The DAAKU series continues with THE GANGSTER’S LIFE, which is the sequel to Ranj Dhaliwal’s bestselling novel GANGSTER.
The protagonist in GANGSTER, Ruby Pandher, rose through the ranks to the top of the underworld and was then betrayed by his closest friends and left for dead. Now, Ruby’s story continues as he struggles to survive in the fast-paced life of a Westcoast gangster while seeking revenge on his enemies.
The attempted assassination has left Ruby wondering what his choices are and if there really is a way out of the gangster’s life. As Ruby recovers from his injuries from the failed hit, he tries to figure out what he can do with his life, but the struggle of being a known gangster makes having a legitimate life difficult.
Ruby meets a girl who opens his eyes to the possibility of love. He thinks of having a family of his own one day, but realizes that the life of a gangster will not allow that. Ruby needs to settle up loose ends with the law and his old enemies, and then deal with his conscience before he can start his new life. On his journey, Ruby is conflicted as he tries to transition from the gangster he is to the man he one day dreams to become.
The gangster’s life that Ruby has chosen not only puts his own life at jeopardy, but also his family’s.
Literary critic reviews for DAAKU: GANGSTER:
“A fascinating look into the gang world’s twisted morality, casual murder, commodification of women, and the inevitability of a violent demise.” – Quill & Quire
“A haunting parable about unfulfilled potential and lives wrongly lived. … an edgy, politically incorrect novel about South Asian youth and their vulnerability to organized crime, an issue treated far too simplistically by the mainstream media. Dhaliwal … has painted a grimly realistic portrait of the West Coast gangster life and the flash-and-burn trajectory of all those drawn into it.” –Vancouver Review
“An excellent novel about Indo-Canadian gangs. … A scary peek into a subculture about which we know nothing, a tour of Vancouver suburbs as alien as Mars, and Dhaliwal makes as believable as your own back yard.” – Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail
“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
“[Ranj Dhaliwal] may remind some readers of S. E. Hinton, whose 1967 novel, The Outsiders, achieved a similarly skilful blend of what’s thrilling and what’s good for you.” – The Walrus Magazine
“This social structure is dizzying and complex, yet Dhaliwal manages to juggle it plausibly and consistently.” – Literary Review of Canada
“Ranj Dhaliwal has turned a passion for the written word into a creative masterpiece.” – The Ubyssey
“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