Created by Ray Banks
STRAIGHT FROM THE AUTHOR'S MOUTH
If you like self-destructive, cynical P.I.s who just don't seem to give much of a shit anymore, with a British twist and a Scottish burr, you could do far worse than Ray Banks' CAL INNES, who hails from Manchester and appeared in several short stories and four novels. Here, his creator dishes up the dirt:
Ray Banks has been a student, a salesman, a croupier, and varying degrees of disgruntled office monkey. He was born in Kirkcaldy, but subsequently dragged from the frozen wastes to the north of England, where he discovered that it was just as cold as where he'd been born. Schooled and bullied, he sought solace in crap teenage poetry and horror novels. His first novel, a standalone entitled The Big Blind was published in 2004. The first novel to feature Cal Innes, Saturday's Child, appeared in 2006, followed by Donkey Punch (2007), No More Heroes (2008) and Beast of Burden (2009), as well as several short stories. The four novels together make for one ripping read; one of the best story arcs in P.I. fiction of the new millenium.
Meanwhile he works as a sales support and business development assistant. Which means just as much to you as it does to him.
-- Cal Innes, last of the happy campers
-- Publisher's Weekly
-- Maxim Jakubowski, on Saturday's Child
-- Kevin Burton Smith, from The Thrilling Detective Blog
-- Publisher's Weekly on Beast of Burden
-- Kevin Burton Smith
Collects all nine short stories featuring Banks' trouble-bound minder, plus an intro by the editor of this site.
All your questions answered at one snappy address.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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