Tuesday, 2 September 2014

How The Dead Live, by Derek Raymond

This, the third novel in the Factory Series, and 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.

Centred on an old country house, this tale has a haunting feel to it and one which the author ties to the 2nd World war and a generation betrayed. And then there is Raymond's prose which at times is almost poetic. 

At times however, Raymond gets a little too carried away with himself, his prose becomes a little too florid and he almost goes off on an unnecessary and ineffective philosophical tangent. However all in all this is a good read and I enjoyed it immensely.

4 out of 4

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