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Product Details

  • Series: Factory 1
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Melville International Crime (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781935554578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935554578
  • ASIN: 1935554573
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,840 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

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


"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

"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

“A crackerjack of a crime novel, unafraid to face the reality of man’s and woman’s evil.”
Evening Standard

"The beautiful, ruthless simplicity of the Factory novels is that Raymond rewrites the basic ethos of the classic detective novel."
—Charles Taylor, The Nation

"Hellishly bleak and moving."
—New Statesman

About the Author

Derek Raymond was the pseudonym of British writer Robert Cook, who was 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 adventure. He traveled the world, living in Paris at the Beat Hotel and on New York’s seedy Lower East Side, smuggled artworks into Amsterdam, and spent time in a Spanish prison for publicly making fun of Franco. Finally, he landed back in London, working in the lower echelons of the Kray Brothers’ crime syndicate laundering money, organizing illegal gambling, and setting up insurance scams. He eventually took to writing—first as a pornographer, but then as an increasingly serious novelist, writing about the desperate characters and experiences he’d known in London’s underground. His work culminated in the Factory novels, landmarks that have led many to consider  him the founding father of British noir. He died in London in 1993.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "violence_jack" on April 7, 2003
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If you enjoy the stylings of James Ellroy, Iain Banks, or even Raymond Chandler, anything by Derek Raymond is a sure bet. "He Died With His Eyes Open" is a stunning read. It follows the narrator, a nameless English detective, during his pursuit/descent while trying to find those guilty of a violent murder. Through writings and tape-recorded thoughts recovered from the victim, the detective becomes increasingly attached to the persona of the deceased. The prose is stark, elegant, incredibly philsophical, and yields a wealth of great quotes.
Another reviewer on Amazon.com mentioned that the methods of detection were not convincing, and the ending was "over-the-top".
Well...it's certainly not in the vein of an Agatha Christie mystery; It is a rare, brilliant look at the primal underpinnings of "civilized" society. It is classic noir, in the sense that it is a stylistic meditation on the nature of man/good vs. evil, as seen through the eyes of someone who makes a life out of being on the front lines of misery.
"He Died With His Eyes Open" compares more than favorably to Ellroy's "The Black Dahlia", with proper British style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grey Wolffe VINE VOICE on August 21, 2008
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This is a series that lacks a lot of things. The main character lacks a name. He also lacks human emotion and emotional brakes. His life is a random series of inertia. He would rather do nothing, but once he starts, whatever he's doing develops a life of it's own until it comes to a conclusion (not always satisfactorily).

He works as a 'sergeant' in the "Factory" (Metropolitan Police) in the Department of Unexplained Deaths'. Unlike the SCD (Serious Crimes Division) the DUD (get it!) gets the murders of prostitutes, drug addicts and the other detritus of society. The crimes of course are serious but only to those they are perpetrated on.

Our Sergeant is called on to a murder scene of a man found in the bushes just off a main highway (the A2). The man has been beaten brutally (all of his major bones have been broken and then he was hit on the head with a hammer). He has no identification. But he is a nobody. The Sergeant has a nemesis/colleague in SCD who is trying to get him to move up. The Sergeant says, "I like my independence." But what he really likes is to be able to work by himself, drink when he wants and work a case the way he wants.

The Sergeant works his way through the underbelly of late 1950s London. The city is still showing it's ruff edges left over from the War and rationing has just ended. But there is still a large unemployed under- class that lives on the margin of society. This is the Sergeant's milieu and he doesn't want to leave it. It's as much a part of him as he is a part of it.

The story and the solution are no great shakes, but they aren't the reason to read the story. The descriptions of the other side of London at this time in history and the way people lived and spoke is the real reason to read the novel.

Zeb Kantrowitz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2013
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Not for everyone perhaps, it is the first book in the Factory series. Here is real noir writing. This is not the entertaining but carefully sanitized slumming of Raymond Chandler where an amusing line is never out of place. This is the world of inescapable poverty and ignorance, in which even a murder does not interest the authorities very much and viscous exploitation for trivial gain is the rule and nobody. least of all the detective, is having fun. The story drags a bit on occasion and the somewhat cumbersome premise of the victim speaking via taped autobiographical musings to the detective, a nameless Sergeant of the Department of Unexplained Deaths can be trying at times. Nevertheless, I think it worth the read for anyone who really likes mystery fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAH on May 28, 2013
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Unusual and well written treatment of a 'murder mystery'. As the story unfolds the reader learns about the victim, his life, his hopes, fears, relationships, regrets, etc. It is a psychological study of a murder. I will definitely read more by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on May 22, 2013
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Sometimes you take a chance on a book despite being skeptical, and are pleasantly surprised; this was one of those books. I had not heard of the author, but have since learned that he is an important writer in "British noir." The book is written in the first person, which isn't my favorite style, but it's readable. The lead character is unnamed throughout the book (and, I've read, throughout the whole "Factory" series), but appears a hard-bitten detective. There are some British colloquialisms that were unfamiliar to me, but those don't detract from the overall understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Livingston on April 16, 2013
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Never heard of this author until I read the review on NPR. I like the nameless protagonist and wouldn't mind reading more just beware that the tone and outlook borders on nihilism so it's not for everyone. Not the best plot but writing and characterization (especially the nastiest of Femme Fatales) make it worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles D Hiebner on April 13, 2013
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I picked up this book based on a review which revealed that the protagonist - a homicide detective - does not have a name. That, along with a blurb of the text, caught my interest enough to give it a shot, and I was not disappointed. I would recommend that a reader have some inkling of 60's/70's pop culture to get some of the references here. I am but I also had to look up a few slang words (it is very British and full of slang from that time), but this did little to take away from the enjoyment of the novel. The wordsmithing was a delight and the story compelling. By the end...well, you'll just have to find that out for yourself.
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