A Novel

Book - 2006
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In the violent and ruthless world of Indo-Canadian gangs, Ruby Pandher is on his way up. A self-described daaku (Punjabi for outlaw), Ruby learns young that might, in the form of his drunken father's fists, is right, and that money is easier to steal than earn. Ruby's small-time scams reveal a knack for leadership and after his first stint in youth detention, the big-timers start to notice his potential.

Soon, Ruby is doing collections for Indo-Canadian drug dealers. Now "known to police," Ruby is drawn into a gang war just as he's trying to beat the rap on weapons charges and theft -- while simultaneously organizing a jailhouse smuggling ring. On the cusp of adulthood, and surrounded by Punjabi terrorists, bikers and Indo-Canadian gangsters, Ruby is drawn like a moth to the glamour of power, money, and drugs.

A story of betrayal, cold-blooded murder and the rise and eventual fall of one gangster, Daaku is a bullet-riddled grand tour of Indo-Canadian gangland.
Publisher: Vancouver : New Star Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781554200276
Branch Call Number: DHA
Characteristics: 311 p.


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dperelle Apr 26, 2016

I don't understand why this book was selected as a staff pick. The author does nothing but give Ruby a platform to glorify and justify violence in order to protect his drug turf.
It also has no literary value.

Apr 19, 2012

a good book for indo canadian teens.

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