RARA-AVIS: Derek Raymond

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 19 Oct 2006

I'm reading the new issue (does it count as a reissue if it's the first time in English?) of Raymond's Nightmare in the Street. So far, very good. Interesting juxtaposition with the Factory novels which sandwiched it (after the initial trilogy, before Dora Suarez). Haven't gotten very far, but it starts at pretty much the same point as Suarez, with the detective losing his position after punching a police superior. However, the detective, Kleber, is different from the nameless narrator in the Factory series. First of all, this is told in the third person. It's set in France. Unlike nameless, whose wife is in a sanitarium for killing their child, Kleber's is a happy, though childless, marriage. And Kleber's best friend is a career criminal with whom he grew up. In fact, so far, the book reminds me as much of Jean-Claude Izzo's Total Chaos (just bought the second in that series) as the Factory series. Looking forward to the rest of it.

Anyway, the real reason for my post is to ask a question. The last few pages of Nightmare includes ads for Serpent's Tail's other Raymond books, including He Died with His Eyes Open, which they call "the first of six police procedurals that comprise the Factory series." By my count, there were only five: He Died with His Eyes Open, The Devil's Home on Leave, How the Dead Live, I Was Dora Suarez and Dead Man Upright. Are they including either Nightmare or Not Till the Red Fog Rises, the other two post-sabbatical novels (in English, also one French only book), as part of the Factory series?


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