The second novel in Derek Raymond's Factory detective crime series.
Derek Raymond was born Robin Cook in 1931. The son of a textile magnate, he dropped out of Eton aged sixteen and spent much of his early career among criminals. The Factory series followed his early novels, The Crust on Its Uppers and A State of Denmark. His literary memoir The Hidden Files was published in 1992. He died in London in 1994.
?A bizarre mixture of Chandleresque elegance... and naked brutality? Daily Telegraph ?Hellishly bleak and moving? New Statesman ?He writes beautifully, and his sincerity cannot be faulted? Evening Standard ?Raymond writes with a stomach-churning exactness about murder, madness and mutilation? The Times ?Superb... an English Chandler... only better? Daily Mail ?A mixture of thin-lipped Chandleresque backchat and of idioms more icily subversive? Observer ?Raw-edged, strong and disturbing stuff? The Scotsman