Brit Grit Alley features news and updates on what's happening down British crime fiction's booze and blood soaked alleyways.
This week down Brit Grit Alley, I take a look at:
The Call Inness Quartet by Ray Banks.
Ray Banks is one of my favourite British writers and I was first introduced to his work via the Call Inness quartet. Never read em? Well here’s what you’re missing out on.
Saturday’s Child - Cal Inness is fresh out of the slammer when he’s hired by gangster Morris Tiernan to track down a casino dealer who has done a runner with a wad of cash. Innes is a compelling, realistic anti-hero and Saturday's Child is a cracking blend of social realism and character driven crime fiction.
Donkey Punch - Banks brilliantly follows up Saturday's Child with an even more hard-hitting tale which drags the increasingly self-destructive Cal Inness across the Atlantic to Los Angeles, where he has to take care of a troubled, up-and -coming boxing star.
No More Heroes - As PI Cal Inness' personal life spirals further out of control, racial tensions and violence escalate during Manchester's hottest summer. Banks takes the two gritty crime novels that started this series to a new, intense level. This one goes up to eleven.
Beast Of Burden - Banks goes where most other crime writers fear to even contemplate in this powerful conclusion to his series. Inness is a physical and emotional wreck when he is hired to find Mo Tirenan, who has gone missing. Dirty realism taken to its harrowing, brilliant extreme.
All in all, a fantastic, short, sharp crime fiction series.
Find out more about Ray Banks and his books here.
There'll be more carrryings on down Brit Grit Alley next week.