I Was Dora Suarez

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 208
Subject: Fiction, Crime

I Was Dora Suarez

Factory 4

Derek Raymond

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

Paperback
9781852427993 (13 Mar 2008)
£8.99

About the book

An axe-wielding psychopath carves young Dora Suarez into pieces and smashes the head of Suarez's friend, an elderly woman. On the same night, in the West End, a firearm blows the top off the head of Felix Roatta, part-owner of the seedy Parallel Club. The unnamed narrator, a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police's Unexplained Deaths division, develops a fixation on the young woman whose murder he investigates. And he discovers that Suarez's death is even more bizarre than suspected: the murderer ate bits of flesh from Suarez's corpse and ejaculated against her thigh. Autopsy results compound the puzzle: Suarez was dying of AIDS, but the pathologist can't tell how the virus was introduced. Then a photo, supplied by a former Parallel hostess, links Suarez to Roatta, and inquiries at the club reveal how vile and inhuman exploitation can become. I Was Dora Suarez is the fourth book in the Factory series

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

A mixture of thin-lipped Chandleresque backchat and of idioms more icily subversive.

- Observer

Deadbeat, downbeat but thoroughly believable, and evoked with the scary precision of a scalpel slicing through flesh... extreme, but like nothing else you'll ever read

- Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times

I cannot think of another writer so obsessed with the skull beneath the skin.

- The Times

Raymond writes with a stomach-churning exactness about murder, madness and mutilation.

- The Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 208
Subject: Fiction, Crime