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by Ray Banks

  • ISBN: 1846970989
  • Author: Ray Banks
  • ePub ver: 1568 kb
  • Fb2 ver: 1568 kb
  • Rating: 4.3 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; First Paperback Edition edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Formats: lit doc mobi txt
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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To Anastasia, I'll lose everything, but I won't let go of your hand. Published by Blasted Heath, 2012. First published by Polygon, an imprint of Birlinn, 2009.

To Anastasia, I'll lose everything, but I won't let go of your hand. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission of the author.

Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. I can't think of another book that so clearly reveals the real relationships between lawdogs and outlaws than Beast of Burden does. Understands both criminals and cops and understands them perfectly.

He was dead, and there was bugger all I could do about it right then because I was stuck talking to our DCI. He hadn't said much, but I could feel a volley of shite coming my way any moment. bothered learning the bastard's name, because the way things were run around here - the words piss-up and brewery came to mind - he wouldn't be in the job come next Christmas, so it didn't matter. Besides, you only needed to look at him to know how he got the DCI position. It wasn't because he was a good copper.

Ray Banks has been a double-glazing salesman, a croupier, a dole monkey, and a disgruntled temp. The author of The Big Blind, Saturday's Child, Sucker Punch, and No More Heroes, he was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and now lives in Edinburgh.

On The Book Beat"Ray Banks writes with harshness, humour and elegance, and his punchy dialogue teems with vigorous authenticity. The Times"Banks is one of the freshest voices in hard-boiled crime fiction today. Library Journal"Banks 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 the real tough stuff.

Beast of Burden book. If you're looking for a hard-boiled detective noir with roguish dialect, Beast of Burden by Ray Banks is a great choice. It's got chain-smoking, cuss-using offenders and questionable coppers tripping over each other in an effort to find out who killed a king pin's son. Some try harder than others, but all have their reasons for injecting themselves into the investigation.

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Beasts of Burden is a comic book series created by writer Evan Dorkin and artist Jill Thompson, and published by American company Dark Horse Comics

Beasts of Burden is a comic book series created by writer Evan Dorkin and artist Jill Thompson, and published by American company Dark Horse Comics. The title centers on an eponymous team of intelligent animals that investigate different paranormal events that occur in their small neighborhood of Burden Hill. The initial group consists of five dogs and a cat. They are often seen consulting with "Wise Dogs," local shamanic elders of their community.

Banks (Saturday’s Child, 2006, et. does neo-noir with the best of them . does neo-noir with the best of them, but his dark side tends toward the dark and dreary. Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 2011.

Book in the Cal Innes Series).

The biggest race riot in Manchester's history and his brother's death have left PI Callum Innes a physical and emotional wreck. He's about to leave his newly established agency to partner Frank Collier when the word comes through that his erstwhile nemesis Mo Tiernan has gone missing. Innes is the only one Mo's ganglord father trusts to investigate, but he's not the only one working the case - Detective Sergeant 'Donkey' Donkin has a vested interest in both the Tiernans and Innes, and he'd sacrifice his career to see them both behind bars. After all, he has a score to settle...And he's not the only one.
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You should know before reading this that I'm a writer and I was also a criminal and spent time in prison. I bring a different perspective to bear because of that, perhaps.

Wow. A world like the one I existed in when I was in my salad criminal days and which I'm pretty sure still exists intact. Where the cops have no morals and the outlaws do. I frickin' loved this novel! And, I loved/hated the ending! I won't spoil it here, but man! All I'll say is that it fits perfectly Flannery O'Connor's definition of a perfect ending--that it completely surprise and come clear out of left field, but that upon reflection it be the only possible ending. (That's badly paraphrased, but I hope you get what I mean.)

Banks is just one of the best writers writing today. Period. I can't think of another book that so clearly reveals the real relationships between lawdogs and outlaws than Beast of Burden does. Banks understands. Understands both criminals and cops and understands them perfectly. Never have I read an account of this world that is this true.

This isn't so much a review than it is a collection of scattered thoughts. For instance, I identified immediately with Cal Innes. He's a character not only unlike any I've ever encountered in fiction--he's also a character I related to with a kind of weird reason. Not only is he a criminal like I was for a long time, but he's also suffered a stroke. That was eerie as I suffered a series of ten mini-strokes (TIAs) a couple of years ago. Not only that, but like myself, he keeps on smoking. I couldn't tear my eyes away from him during the entire novel. Who writes characters like this? No one but Ray Banks could and carry it off. This just felt like my story, not simply because of the physical condition of Innes, but more in the way he sees the world and his place in it. And the cop, Donkin (the Donkey, as he's called derisively, by his enemies on both sides of the law and there are many), is like the best cops I've ever known. He's driven by his own terrible moral code which is much the same as is his chief foe, Innes. For those of us who've been career criminals, there is always a nemesis like Donkin. A guy you hate and a guy you love, but above all, a guy you respect. He's no pussy.

Above all, this is a moral novel. Not in the traditional Judeo-Christian sense (although that's part of it), but in the same sense as Borges' novels are. Or Camus' or any of the best existential writers. In other words, this is as far from Disney as one can get. I feel very inadequate to describe this novel accurately and all I can say is this: You've got to read it. It's a clash of titans and it's one of those few books that has already become a part of me and one that I'll always remember. It was overwhelming.

I'm so thankful for intelligent writers and intelligent books!
First, this is not a casual lets-take-it-to-the-beach book. I'm not even sure it's bedside reading but it's eminently readable.

Cal Innes has not had the best of lives and, as the story starts, he's not in a position to see much improvement. Freshly sprung from prison he has to construct a life based on his past which hardly provides solid material. Author Banks is careful to give us all sides of the story about him from quite divergent viewpoints none of which add up to the golden haired boy as hero. Set in the grit of the English Midlands, he's a type well known and recognized there, the con not quite bad but one of which to be wary. The exteriors and interiors are palpable really to the point of making one want to open a window to smell fresh air. This is particularly true when he establishes himself as a private investigator using a gym as his "office".

It's a tightly woven story that may seem confusing but the events are on the level even if the people aren't. The language may or may not distract you but if a lava flow of profanity will offend, back off. Also, the dialect may puzzle American readers. It's graphic to the point that at moments, if you're a man, you may feel your testicles in your throat. You come to sympathize with Cal if not empathize with him.

For a certain kind of reader-one, for example, who loved, not liked "Fight Club" this is your meat, red, rare and, in it's own way chewable. While you cannot put it down, you may find yourself averting your eyes as you turn the page.

It fits the fantasy life many of us might like to imagine from the safety of the printed page but makes you want to side with Cal, fight with Cal, be perplexed with Cal.. but always from a distance. Good writing, good read.
I happen to be a huge fan of film noir, where tough guys who never got any breaks exist just on the edge, balancing what's right and what's legal with what makes them a living. Some of my favorite movies are films like Maltese Falcon, where Bogart plays a tough guy. Books by Raymond Chandler, or my new favorite, Ian Rankin's detective Rebus, who can't stand himself, and neither can anyone else. These gritty, down on their luck guys who want only to be accepted or to succeed, in a world that seems stacked against them, make for great stories.

With Detective Rebus, Rankin has a great anti-hero who is complex and dark. Rankin also uses the Scottish character and the setting of Edinburgh as a vibrant part of the story, almost a character in itself. Banks places his character, Cal Innes, even further down the food chain. Brother to a junkie, Cal spent time in prison and had a stroke, losing some of his ability to talk and to walk. Cal carries on a private investigation business skirting just around the law, and around the criminal elements in Manchester. Banks doesn't capitalize on Manchester and the setting nearly as much as Rankin does, but he does use local slang that forces the reader to accept the people and the culture of a down on its luck manufacturing town where there seem to be few positive options.

Innes faces off with perhaps the worst kind of cop - a dirty cop with a high opinion of himself, willing to break any rule or law to get his way. "Donkey" Donkin plays poorly with others in his station, the other police are accustomed to workshop language, polite manners and coddling criminals, while Donkin sees opportunity to run the station and the town. Innes and Donkin lock horns in ways that you can't anticipate at first, and Innes does Donkin's job far better than Donkin does.

I'm reviewing Beast of Burden without having read the prior novels in the sequence. It's not too much to say that Beast of Burden is a culmination of a story line that has a predictable yet poignant ending. I look forward to going back and reading all of Bank's series with Innes as the lead. There's always room for another dark, conflicted lead character in a pulp fiction on my bookshelf.

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