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The first novel in Derek Raymond's Factory detective crime series
?A crackerjack of a crime novel, unafraid to face the reality of man?s and woman?s evil? Evening Standard ?A mixture of thin-lipped Chandleresque backchat and of idioms more icily subversive? Observer
A pioneer of British noir? No one has come near to matching his style or overwhelming sense of sadness? Raymond's world is uniformly sinister, his language strangely mannered. He does not strive for accuracy, but achieves an emotional truth all his own.
Cook's prose can make amazing stylistic leaps without once losing its balance? He anticipates James Ellroy and David Peace, among others, in this terrifying determination to disclose the skull beneath the skin? a supreme example of how nasty Britain actually is.
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