Synopses & Reviews
“Everything about I Was Dora Suarez shrieks of the joy and pain of going too far.”—The New York Times
"For those who want some truly dark noir that will make most wince, you won't find a much darker ride through the human condition than this one."—Bookgasm.com
An ax-wielding psychopath cares young Dora Suarez into pieces. On the same night in London, a firearm blows the top off the head of Felix Roatta, part-owner of the seedy Parallel Club. The unnamed narrator, a police sergeant, becomes fixated on Dora and is determined to solve her murder. Then a photo links Suarez to Roatta, and inquiries at the club reveal how vile and inhuman exploitation can become.
Derek Raymond’s real name was Robin Cook. He died in London in 1994.
"First published in the U.K. in 1990, Raymond's searing fourth entry in his Factory series (The Devil's Home on Leave, etc.) opens with a psychopath hurling an old lady to her death against her grandfather clock just after he took an ax to young Dora Suarez in a neighboring flat. That same night, the killer shoots Felix Roatta part-owner of a seedy London club, who's expecting money from the killer with a gun loaded with a soft-tip bullet ('The upper part of Roatta's head entirely disappeared'). Matters wind up in the hands of an unnamed narrator, a police sergeant, who ( la Laura) begins to develop an unhealthy fixation on Dora. Though some may find the sanguinary detail overdone, it's somehow rendered a shade less objectionable when translated into the British idiom. Raymond (1931 1994) was a prime practitioner of the not-so-gentle art of murder, Brit-style, and if anyone wants a sample of his wares, this is a fine place to start." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The final deadly blow in the acclaimed Factory series by Derek Raymond.
About the Author
Derek Raymond was born Robin Cook in 1931. The son of a textile magnate, he dropped out of public school aged sixteen and spent much of his early career among criminals. The Factory series followed his early novels, The Crust on Its Uppers and A State of Denmark. He died in London in 1994.