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REVIEW: He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond

‘A metaphysical and noir masterclass of a book.’ 

I hadn’t read any Derek Raymond or Robin Cook before. So, I had no or low expectations – I really enjoyed this though.
 
The police procedural felt irrelevant; an ambient background tool. The protagonist would have been as dark and on a mission if a P.I., writer or artist. That’s my style though so I likely read that into it.
 
Raymond makes clever use of tools that make the dead talk to and influence the minds and actions of his characters – with a hold over the reader too.
 

‘I loved the existential mind-play and tour of humanity’s dark side; such a rich and familiar territory.’

 
I ordered Raymond’s Factory #2 and a James Sallis (author of ‘Drive’ and wrote the intro’ to this book) one straight away.
 
Review by John Bowie, author of ‘Untethered’