Before establishing himself as a crime writer, Ray Banks tried university then a number of different careers, including stints as a wedding singer, a double-glazing salesman, an office temp and a croupier. This particular job came to an abrupt end when the casino was ram-raided one night and Ray decided it just wasn’t worth the personal risk for the sake of other people’s money. His first novel, THE BIG BLIND (PointBlank Press, 2004) draws on this croupier experience. It was originally intended to be a literary novel, but its impact on the crime-fiction world has been significant.
His second novel, SATURDAY'S CHILD (Polygon, 2006), introduced wayward private investigator Cal Innes, who