Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: MATADOR by Ray Banks

MatadorWhat originated through a haze of distorted reality and complete disorientation eventuated in a blood thirsty quest for vengeance which culminates in a maze of hellfire viewed through a blanket of smoke tinged with speckled blood. For bullfighter, Raf, rising from the dead (almost), memory is inconsistent, time is fragmented by moments of pain and utter confusion. The target of a hit by a mob of ruthless gangsters for apparently being in liege with the lawful and lawless, Raf finds himself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse - and rabbits, without knowing the reasons.

Riddled with bullet holes and almost succumbing to a series of life threatening injuries, Raf slowly learns of his friends, enemies, and crimes. However, the lines are not quite as definable as he first thought.

Ray Banks further showcases his storytelling ability by writing a novel that’s detailed, well researched, and far removed from his previous works (in occupation at least) while still maintaining the gritty and raw sense of determined violence I’ve come to expect from him.

MATADOR is a gem of a noir that’s got a Quentin Tarantino film adaptation written all over it. Highly recommend.    

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