Ranj Dhaliwal Releases Daaku – October 2006

October 2006

Ranj Dhaliwal releases his debut novel Daaku.

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.

Meanwhile, Ruby’s pals from their shared childhood in Surrey have become some of the fiercest drug lords, thieves and murderers in western Canada. Now Ruby is on the cusp of adulthood, a teenaged street soldier gunning for a generalship. Surrounded by Punjabi terrorists, bikers and Indo-Canadian gangsters, Ruby is drawn like a moth to the glamour of power, money, and drugs. He’ll do anything to get to the top.

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.