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No More Heroes: A Cal Innes Novel

(Cal Innes #3)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The third novel in Ray Banks's highly acclaimed Cal Innes series.

It's Manchester's hottest summer on record and while Cal Innes evicts families on behalf of local slum lord Donald Plummer, the English National Socialists stir up racial tensions to breaking point. A firebomb attack at a Plummer property thrusts Cal into the spotlight as he saves a child from the burning bu
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Blasted Heath (first published February 1st 2008)
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Lukasz Pruski
This month I have been reading works by some of the greatest names in literature (Joyce, Mann, Tolstoy, Coetzee, Barth), so it is time to read, for a change, some "lower-level stuff" - mysteries, thrillers, procedurals, etc. I have just finished my fourth Ray Banks' novel, "No More Heroes". (My reviews of previous three books are here, here, and here). Alas, I find "No More Heroes" the weakest of the bunch.

The plot takes place in Manchester, UK. Callum (Cal) Innes, an ex-convict and an ex-PI, is
Dave Szostak
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terribly tedious, this third outing for sorta Manchester private investigator Cal Innes. The epitome of scuzzy, Innes is a drug addicted alcoholic, with a convict father and equally shiftless brother. He is the anti-hero to the nth degree. At the novel's beginning, Innes is evicting tenants for his employer, scumbag landlord Donald Plummer. On his way to one such eviction job, Innes becomes an unlikely hero when he saves the life of a little boy trapped in a burning home. An immigrant family was ...more
Cal Innes is not one of your gets-beaten-up-and-two-minutes-later-is-running-a-marathon type heroes. He really hurts. All the way through this book. Possibly on every page. But he is hard to dislike, and even though the plot felt a bit slender, and there was a editorial transport slippage on page 129, this was an enjoyable read, which had me wincing for the writer at times. Because I got the sense he knew of what he wrote.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Here's the thing - I've been trying all this time to live up to that f---ing label they gave me, so I reckon maybe it's time I either live up to it or die trying.

The history of the private eye genre is replete with heroes who wax on about the corrupt system and how one man can't make a difference. These tarnished knights still try and usually succeed in bringing about some kind of justice, even if the official line covers up some of the more egregious sins. Ray Banks falls squarely in the new tr
Warren Stalley
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No More Heroes is the third novel in the Cal Innes quartet. This time round Cal is working for the Slumlord of Manchester – Donald Plummer, evicting bewildered tenants. Cal struggles with a chronic addiction to pain killers while trying to keep his integrity on the mean streets of Manchester. When he bravely rescues an Asian boy from a suspicious house fire, suddenly Cal becomes the local hero. Meanwhile the city is suffering a record breaking heat wave and vicious fascists are stirring up racia ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cal Innes is struggling with an addiction to the codeine he was prescribed for an old injury, eking out a living serving eviction notices for a Manchester slumlord. It's the hottest summer on record, the BNP is demonstrating against immigrants, students are demonstrating against slumlords. When Cal and Daft Frank arrive to serve an eviction on an immigrant family, the house bursts into flame. Cal becomes an unlikely hero when he saves a young boy from the fire. It seems the more Cal tries to do ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
SETTING: Manchester, UK
SERIES: #3 of 4
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Cal Innes is currently working for slumlord Donald Plummer to evict tenants from the homes that he owns. IN the past, he's also done some PI work. After he rescues a child at a fire at one of Plummer's buildings, Plummer asks him to find the arsonists. Innes is addicted to codeine, and it gets worse over the course of the book. I found it difficult to reconcile his behavior as a drugged-out man with an inflated sens
Gary Marshall
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ex-con and ex-PI Cal Innes is a mess, literally and emotionally, and things aren't exactly going great for him. But that's nothing compared to what's coming round the corner.

It's been a while since I've read anything as exciting as No More Heroes. It's a very British book, and I mean that as a compliment: the dialogue is pitch-perfect, often hilarious but never contrived. Cal Innes leaps from the page, flawed, funny and very fallible, and Banks' Manchester includes a sorry cast of characters in
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may not be fair to lump all British-semilegal-working-class-gents-with-destructive-habits behind a film genre, but it read like a Guy Ritchie film, and I mean that in the best possible way. The banter. The beatings. I just needed a rocknroll soundtrack.

I have a tough time following along as characters self-destruct, and Cal might have tried if circumstances hadn't gotten in the way. The political climate and tension in the city was a little too believable. At the end, everything and nothing
Greg Tymn
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story arch has progressed to the point where Cal hits a pretty hard "bottom" with his codeine/alcohol addictions and cognitive dissonance. It isn't so much a plummet into the depths as tumbling off of asphalt, fists and ashtrays and a lack of perception that leads to the only possible result: self-destruction.

The novel is well-written, but very dark. It ends in no other place than where it could end, short of the death of Cal.
Rob Schorr
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy British gangster films (think Guy Ritchie), you will get a kick out of this novel. A detective story set in Manchester, throw in some fascists, left wing students, a whole bunch of pills & booze and you have the makings of a pretty good read.
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Excellent descriptions and funny-as-hell dialogue.

Ex-con now PI, Callum Innes, is the closest thing Manchester has to the hero they need. Will he be able to deal with his Codeine addiction, the hottest summer since records began and the English National Socialists and pull it off?
Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Tiresome - can't even remember the plot or protagonist as it was too much like a previous book I'd also relegated to the gave up on shelf. I tire quickly of characters whose vocabulary consists almost entirely of the f word in all of its grammatical aspects.
Arson and race warfare rekindle the PI instinct in codeine addicted Cal Innes, ex con, ex pi, currently providing illegal eviction thug services for slumlord. Set in Manchester England
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Banks' ear for dialog is fantastic and I really love the self-destructive hero of these Cal Innis books.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More great stuff. Can be frustrating how shit Cal is sometimes just meandering about. Wee bit of a lull in the middle then boom the 3rd act went mental. Excited to start the final book.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Typical crime/drama...a bit boring.
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It’s the hottest summer on record in Manchester, England, and down-at-heel private eye Cal Innes is struggling to keep cool. He has taken a job evicting families on behalf of local slumlord Donald Plummer, while the English National Socialists bring racial tensions to the boiling point. A firebomb attack on a Plummer property thrusts Innes into the spotlight as he rescues a child from the burning building. But when Plummer hires him to track down the arsonists, Innes finds himself dealing with m ...more
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