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Wolf Tickets

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The scammer gets scammed.

Sean Farrell – thief, petrol smuggler and all-round scoundrel – just got shafted by the love of his life. Nora ran off with twenty grand, a gram of coke, and his favourite leather jacket, leaving him with little more than a hangover and a Dido soundtrack. But Nora’s sights are on the two hundred grand Farrell supposedly stashed somewhere in the mid
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Blasted Heath (first published 2010)
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Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Ray Banks has written some of the most enjoyable noirs laced with dark humor I've had the pleasure of reading and WOLF TICKETS serves up another dose of the good stuff. Sean Farrell gets taken for a ride of deceit and lies when his girlfriend Nora makes out with a nice bundle of cash, teaming up with an underworld heavy weight along the way to track down a hidden payload. Problem is, Farrell may have elaborated a wee bit about his criminal prowess with the stashed bundle more fiction than fact; ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, b

Sean Farrell - small-time thief, petrol smuggler and all-round scoundrel - just got shafted by the love of his life, Nora. She took his twenty grand, his coke and his favourite leather jacket; she left him with little more than a hangover and a Dido song to remember her by.

Now Nora's sights are set on the two hundred grand buried somewhere in the Northumberland countryside, and she's enlisted the help of the most dangerous man in Dublin to find it. Farrell hooks up with old Ar
Rory Costello
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, especially for its dialogue. Clearly an influential crime story.
Pearce Hansen
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A one two punch . . . . . . leastways, that's what the alternating first person narration of the two protagonists, Cobb & Farrell, felt like to me. It worked.

Cobb & Farrell are mates, and their hunting pair bond came through in spades for me. I couldn't put this one down, and had a lot of fun with these two psychotic idiots. There's a glee to this book, that really had me laughing when our boys messed up one douchebag or the next during their careening train wreck of a 'progress' through
Adam Howe
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was great. Like a scuzzy Brit Hap & Leonard.
Kate Sherrod
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, it's official: I love Ray Banks.

From what I've learned of the backstory of the life of this novel, it's a bit of a wonder that I ever got to read it at all. And it would have been a crying shame of a brutal crime if I hadn't, because I do like a bit of crime fiction once in a while, and when I do, I like it to be spectacular.

Wolf Tickets is spectacular. Originally drafted (from what I can put together) as a collaboration between Ray Banks and Ken Bruen and featuring alternating chapters writ
Darren Sant
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wolf Tickets is a uniquely structured book. The chapters alternate between two friends Cobb and Farrell who rampage around Newcastle seeking revenge. This is interesting as you are given two perspectives from the two main characters which switch between the short chapters. This was a little confusing at first but it didn’t spoil the enjoyment of the book for me, it served to make it more interesting. The characters in question spend most of the time together so you get two viewpoints of the acti ...more
Les Edgerton
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing

God, I love this writer! Ray Banks hits it out of the park every single time. He’s done it again, with his newest novel, WOLF TICKETS. The thing about Banks’ work is that you always save money. You never have to invest in a bookmark—it just isn’t possible to put his novels down until you finish. The only problem is you wish every one of his books were longer.

If you’re interested in how the criminal mind works, read Ray Banks. He knows.
Mi aspettavo decisamente di più...
Si legge bene per carità, ma non posso aggiungere altro.
Lo si legge come si potrebbe guardare un film di Van Damme, cioè facendo altro.
Nerine Dorman
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From time to time I make a foray into a genre I don’t ordinarily dip into, and this is one of those occasions. Wolf Tickets is a short, fast read wherein we get to know two real lowlives and, as the book’s description suggests – all-round scoundrels.

Sean Farrell is not the sort of guy you’d invite over for tea. His steel-capped boots are often put to use for their intended purpose. When his girlfriend runs off with his money and his favourite jacket, he’s pissed off and bent on getting his stuff
Dean Fetzer
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of hard-boiled crime fiction
Recommended to Dean by: Blasted Heath Publishing
Everything I read by Ray just makes me want to throw my computer out the window and give up writing. Dammit, the man can write! And Wolf Tickets is no different.

I only feel like that for a minute, as Ray’s work inspires me after that moment of doubt.

According to Ray, the phrase ‘wolf tickets’ comes from a Tom Waits interview from Playboy in the late 80’s and describes someone who’s bad news. In a sentence it’d be something like “Don’t f**k with me, I’m passing out wolf tickets.” And yes, the tw
Warren Stalley
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Sean Farrell’s girlfriend Nora robs him and leaves Ireland he calls on his old friend Jimmy Cobb to help track her down. With Nora heading for a hidden stash of cash in England and Sean desperate to stop her, this is another powerful crime piece from author Ray Banks. Full of black humour, finely tuned dialogue and a poetic Brit Grit narrative the story takes many unexpected and shocking twists before the dramatic conclusion. But it’s the love-hate relationship between Farrell and Cobb that ...more
Greg Tymn
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read a number of Ray Banks' novels and generally enjoy the environments he constructs for his readers. This novel is no exception in that regard. The descriptive prose allows one to become a part of the scene where the actions, smells and sounds swirl around you. However, I think this story was a bit thin on plot.

Another reader commented: "I've gone through a lot of Ray Banks' short stories and books and every time they get more gritty, ugly, and disturbing but still fit into a coherent wo
Benoit Lelièvre
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sean Farrell and Jimmy Cobb are probably the two best characters Ray Banks has ever written and WOLF TICKETS comes out storming like a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Unfortunately, it doesn't keep up for the whole ride and some pieces fall apart. It's still a damn good book, because Ray Banks has standards and such. What I mean is that it's badass, hardboiled to the bone and it's going in every directions a little.

This could have been burning hot, yet it turned out to be comfortably warm. It's a g
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If noir novels center around characters who have no chance at happiness and lack any socially redeeming qualities, then this is one of the most "noirish" novels I have come across in a long while. This book shoots out of the gate and practically assaults you on its way to its finish. I found myself laughing aloud from the dialogue, rushing through the pages, and hoping the ride wouldn't end. Great book, great author, great read. Banks' website also has great insights and laughs as well, so if yo ...more
Martin Cooper
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brutal crime thriller with a little comedy. These two characters are from the dregs of society to be avoided at all costs. A very well written gritty tail of lost love, lost cash and old friends once again brought together to take revenge and the one man responsible for the loss. I loved this book not being able to put it down for very long.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, noir
Wolf Tickets was my first taste of Ray Banks and it is a hell of a read. I missed it when it first appeared in Needle magazine. But that's okay because I have the whole story on my kindle now. It is a fast paced gritty crime story. Banks has a no-hold barred, no bullshit style of prose and I loved every word of it. I can't wait to read more of his stuff in the future. Highly Recommended.
Oliver Clarke
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wolf Tickets is violent, foul mouthed, amoral and utterly entertaining. The prose is lean and mean like a crime novel's should be and often laugh out loud funny. I've already downloaded another of Banks's books.
Barry Graham
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pitch-perfect, relentless, brutal and funny. Ray Banks has few peers, and no superiors. This book gets everything right. Ever been horrified and exhilarated at the same time? Read this and you will be.
Chris Rhatigan
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this back when it was serialized in Needle and loved it. All about the low-life criminals, like one robber who likes to smack-and-grab with a sock full of coins.
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“These two wouldn't be a problem. They talked to much. The talkers of the world ended up being the loudest screamers.” 2 likes
“You want to threaten me, you auld cunt? I'll beat you to death with your own fucking spine, you see if don't ... Yeah, keep fucking talking. Keep fucking talking so I can find you quicker, and I'll make you squeal like the cowardly fucking pig y'are.” 0 likes
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