book review >
NO MORE HEROES by Ray Banks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2010

"Though the heavy vernacular and nonstop violence aren't for everyone, Cal's third rough-and-tumble first-person caper (Sucker Punch, 2009, etc.) should keep most readers rapidly turning pages till the solid plot builds to a payoff in late innings."
A Manchester tough guy learns that no good deed goes unpunished. Read full book review >
SUCKER PUNCH by Ray Banks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 2009

"The hard-boiled parlance so sublimely tawdry in Cal's debut (Saturday's Child, 2008) seems forced here, while the jabs at American strip malls, air conditioning and fast food rarely rise above the mundane. Consider this a step on the learning curve and hope for a better follow-up."
There's trouble on both sides of the pond for Manchester ex-con Cal Innes. Read full book review >
SATURDAY’S CHILD by Ray Banks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Banks (The Big Blind, 2004) has an ear for the vernacular as sharp as, but a shade or two bluer than, that of George V. Higgins. Let the squeamish stick with Tony Soprano; this is real tough stuff."
British noir at its darkest and meanest. Read full book review >