Posts Tagged ‘ Ray Banks ’

Inside Straight by Ray Banks – review

March 15, 2013
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Inside Straight by Ray Banks – review

Inside Straight, the latest offering from personal favorite Ray Banks, is the story of (self-described) world-class casino pit boss Graham Ellis.  Our Graham has been transferred from the ritzy Palace to the far less glamorous Riverside in Salford and he sure as shit ain’t happy about it.  The gig’s beneath his skill level and...

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Wolf Tickets by Ray Banks – review

February 27, 2012
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Wolf Tickets by Ray Banks – review

Wolf Tickets is Ray Banks’ “fuck yeah!” book, the novel where he delivers the most straight-up hard-boiled thrills per page than in anything he’s written to date.  It follows two ex-army hard men, Farrell and Cobb, as they track down Farrell’s girlfriend who took twenty grand off him and ran off with her evil...

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Dead Money by Ray Banks – review

November 25, 2011
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Dead Money by Ray Banks – review

Ray Banks’ Dead Money is told from the perspective of Alan Slater, a Manchester double-glazing salesman with a wife, mistress, problems of both the gambling and drinking varieties, and an absolute shit-heel for a best friend in Les Beale.  Compared to the ex-cons that lead his other novels and novellas, Slater might at first...

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Anthony Neil Smith VS. Ray Banks: Two Blasted Heathens face off

November 2, 2011
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Anthony Neil Smith VS. Ray Banks: Two Blasted Heathens face off

BANKS VS. SMITH: TWO BLASTED IDIOTS HEATHENS HAVE A GO Anthony Neil Smith: Why the hell did you trash Drive so badly? What did Refn ever do to you? And give us the real answer, not the shit on your Monkey blog. Ray Banks: I didn’t trash it, I just didn’t...

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Gun by Ray Banks – review

June 17, 2011
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Gun by Ray Banks – review

Ray Banks’ Gun takes place over a particularly dark day for Richie, a young ex-con hired by local hard man Goose to pick up a gun.  It’s a shit job, bitch work even, but he’s newly back on the street and he’s got to start somewhere.  And yeah, it’s annoying that Goose doesn’t remember...

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Beast of Burden by Ray Banks – review

March 11, 2011
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Beast of Burden by Ray Banks – review

The Last Anti-Hero By the time I finish this sentence, a new fictional detective will be born. Odds are, he’ll be a middle-aged male with a deep love of jazz and a taste for single-malt scotch who doesn’t play by society’s rules. He’ll have a gruff exterior that conceals a heart of gold, a...

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California by Ray Banks – review

February 18, 2011
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California by Ray Banks – review

I fucking love what Ray Banks does.  The guy’s prose is tough, his characters tragically human, his worldview grim yet recognizable, and his stories manage to eat at your soul while still taking the time to give you a few well-earned, boozy laughs.  But what I admire most about Banks’ work is a bit harder to describe...

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No More Heroes by Ray Banks – review

April 19, 2010
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No More Heroes by Ray Banks – review

The Cal Innes series is hands-down my favorite take on the private eye genre.  That’s the long and the fucking short of it, dear reader.  The third in a quartet of novels following Innes, No More Heroes proves yet again that Ray Banks is the most daring stylist in the PI game today. No More Heroes...

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