How the Dead Live (Factory Series #3)
"A sulphurous mixture of ferocious violence and high-flown philosophy."-Prospect
The third novel in the acclaimed Factory crime series sees Derek Raymond's nameless detective leave London for a remote village, where he's meant to be investigating the disappearance of a local doctor's wife.
A fitting successor to classic noir writers such as Jim Thompson and David Goodis, wit...more
The third entry in The Factory Series is Derek Raymond trying his hand at something slightly different and if not failing, then not quite matching his previous success. This one reads like a Hercules Poirot mystery but with the little Belgian grown weary of modern decay, beaten down by a lifetime of loss, pain and horror and developing a hardboiled attitude towards life.
The unnamed Sergeant is sent to investigate The Case of The Missing Mardy in a small...more
He describes the neighborhoods west of London. "Blocks of semi-abandoned streets made dead ends of effort where people who had tried o start something — anything — had been crushed by the dull, triumphant logic of the state."
"The wife's a poor little woman — dead red hair, no bust, the kind of woman no one ever wants to sin with and who dreams of murder."
At the gambling club: "She took two new packs from under the table and slit the seals with...more
So many great hard-boiled detective moments in this book. My favorite is...
Unnamed Detective: "Don't worry. I know what I'm doing."
Superior Officer: "Yes, but the trouble with you, is that no one else does."
If you haven’t read any of Raymond’s noir novels from the 1970s and 1980s, you will find that he is well worth the investment of your time. This novel is one of the novels in his “Factory” series. The factory is his term for Police Headquarters at Scotland Yard. Each of these novels is a stand-alone episode, although there are recurring characters. The hero in each is a nameless detective. In this case, he is sent from London to a small town, Thorn...more
I love a nice bit of noir hard-bitten cop action, and I was initially quite satisfied with the traditional Cop Who Is Horrid to Everyone In Pursuit of the Truth. Next thing I know, I am swerving into a 2-page treatise on the nature of povery and ou...more
It's weird that the intro is by Will Self, who also wrote a book called How the Dead Live.
A lot of people feel that Raymond has a tendency to slip into melodrama. I know what they mean, but don't actually mind it. Crime is melodrama.
Writing a few days later now. Just finished i...more
This is another one of Serpents Tails re-prints
of Derek Raymonds books and is one of his
Factory series of books about the nameless
detective Sarge from A14 Unexplained deaths.
the main twist in this one is that he is after
the murderers without actually having a corpse
for most of the book that is set in Thornhill a
small town run by a corrupt group of folks
looking to run the whole place for there own
gain. a great read and the wonderful use of
slang and narr...more
I'm really impressed with this authors style of writi...more
His protagonist is a nameless police sergeant who is never promoted and likes it that way. He speaks his mind, ruffling feathers everywhere he goes, but he gets the job done.
He is sent to Wiltshire to look into a disappearance that occurred six months ago but was never...more
Pen name for Robert William Arthur Cook. Born into privilege, Raymond attended Eton before completing his National Service. Raymond moved to France in the 50's before eventually returning to London in the 60's. His first book, 'Crust on its Uppers,' released in 1962 under his real name, was well-received but brought few sales. Moving through Italy he abandoned writing before returni...more