Daaku by Ranj DhaliwalDaaku by Ranj Dhaliwal


byRanj Dhaliwal

Paperback | October 23, 2006

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In the violent and ruthless world of Indo-Canadian gangs, Ruby Pandher is on his way up. A self-described daaku (Punjabi for outlaw), Ruby learns young that might, in the form of his drunken father's fists, is right, and that money is easier to steal than earn. Ruby's small-time scams reveal a knack for leadership and after his first stint in youth detention, the big-timers start to notice his potential. Soon, Ruby is doing collections for Indo-Canadian drug dealers. Now "known to police," Ruby is drawn into a gang war just as he's trying to beat the rap on weapons charges and theft -- while simultaneously organizing a jailhouse smuggling ring. On the cusp of adulthood, and surrounded by Punjabi terrorists, bikers and Indo-Canadian gangsters, Ruby is drawn like a moth to the glamour of power, money, and drugs. A story of betrayal, cold-blooded murder and the rise and eventual fall of one gangster, Daaku is a bullet-riddled grand tour of Indo-Canadian gangland.
Ranj Dhaliwal was raised in Surrey, British Columbia. While growing up he was exposed to the Indo-Canadian underworld and learned much about "the Game". "When I see Ruby," says the author, "I see a bit of myself."
Title:DaakuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 23, 2006Publisher:NEW STAR BOOKSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155420027X

ISBN - 13:9781554200276


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! I was turned on to this book a few years ago by a friend and once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. The story grabs the writer from page 1 and continues to grip the writer with the fast paced action and intriguing story line. I'm glad this book was written because it gives insight into how a young kid becomes a gang member. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a gripping story that will leave you wishing you read it slower because the end comes too soon and makes the reader want more.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars! Now my favorite book. My sister mentioned that her university class was considering using this novel and I picked up a copy from Chapters. I was glued to it from the first page. Never mind the first page, I was glued from cover to cover. I want to pick up another novel from this writer. Amazing story/amazing dialogue/amazing characters/amazing ending. This novel is AMAZING! I'm going to be reading it again this weekend.
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from crazyyyyyyyyyy book! craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazyyyyyyyyyy book!
Date published: 2008-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I loved it! Daaku is going to be hard to compete with for anyone that writes a book on Canadian gangs. I've searched online and found no reference to Daaku 2. Where did you get this information. I'll be first in line to get Daaku 2. Dhaliwal doesn't look the same anymore on the website. www.ranjdhaliwal.com Any idea when he changed his appearance? Read Daaku 3 times going on 4. Can't wait for Daaku 2 or what ever else Dhaliwal writes.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maserpiece! Upon reading reviews of Daaku, particularly from my copy of the Literary Review of Canada, I went against my better judgement and purchased a novel from an up and coming author (the LRC reviews literary works and the review was positive). I hadn’t a clue as to the writing style this young man had and once I started reading I realized this wasn’t a “tempt your literary senses” type of novel. The difficulty I faced was putting the novel away once underway. It is truly a spellbinding story from page one. I enjoy writing reviews on my blog about novels I have completed and was about to when a chum suggested I let other readers that acquire novels from Chapters know about my escapade with this particular piece. I have read the reviews posted by others and I concur that the author Ranj Dhaliwal is a remarkable storyteller. I have read many a novels and there is always something lacking, which this novel doesn’t: storytelling. In my day, we would share stories and listen to stories on the radio. Much of that has gone astray since this new age finds novels appreciated if they sound like textbooks. I do, however, enjoy the literary style, as an educated man, but this break from that sometimes dreary school taught writing was most enjoyable. A chum has notified me that there will be a sequel to this novel and I do look forward to seeing what this author can do to continue this story. This novel plays out like a theatrical movie rather than a reading of words. I do wish the tale was a good deal longer as it was too effortless of a read and had me yearning for more. To place the fault on an author for grammar or punctuation is absurd because storytellers merely pen the story and editors clean them up for our reading delight. I am of the feeling that this publisher kept the novel uncomplicated to target a younger audience (and the old in my case). Congratulations to the author of Daaku for writing his first masterpiece. I look forward to more works from Ranj Dhaliwal, and hopefully the sequel that is being talked about.
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daaku This is the best book I've ever read to this day. I have to disagree with the review that this book is a slow reading. The writing keeps the reader interested in the stories as narrated. I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in IndoCanadian gang violence or crime fiction. This book has been compared to Goodfellas, Scarface and Godfather. The author's story telling ability has been compared to John Grisham's, if not better. If you are looking for an exciting book then this is the one for you. I work in the criminal justice field and the way Ranj Dhaliwal tells the story almost brings to life what actually happens in the underworld in Canadian gangs. I'm a big John Grisham and Mario Puzo fan, and now I am a Ranj Dhaliwal fan as well. The book was written for the layman, so that younger audiences would understand the story. My son and his friends all have read this book and that's how I got a copy of it. Have you ever picked up a book that you have to use a thesaurus to read? This one spells it all out in plain english and in true-to-life gangster's tone. One amazing book!
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ho Hum This was a typical book depicting a young boy's journey into "gangsterrism". Altough it could have been a good story with a capable author, it is currently poorly written with underdeveloped characters. It is obvious that this was published due to the media attention received by the topic. The writing, even with substantial editing, was appalling. It was grammatically abhorrent. with little imagination and or/use of any literary devices. Though some may claim that this was to set the scene, there are other ways that a good writer can accomplish this without resorting to this level of illiteracy. It would be surprising if the author can actually come out with a well-written piece that is published on merit and not on sensationalism.
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! I read this book in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down when I started. The beginning is slow (but vital to understanding why Ruby becomes a gang member) and the story picks up half way through the book. After chapter 6 the book takes off like a rocket and is very suspenseful. The book brought out all sorts of emotions. I laughed, was angry, and cried. Props to the publisher for putting out a book with this much story telling talent! I will definitely pick up another title by this author.
Date published: 2007-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So-So The book touches on an important topic, which has been ongoing for over a decade in the Lower Mainland and has influenced so many youth and young adults. It allows the reader to somewhat understand the 'making' and 'ending' of an underworld gangster. However, the lack of quality writing and scattered storyline makes this book a long lasting read.
Date published: 2007-03-10