He Died With His Eyes Open

He Died With His Eyes Open

Book - 1987
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"A unique crime writer whose fictional world was brutal, realistic and harrowing in the extreme."-- Guardian

In the three police procedurals that comprise the Factory Series, Derek Raymond has created a narrator who threatens to become a cult figure while preserving his anonymity. A loner and cynic, undervalued and underpaid, our hero is a nameless detective sergeant in the Department of Unexplained Deaths, a catch-all unit that investigates low-life crimes and is shunned by the blokes in the Serious Crimes Division of the Metropolitan Police.

But our narrator, working out of the Factory, named by the villains because it has a bad reputation for doing suspects over in the interrogation rooms, is fired by a real feeling for justice. He believes that an alcoholic, found obscenely battered to death in a seedy, down-and-out part of London, deserves as much official attention as, say, a dead politician. This "nobody" becomes a somebody--a kindred spirit who left behind a strange legacy. Our cop becomes obsessed by the case. But even he could not have imagined how vicious, evil, and perversely attractive his opponent will turn out to be.
Publisher: New York : Available Press, [1987]
Copyright Date: ©1984
ISBN: 9780345342898
0345342895
Branch Call Number: RAY
Characteristics: 230 pages.

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theorbys Dec 24, 2013

I am hardly an expert on mystery novels, but I read this because of the hype, but while it is certainly VERY well written with a very nicely done victim, the noir narrator is too much of a boy scout, moving through the traditionally grimy, nasty urban world of London. This in no way reinvents noir, even if it adds to it a bit. Had it been written in 1954 that would be another story, but as is it's just a well written noir mystery. If I read another one it will be quite a way down the road.

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loudem
Aug 17, 2012

I had high hope about this book. All the hype around it drove me to that conclusion. Error. The first half was okay, just. The last part just lost it. It’s as if the author drew a blank as to how to conclude the book. It’s just too laughable. I’m very disappointed by this first “ Factory” book. Hope the sequels get there act together.

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KayK
Aug 06, 2012

A murder is just the most extreme expression of the darkness that lies within us all.

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vanulor
Aug 01, 2012

Noir in all the right ways.

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