Sean Farrell - thief, petrol smuggler and all-round scoundrel - just got shafted by the love of his life. Nora ran off with twenty grand, a gram of coke, and his favourite leather jacket, leaving him with little more than a hangover and a Dido soundtrack.But Nora's sights are on the two hundred grand Farrell supposedly stashed somewhere in the middle of Northumberland, and she's enlisted the help of her old boyfriend, a former hit man, to retrieve it.Farrell hooks up with an old Army mate, the shoplifting, rotgut-swilling arsonist Jimmy Cobb, and sets off after them. When this pair catch up with Nora and her ex, there's going to be hell to pay... 'cause nobody messes with Farrell and Cobb.Wolf Tickets is hardcore Ray Banks - ballsy, breathless and brutal. "From what I've learned of the backstory of the life of this novel, it's a bit of a wonder that I ever got to read it at all. And it would have been a crying shame of a brutal crime if I hadn't, because I do like a bit of crime fiction once in a while, and when I do, I like it to be spectacular. Wolf Tickets is spectacular." - Kate Of Mind"Wolf Tickets is the novel where Ray Banks delivers the most straight-up hard-boiled thrills per page than in anything he's written to date." - Spinetingler Magazine"Ray Banks has a way with words and seems to capture a real humanist feel to this violence-laden plot. The comedic undertones accentuate the dual character leads' persona and penchant for easy violence. As much as I enjoy a dark crime novel, a laugh here and there really balances things out; Ray Banks is one of the best in the business." - Just A Guy That Likes To Read"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"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 Savages"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." - The Guardian"...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 Ray Banks is the author of nine novels, including Angels of the North, Inside Straight and Saturday's Child.
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|Title: Wolf Tickets|
Author(s): Ray Banks
Publisher: Blasted Heath
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