Today's spotlight book is a neo-noir crime fiction, from master of the genre Ray Banks!

It's a Kindle Serial. (Have you tried these yet? They're fun!)

"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 real tough stuff." - Kirkus

"Tough and assured ... Banks is updating the noir novel with an utterly original sensibility." - Publisher's Weekly

"The writing is the real star of the book: violent, dark, funny and always profane ... This is the cream of contemporary British noir." - Publisher's Weekly

"... terrific, brooding and chilling prose." - The Scotsman

"Banks is one of the freshest voices in hard-boiled crime fiction today." - Library Journal
Matador (Kindle Serial), by Ray Banks

This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains five episodes out of an estimated seven total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every two weeks.

He wakes up screaming, a bullet in his head and his body buried in a shallow grave. He has no memory of life before this moment, just a single clue to the past: a ticket to a bullfight crumpled in his pocket with a phone number on the back. Maybe it will unlock the answers he needs. Or maybe it will be a brutal reminder that some lives are better left forgotten. Because as his luck would have it, the ticket leads to British drug runners and their gangster bosses who don't take kindly to dead men walking around. Now they're hot on his trail, threatening the family and friends he barely remembers yet will kill to protect. If it's a fight they want, it's a fight they'll get. And this time when they murder the Matador, they'd better make sure he stays dead…

Episode List
An additional episode will be delivered every two weeks until the book is complete. New episodes will be added to the same book on your Kindle, keeping your place and retaining your notes and highlights. You'll be notified via email when a new episode has been delivered.

Episode 1: Released on November 20, 2012. 55 pages. A man wakes in a shallow grave next to a corpse to find himself shot, amnesiac and in deep trouble. Meanwhile, an expat drug runner finds out that he's not the killer he thought he was.
Episode 2: Released on December 4, 2012. 35 pages. Tony tracks down Raf and reintroduces him to his former employer and his former employment with grisly consequences.
Episode 3: Released on December 18, 2012. 48 pages. Raf reconnects with his former manager, and Tony is forced to put organisation before family as he's charged with tracking down the matador at any cost.
Episode 4: Released on December 31, 2012. 35 pages. Raf discovers the truth of his glittering torero career, and his less-than-glittering career with the Grahams, as Tony deals with a tight-lipped and belligerent Alejandro.
Episode 5: Released on January 15, 2013. 42 pages. Tony deals with the aftermath of his interrogation and questions his allegiances, as Raf's deteriorating memory forces him to take the fight back to the Graham gang.

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Meet the Author

Ray Banks shares his birthday with Curtis Mayfield and Chuck Barris and was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, the same day Roberto Rossellini kicked the bucket, and four days before The Sex Pistols went on that jaunt up the Thames. He has worked as a wedding singer, double-glazing salesman, croupier, dole monkey, and various degrees of disgruntled temp.

He currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and online at

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