Ray Banks

Ray Banks

Ray Banks' first novel, The Big Blind, was published in America in 2004, but his first UK success came with Saturday's Child, published by Polygon in 2006. Saturday's Child introduces the character of PI Callum Innes, who returns in the short story Donkey Work and Banks' third novel, Donkey Punch.

Ray Banks currently works in retail, but has been a wedding singer, a salesman, and a croupier (work which influenced The Big Blind). His short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, as well as articles for crime writing websites such as Allan Guthrie's Noir Originals.

Banks currently lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his wife Anastasia. His most recent book is California.

  • Cover scan of Beast Of Burden
    Beast Of Burden
    Ray Banks - Paperback - Polygon
    Written by one of Britain's rising stars, this is a tale of ruthless cops, tainted detectives and race riots in Manchester.
  • Cover scan of California
    California
    Ray Banks - Paperback - Crime Express
    Shuggie Boyle is a changed man. Which is why after serving four years for armed robbery, he's skipped his licence & jacked a pensioner's car. He's heading back to his ex-girlfriend's house to retrieve the stash from the robbery. Happiness is only a few grand & a few thousand miles away - from California (in Falkirk) to California (in America).
  • Cover scan of Donkey Punch
    Donkey Punch
    Ray Banks - Paperback - Polygon
    Cal Innes is fresh out of Strangeways, playing PI and running from a past muddied with ties to local gang lord 'Uncle' Morris Tiernan. Tiernan sends him to LA to chaperone an amateur boxer and Cal finds himself embroiled in fight rigging.
  • Cover scan of Gun
    Gun
    Ray Banks - Paperback - Crime Express
    Richie, a man fresh out on licence and desperate for money to support his new family, agrees to pick up a converted air pistol for local drug dealer Goose. When Richie is beaten up and robbed, he's forced to retrieve the gun, as well as question his career choice.
  • Cover scan of No More Heroes
    No More Heroes
    Ray Banks - Paperback - Polygon
    It's Manchester's hottest summer on record and while Callum Innes evicts families on behalf of local slumlord Donald Plummer, the English National Socialists stir up racial tensions to breaking point.
  • Cover scan of Saturday's Child
    Saturday's Child
    Ray Banks - Paperback - Polygon
    Cal Innes is fresh out of Strangeways, playing PI and running from a past muddied with ties to local gang lord 'Uncle' Morris Tiernan. When Tiernan tells him to track down a rogue casino dealer who's absconded with a hefty chunk of cash, Innes is thrust into a cat-and-mouse game with Tiernan's psychotic son.

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