Leo W. Banks

Leo W. Banks

In high school, Leo W. Banks worked loading delivery trucks with the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe. In those days the Sunday paper was really heavy, so he switched from lifting to writing. He graduated from Boston College and earned a masters degree from the University of Arizona, where he later taught writing. His articles have appeared in the USA TodayNewsdayMiami HeraldNational ReviewNational Geographic TravelerSports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal and many others. He has been a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and, yes, the Boston Globe.

He has written four books of Old West history for Arizona Highways publishing and co-wrote a book about the Grand Canyon. His book about the saguaro cactus won’t stop selling. He has won numerous journalism awards and today writes a column for True West magazine. Double Wide, his first novel, won the 2018 Spur Awards for Best First Novel and Best Contemporary Western…and was True West Magazine‘s Western Crime Novel of the Year.

Books by Leo W. Banks

Champagne Cowboys

Champagne Cowboys

The long-awaited sequel to DOUBLE WIDE, the double Spur Award winning novel.

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Double Wide

Double Wide

Disgraced former baseball phenom Prospero Stark turns detective when someone leaves his former catcher's severed hand on the doorstep of his Airstream trailer. DOUBLE 2018 SPUR AWARD WINNER!!

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Reviews For Leo W. Banks

Leo Banks takes his “Double Wide” On the Road 5.0

He displays an excellent ear for bitter, cynical dialog and an unsparing eye for desperate characters running on empty

Phoef Sutton, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award winning writer

Leo Banks takes his “Double Wide” On the Road 5.0

Banks is an award-winning local journalist and on top of his game in his debut novel

Arizona Daily Star

Leo Banks takes his “Double Wide” On the Road 5.0

Banks’ descriptions of the Arizona desert so vivid that you’ll rush to turn up the air conditioner, his portrayals of his colorful characters so memorable that you’ll find yourself wondering what else those who survived the tale are up to once you finish the last page

Bruce DeSilva, Edgar-Award winning author

Leo Banks takes his “Double Wide” On the Road 5.0

Great writing line to line, wonderful evocation of place, each sentence edged with grit and humor..

James Sallis, author of DRIVE

Leo Banks takes his “Double Wide” On the Road 5.0

Banks’s descriptions are wonderfully evocative, and frequently contrasted with the ugliness of the Arizona cities just outside of the desert.

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