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Product Details

  • Series: Factory 5
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Melville International Crime; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781612190624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612190624
  • ASIN: 1612190626
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Derek Raymond's Factory Series

"Unrelenting existentialist noir—as if the most brutal of crime fictions had been recast by Sartre, Camus, or Ionesco while retaining something of the intimate wise-guy tone of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett."
—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books

"It’s one of the darkest and most surrealistically hard-boiled things I’ve ever read. The detective is at least as scary as the murderers he’s chasing."
—William Gibson, bestselling author of Neuromancer

"No one claiming interest in literature truly written from the edge of human experience, no one wondering at the limits of the crime novel and of literature itself, can overlook these extraordinary books."
—James Sallis, author of Drive

"The Factory novels are certainly the most viscerally imagined of their kind that I've ever read, or reread multiple times.  Derek Raymond wrote in a supposedly escapist genre in a manner that precluded any hope of escape."
—Scott Phillips, bestselling author of The Ice Harvest

"There remains no finer writing – crime or otherwise – about the state of Britain."
—David Peace, author of "The Red Riding Quartet."


"Carve Derek Raymond’s name into the literary pantheon. He is one of the rare authors who seek to understand evil, ferret out the darkness in human nature, and blast Noir fiction out of the genre ghetto and into Literature. His nameless detective's quest through the bleak streets gets under your skin. Amazing, painful and brilliant."
—Cara Black, bestselling author of Murder at the Lanterne Rouge

"I Was Dora Suarez blew me away - beyond hard boiled."
—Patton Oswalt

"More Chandleresque than Chandler... [Raymond] could write beautifully...and, more importantly, what he is writing about in this novel are nothing less than the important subjects any writer can deal with: mortality and death."
—Will Self

"Pungently evokes the British underworld. As forceful as ever." Publishers Weekly

“A bizarre mixture of Chandleresque elegance. . . and naked brutality"
Dally Telegraph

“Hellishly bleak and moving”
New Statesman

“Raw-edged, strong and disturbing stuff”
—The Scotsman

"For fans of Raymond’s dark and compelling mystery fiction, this one is a must-read."
—Booklist

About the Author

Derek Raymond was the pseudonym of Robert Cook, born in London in 1931. The son of a textile magnate, he dropped out of Eton and rejected a life of privilege for a life of underworld adventure, which included working for London’s notorious Kray Brothers’ crime syndicate. His writing about that world culminated in the five Factory novels now seen as landmarks in British fiction: He Died with His Eyes Open, The Devil’s Home on Leave, How the Dead Live, I Was Dora Suarez, and Dead Man Upright.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Procopius on June 20, 2013
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Raymond is a consummate master of the classic art of crime fiction reminiscent of the greats of days gone by like Chandler, Hammett and Spillane. A treat to find a new and modern name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Shapiro on January 12, 2013
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Sadly, this is the last of the Factory novels by Derek Raymond and it may be the best. Characteristically dark filled with grim humor and engaging introspection, Dead Man Upright is a compelling read. The series starts a bit shakily but finds its sure footing in the second book and maintains a consistently high level of suspense and masterful storytelling. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith G. Bronsonstem Svcs on August 2, 2012
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I am a newcomer to this writer's work and have decided I am a serious fan. The stories are gory, and the detective is no Morse or Lynley, but that makes him more believable. If you like realistic mysteries, you will want to sample this author!
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