Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

eBook - 2007
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Perseus Publishing
The second novel in Ray Banks's highly acclaimed Cal Innes series.

With the barbed-wire leash of parole behind him and his PI business an unpleasant memory, Cal Innes is looking forward to continuing his job as caretaker at Paulo's Lads' Club. But prodigal amateur boxer, Liam, needs someone to go with him to his first major tournament in Los Angeles. That someone is Cal. Cal's babysitting job swiftly turns into something more sinister, as rumours of a rigged competition fly around. As his codeine habit and Liam's temper grow out of control, the City of Angels doesn't seem quite so heavenly.


"Ray Banks writes with harshness, humour and elegance, and his punchy dialogue teems with vigorous authenticity." ? The Times

"Tough and assured . . . Banks is updating the noir novel with an utterly original sensibility."
- Publisher's Weekly

"Bleakly, desperately funny, Ray Banks offers us a glimpse of what Samuel Beckett might have read like had he turned his hand to crime fiction."
- Crime Always Pays

"'Saturday's Child' is a knock-out, written with the kind of energy and passion that far too few writers can muster. Fresh and fierce, it raises the bar for hardboiled fiction on both sides of the Atlantic."
- New York Times Bestseller Laura Lippman, author of What The Dead Know

"'Saturday's Child' is fascinating, fresh and darkly funny. It will be an exotic entertainment for American readers of hard-boiled detective fiction."
- Thomas Perry, author of Nightlife

"Banks wields language with a knifefighter's precision, with much the same result. From the first words to the last, this book flashes brilliantly."
- Don Winslow, The Power Of The Dog and The Winter of Frankie Machine.

"Banks is part of the post-Rankin generation for whom hardboiled is not just a state of mind but a reality. Tough-guy colloquial prose and a pace fast enough to skin a rabbit, at the service of a tale of down-and-dirty realism: this is fiery stuff."
- Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian

"The writing's so urgent, so brutal, and just so obscenely real that it creates a whole new kind of 'dark' for a genre that's become a trifle stagnated in recent years. Hence this is a book anyone who's fallen out of love with the genre in these recent times, where the old quality has been severely lacking, simply needs to read."
- Chris Pickering, Bookmunch

"...terrific, brooding and chilling prose"
-Tom Adair, The Scotsman

"...a fine example of energetic, visceral and compelling storytelling... This is properly thrilling stuff."
- The Big Issue In Scotland

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007
ISBN: 9781908688330
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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