Synopses & Reviews
“A sulphurous mixture of ferocious violence and high-fl own philosophy.”—Prospect
The third novel in the acclaimed Factory crime series sees Derek Raymond’s nameless detective leave London for a remote village, where he’s meant to be investigating the disappearance of a local doctor’s wife.
A fitting successor to classic noir writers such as Jim Thompson and David Goodis, with an introduction by Will Self. High-profile fans include Ian Rankin and James Sallis.
Robin Cook was born in 1931. He reinvented himself as Derek Raymond and died in London in 1994.
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.
Third book in the acclaimed Factory crime series, with introduction by Will Self.
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. Will Self is an author, media commentator and journalist. He 'borrowed' the title, How the Dead Live, from Derek Raymond for his 2000 novel. His latest novel is The Book of Dave.