RARA-AVIS: Derek Raymond

From: davezeltserman (davezelt@rcn.com)
Date: 13 Oct 2008

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    I've been working my way through his factory series (out of order) with "I was Dora Suarez" next, and this so far is easily the best crime series I've seen from the last 25 years, and Raymond is becoming one of my favorite writers within the crime genre. There are certain themes that are present in the books I've read so far--physical decline, the inevitability of death, cruelty and compassion, and his writing has a poetry and verve that's unique, as well as an audaciousness that at times leaves me laughing out loud. This is really great stuff, and people here who haven't read him, I can't recommend him highly enough.

    --Dave Zeltserman http://www.davezeltserman.com

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