I Was Dora Suarez (Factory Series #4)
“Everything about I Was Dora Suarez shrieks of the joy and pain of going too far.”—The New York Times
"For those who want some truly dark noir that will make most wince, you won't find a much darker ride through the human condition than this one."—Bookgasm.com
An ax-wielding psychopath cares young Dora Suarez into pieces. On the same night in London, a firearm blows the top...more
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My sister gave me this book, with the preface that it was so disgustingly graphic that it allegedly made one of the publishers who read it vomit in his office. I wasn't sure about that, but it's listed under the book's lore on Wikipedia, so who knows? It's a bit like the tales of the paramedics who were called to screenings of the Exorcist (1973) because audiences were fainting in terror: whether these stories are true or not, it's good pub ...more
Non avrei mai creato personaggi tormentati o malvagi nei miei libri se non avessi dovuto io stesso lottare contro il male.
L’opera di Derek Raymond è come il lavoro in miniera: ci si sporca, non solo le mani - per scrivere di assassini bassifondi delitti soprusi povertà….ha conosciuto, vissuto, frequentato assassini bassifondi delitti soprusi povertà…
(Da qui si capisce bene il suo odio per Agatha Christie.)
Di lui si dice che dopo aver lasciato il castello di famiglia nel Kent, e quin ...more
Extremely harrowing read.Possibly the best in the "Factory Series" but I wouldn't swear to it in a court of law.
For all that's righteous - please read this novel. But read the 1st 3 first.
Having been called back to A14 by the Deputy Commander known only as “the voice” but never actually seen by the DS in the entire series entries, the Detective Sergeant finds himself dropped in the middle of what will become the most heinous case in his entire career.
This case –what starts out as the investigati ...more
The Factory novels, nominal police procedurals are narrated by an unnamed protagonist, a sergeant at London's Metropolitan Police Department of Unexplained Deaths, also known as A14. A14 handles the lowlife murders which are in stark contrast to the headline-grabbing homicides handled by the prestigious Serious Crimes Division, better known as Scotland Yard.
After the relatively pedestrian third Factory novel, How the Dead ...more
You know how Wodehouse said “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is ...more
Giunge inaspettato , improvviso tanto da lasciare sconcertati e, dopo un attimo di smarrimento, resistendo all'idea di cambiare libro, si entra nella sconvolgente scena di un crimine in via svolgimento, impigliati nella testa di un assassino impazzito.
Un accenno di queste intense pagine iniziali Interrotto dalla vecchia, venuta a vedere che cosa stava succedendo nel ...more
To be fair, all the gross-out pa ...more
The quality of the book as a whole is also remarkable in the fact that the book is incredibly sloppy. It isn't particularly well-plotted (about a third of the entire book is a rotating interrogation of a couple of side characters). There ...more
This might help to explain why the opening passages of ‘I Was Dora Suarez’ were so difficult for me. Looked at another way, I’m entirely within normal parameters of human sanity and those chapters would be difficult for anyone. They may also be p ...more
This is the fourth novel in Raymond’s factory novels, and represents a low point in the series. Raymond (1931-1994) is credited with being the pioneer of British noir. This is likely so, but his writing was extremely uneven. As he progressed through his novels, he seemed to believe that he could only maintain his readership through increasing doses of gore and insanity. He equated the noir genre with massive doses of insanity. In this novel, we find ou ...more
What if a true villain, a thoroughly evil psychopath, a man who already possessed a heart of darkness, who already scared evil men witless, then went mad? Fully and irredeemably insane. What depths of depravity, what inhumane crimes would he be capable of?
In I Was Dora Suarez, the fourth in Derek Raymond’s Factory Novels we find out.
Be warned. This novel is not for the squeamish. This novel made it’s publisher, who had already publishe ...more
Some reviewers said begin the series here and then read 1,2 and 3, other to read them in order. While glad to ...more
Almost two decades after his death, Melville House has published all five of his "Factory series" or "black novels" in the U.S. Mulholland Books' website has a remembrance of Raymond by his friend Maxim Jakubowski, and the Los Angeles Times will soon publish a fine essay on Raymond's life and work by Patrick Millikin.
I ordered ...more
Primero, se debe hacer una advertencia: esta novela es cruda, cruel, llena de palabras soeces y despectivas. Puede herir susceptibilidades, revolver estómagos y provocar no querer seguir leyendo. Cuentan que el editor usual de las novelas de Raymond, cuando éste le pasó el manuscrito, vomitó al leer el primer capítulo y se negó a publicarlo. Sin embargo, a pesar de lo grotesco y repulsivo, el autor sabe profundizar en las motivaciones, la mente profunda, las ganas de vivir, las relaciones ...more
Ma l'orrore non ferma il Sergente senza nome della A14, semmai ne amplifica l'umanità attraverso semplici gesti come una lieve carezza ad una mano abbandonata o un bacio su capelli che odorano ancora di shampoo alla mela. E c'è qualcosa di umido che bagna le sue guance: eh già... lacrime.
("Sapete che piango quando dormo? Pensate che un uomo non ne sia capace?" ...more
The story is told in the voice of 3 narrators: the diaries of the murdered Dora Sanchez, inside the murderer’s mind as imagined by the nameless Detective Sergeant, and the first-person nameless Detective Sergeant himself (he narrates all the books in the series).
The diary entries are weak and unconvincing; they don’t read like diary in any way. The writing does not come up to near the level of the tape monologues o ...more
This book was disturbing in parts, and while I appreciated the Inspector's sidekick, the interrogation scenes were entirely too long. The Inspector, for what seemed to be the entire middle third of the book, was mired in a Kafkaesque struggle against his department and his persons of interest. Page after page of repetitive futility began to drag on me.
(view spoiler)[Furthermore (and the main rea ...more
“Mettete a nudo l'orrore; affrontatelo senza difese. Non nascondetevi, non fuggite, e troverete la pietà, anche se ha dovuto attraversare l'inferno”.
Il sarcastico e idealista detective di questo romanzo hard-boiled ha un passato difficile e tormentato, una vita privata segnata dalla follia e dal crimine ed è stato sospeso dal lavoro. Viene richiamato in servizio alla Factory per un caso efferato e crudele. La sua indagine, imprevedibile e ostinata, esplora un mon ...more
Whatever accolade is given to the author for inventing "British Noire" you cannot doubt its depravity. It makes Quentin Tarantino look like the colourful, stylistic cinematic event that he is. This is black and white in your face and very gritty. The main character is the unnamed detective who moves from metaphysical musings to a kind of sentimental ...more
Raymond, con me hai fallito: più che un poliziotto alla disperata ricerca della verità cont ... (continua)
Più che essere disturbata dal livello di violenza e di splatter presente nel quarto (e più celebre) volume della serie "Factory", mi ha negativamente colpita l'arroganza e il prevaricazion ...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