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Critically acclaimed author Ranj Dhaliwal's best-selling novel Daaku, the
first work of fiction to tackle the issue of Indo-Canadian gangs in British
Columbia, is widely praised for its unique insights into the gangster
A story of a young man, Ruby Pandher, making his way up the gangster corporate ladder in the 1990's when the infamous Indo-Canadian gang war was being fought in the streets of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Doing business with drug lords, terrorists, gangsters and bikers - all while trying to stay out of prison - Ruby is becoming a ruthless daaku (Punjabi for outlaw). The glamour of the gangster lifestyle draws him deep in the underworld where his own chance of survival depends on the cutthroat decisions he makes.
The story is a fast-paced bullet-riddled rise and fall of a gangster. Daaku gives a grimly peek into the gangster underworld filled with cold-blooded murder and deception.
"The story focuses on the fast-paced action - who does what when and what happens because of it - that makes for an engrossing crime novel." -The Now Newspaper
"Edgy...a grimly realistic portrait of the West Coast gangster life and the flash-and-burn trajectory of those drawn to it." -Vancouver Review
"Like Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's 1990 gangster film, Goodfellas, Ruby is seduced at a young age by the glamour of being a bad boy." -Quill and Quire
"Daaku is a scary peek into a subculture about which we know nothing, a tour of Vancouver suburbs as alien as Mars, and Dhaliwal makes it as believable as your own back yard." -The Globe and Mail
"Ranj Dhaliwal has turned a passion for the written word into a creative masterpiece." -The Ubyssey
"This is an excellent novel about Indo-Canadian gangs." -The Globe and Mail
"This social structure is dizzying and complex, yet Dhaliwal manages to juggle it plausibly and consistently." -Literary Review of Canada