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Saturday's Child

by Ray Banks

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i rarely stop reading a book. Probably a bad practice. But I quit this one. Couldn't find any redeeming value anywhere.
  rwt42 | Oct 5, 2013 |
Oddly enough, I had picked up this book by accident, thinking it was Iain Banks' work (sci-fi). Turns out I couldn't really have been farther from the mark, but... it was a good mistake to make. I've been looking for this kind of protagonist for awhile (ever since I ran out of Jack Reacher or Matt Scudder books to read).

This one reads a lot like the Scudder books, actually, not so much like the Reacher ones since there is a bit less justice-by-toe-of-boot than there would have to be to compete with Reacher. The protagonist is trying to solve a mystery while fighting his past, and his alcohol use, and the bad guys in his way.

All in all it is a pleasant little violent book with a mostly satisfying ending and a protagonist that I will follow into his future escapades. It does have a British setting which means some of the things they say sound odd to a North American ear, but you can get the gist of what they mean. Specifically, one of the bad(der) guys speaks of himself in the plural - us - which might make a North American think he's a little nuts, when, actually, this is not really that uncommon an activity in certain regions and is a sign of upbringing more than a sign of insanity. ( )
  crazybatcow | Jul 10, 2013 |
Great book - described as a crime thriller but that doesn't do it justice. Read it the same day and it's a long time since i've done that. Base on an ex prisoner's investigations for an underworold boss. Based in Manchester,England. ( )
  andymoore | Nov 9, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151013225, Hardcover)

Cal Innes is fresh out of prison and ducking a past muddied with ties to local gang lord "Uncle" Morris Tiernan. But when Tiernan finds out Innes is working as an unlicensed PI and calls in a favor Innes doesn’t owe, Innes is thrust into a cat-and-mouse game with Tiernan’s psychotic son, Mo. Ordered to track down a rogue casino dealer who’s absconded with a hefty chunk of cash, Innes finds that the case points north to Newcastle. With Tiernan’s son on his tail and a Manchester cop determined to put Innes back in jail, Saturday’s child has to work hard to keep living.

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It's criminal up north. 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. Finding the thief proves potentially fatal as the case points north to Newcastle and the sordid truth threatens to put blood on his hands. With Tiernan's son on his tail, and a Manchester cop determined to put Innes back on the spurs. "Saturday's child" definitely has to work hard to keep living.… (more)

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