He Died with His Eyes Open (New edition)


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The first of the "Factory" series of bleak, atmospheric and subversive crime novels. A boozed-out tramp found under a bush in West London has been systematically butchered. The awesome depths of violent passion that the victim must have inspired fascinates the detective sergeant put on the case.

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Aug 4, 2011

Welcome to "The Factory"

Derek Raymond came as a surprise to me. Why hadn't I ever heard of him before? This novel is the first in his "Factory" series, about a tired and cynical yet stolidly moral detective with a ferocious sense of justice, who works in a thankless job in a remote "unsolved crimes" department of the London police. He takes crime very personally, and when an apparently down-and-out nobody is found murdered, the detective explores the man's life through a series of dictated tapes and discovers a kindred spirit in whose footsteps he follows until the killers are unearthed. Raymond's barely suppressed anger at the world and his pitch-perfect ear for London dialects and dialogue make this a fast and absorbing read.

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