How the Dead Live

Introduction by: Will Self
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 224
Subject: Fiction, Crime

How the Dead Live

Factory 3

Derek Raymond

The third novel in Derek Raymond's Factory detective crime series

Paperback(Out of stock)
9781852427986 (13 Sep 2007)
£9.99

About the book

This, the third novel in the Factory Series, sees Raymond's nameless detective leave London for a remote village called Thornhill, where he's meant to be looking into the disappearance of a local doctor's wife. How The Dead Live is a haunting, fantastical novel, with a hellish country house at its centre; a mystery with little interest in the mystery, a police procedural with almost no procedure. Instead, and as ever with Raymond, it's a brilliantly unsettling investigation into love and damnation. This is life seen from the very bottom of the bottle - a fitting succesor to classic noir writers such as Jim Thompson and David Goodis.

About the author

Derek Raymond was born Robin Cook in 1931. His novels include A State of Denmark, The Crust on its Uppers, I Was Dora Suarez and How the Dead Live, which was made into a film. The son of a textile magnate, he dropped out of Eton aged sixteen and spent much of his early career among criminals and was employed at various times as a pornographer, organiser of illegal gambling, money launderer, pig-slaughterer and minicab driver. He died in London in 1994.

Reviews

?A sulphurous mixture of ferocious violence and high-flown philosophy? Prospect

Cook makes us see, that while we may cavort in the sunny uplands of life, the shades are always among us, flitting back and forth, seemingly without purpose, and yet slowly, insidiously, relentlessly, herding us towards the grave.

- Will Self

Additional Information

Introduction by: Will Self
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 224
Subject: Fiction, Crime