Length 248 pages
Series Cal Innes #2
My Copy I bought it
Donkey Punch is a vastly different read to the first Cal Innes book, Saturday’s Child. In Donkey Punch, Ex con, Innes finds himself in LA playing the chaperone to an up and coming boxer, Liam, who is participating in an amateur boxing competition. The competition is meant to be the first step in a lengthy career for Liam, himself, a reformed adolescent criminal. However, trouble soon finds Innes and before long it’s Innes throwing the punches outside of the ring and not Liam within.
Boxing fans who enjoy crime fiction will get a kick out of Donkey Punch. There’s little in this book that resembles the private eye angle of Saturday’s Child, with Innes a glorified babysitter. That said, Innes is very much the hard-man of the preceding novel.
Two of the more prominent characters from the preceding novel Mo and Paulo return but play smaller parts. This book is all about boxing and keeping Liam in check – something Innes struggles to do (in favor of getting blind drunk and befriending strangers in bars).
Despite being the second Cal Innes book, Donkey Punch reads perfectly well as a standalone.
My rating: 3/5 stars, I think I would’ve rated this higher had I been a boxing fan.