Never before available in the U.S., the final episode in the Factory Series is another unrelenting investigation with the nameless detective into the black soul of Thatchers England.
The fifth and final book in the authors acclaimed Factory Series was published just after Derek Raymonds death, and so didnt get the kind of adulatory attention the previous four titles in the series got. The book has been unavailable for so long that many of Derek Raymonds rabid fans arent even aware there is a fifth book.
But Dead Man Upright may be the most psychologically probing book in the series. Unlike the others, its not so much an investigation into the identity of a killer, but a chase to catch him before he kills again. Meanwhile, the series hero--the nameless Sargent from the Unexplained Deaths department--is facing more obstacles in the department, due to severe budget cutbacks, than hes ever faced before.
However, this time, the Sargent knows the identity of the next victim of the serial killer in question. But even the Sargents brutally blunt way of speaking cant convince the besotted victim, and hes got to convince a colleague to go against orders and join him in the attempt to catch the killer... before its too late.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When a middle-aged alcoholic is found brutally battered to death on a roadside in West London, the case is assigned to a nameless detective sergeant, a tough-talking cynic and fearless loner from the Department of Unexplained Deaths at the Factory police station. Working from cassette tapes left behind in the dead man's property, our narrator must piece together the history of his blighted existence and discover the agents of its cruel end. What he doesn't expect is that digging for the truth will demand plenty of lying, and that the most terrible of villains will also prove to be the most attractive. In the first of six police procedurals that comprise the Factory series, Derek Raymond spins a riveting, and vividly human crime drama. Relentlessly pursuing justice for the dispossessed, his detective narrator treads where few others dare: in the darkest corners of London, a city of sin plagued by unemployment, racism and vice, and peopled by a cast of low-lifes, all utterly convincing and brought to life by Raymond's pitch-perfect dialogue.
An axe-wielding psychopath carves young Dora Suarez into pieces and smashes the head of Suarez's friend, an elderly woman. The unnamed narrator, a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police's Unexplained Deaths division, develops a fixation on the young woman whose murder he investigates and discovers that Suarez's death is more bizarre than suspected.