He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond
(Factory 1)

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He Died With His Eyes Open has, among other qualities, the shine of authorial delight, a sense of wild unleashing.


As it turns out, a dead man can tell stories...

Murders are a dime a dozen in Margaret Thatcher's London, and when it comes to the brutal killing of a middle-aged alcoholic found dumped outside of town, Scotland Yard has more important cases to deal with.

Instead it's a job for the Department of Unexplained Deaths and its head Detective Sergeant. With only a box of cassette-tape diaries as evidence the rogue detective has no chouce but to listen to the haunting voice of the victim for clues to his gruesome end.

The first book in Derek Raymond's acclaimed Factory Series is an unflinching yet deeply compassionate portrait of a city plagued by poverty and perversion, and a policeman who may be the only one who cares about the "people who don't matter and who never did."

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About Derek Raymond

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Derek Raymond was the pseudonym of British writer Robert Cook, who was born in London in 1931. The son of a textile magnate, he dropped out of Eton and rejected a life of privilege for a life of adventure. He traveled the world, living in Paris at the Beat Hotel and on New York's seedy Lower East Side, smuggled artworks into Amsterdam, and spent time in a Spanish prison for publicly making fun of Franco. Finally, he landed back in London, working in the lower echelons of the Kray Brothers' crime syndicate laundering money, organizing illegal gambling, and setting up insurance scams. He eventually took to writing-first as a pornographer, but then as an increasingly serious novelist, writing about the desperate characters and experiences he'd known in London's underground. His work culminated in the Factory novels, landmarks that have led many to consider him the founding father of British noir. He died in London in 1993.
Published October 4, 2011 by Melville International Crime. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by A.L.Kennedy on Mar 10 2013

He Died With His Eyes Open has, among other qualities, the shine of authorial delight, a sense of wild unleashing.

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