Daaku: The Gangster's Life by Ranj DhaliwalDaaku: The Gangster's Life by Ranj Dhaliwal

Daaku: The Gangster's Life

byRanj Dhaliwal

Paperback | October 15, 2011

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Daaku: The Gangster's Life picks up the story of Indo-Canadian gangster Ruby Pandher, the hero of Ranj Dhaliwal's bestseller Daaku, as he recovers from a failed hit by his own associates. Violence, wild partying and flashy purchases mark Ruby's comeback. Ruby's eyes and perspective are widened by the new contacts he makes, as he tries to measure up to ?? and then sideline ?? big?time gangster Khalsi. Joining forces with a sinister associate and sounding very much like the modern businessman, he sets out to expand his criminal enterprises ?? all while battling his conscious and wondering what a life outside the underworld would be like. Soon he comes to see his old self as minor?league, and, joining forces with the sinister Darshan and sounding very much like the modern businessman, he sets out to expand his criminal enterprises. Meanwhile, life intervenes in the form of the possibility of love for this hardcore gangster; and in Ruby's brother Kam, who worships his bro' and wants to follow in his footsteps --- something Ruby knows he's not equipped to do. Meanwhile, Ruby's activities pull him deeper into the violent side of the world of Sikh temple politics. Will Ruby's heart open, or is the flashy lifestyle too much to tear away from? Can he stop Kam from following in his own footsteps? Most of all, can Ruby break the cycle and leave behind "The Life"? Here's what critics said about Daaku: "A fascinating look into the gang world's twisted morality, casual murder, commodification of women, and the inevitability of violent demise." --- Quill & Quire "A haunting parable about unfulfilled potential and lives wrongly lived. .. . an edgy, politically incorrect novel about South Asian youth and their vulnerability to organized crime, an issue treated far too simplistically by the mainstream media. Dhaliwal .. . has painted a grimly realistic portrait of the West Coast gangster life and the flash-and-burn trajectory of all those drawn into it." --- The Tyee (www.thetyee.ca) "An excellent novel about Indo-Canadian gangs. .. . A scary peek into a subculture about which we know nothing, a tour of Vancouver suburbs as alien as Mars, and Dhaliwal makes as believable as your own back yard." --- Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail
Ranj Dhaliwal has been warning youth against the dangers of crime and gang life since shortly after his own teen years, and wrote Daaku (2006), which was widely praised for its unique insights into the Indo-Canadian gang culture. Ranj continues to speak on youth gangs and violence and is active in community politics in Surrey, where h...
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Title:Daaku: The Gangster's LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:NEW STAR BOOKSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554200598

ISBN - 13:9781554200597

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted! Page turner! I recently finished reading Daaku: The Gangster's Life after waiting almost 4 years for it's release. I read Daaku and was left wanting more. Daaku leaves readers wondering if gang members can get out and the sequel to the first goes deep into why and how a gang member could get out of a gang. The way the main character Ruby tries to get out of the gang seems so real. It almost makes a person believe there is no way out with the amount a gang member would have to do to leave a gang. I'm impressed at how this book kept me reading and wanting to keep flipping the pages. I absolutely LOVE the romance in the book because it wasn't was I thought it would be. I highly recommend both of Ranj Dhaliwal's books to anyone looking for an addicting page turner collection! To say the least, I'm addicted to Dhaliwal's books and need more. I can't wait for the number 3 in the Daaku series.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait! I didn't know the author would be writing a second novel after daaku. Eager to see what Ruby is upto now. Excited!
Date published: 2011-08-05