Catching up on The Rap Sheet‘s tribute series to legendary writer Derek Raymond. Two installments in this post.
Cook risked it all with his 1990 novel, I Was Dora Suarez.
He did! Unfortunately, it was difficult to me to get Derek Raymond’s novels years ago, so I read I Was Dora Suarez as the first one. That was a mistake, because it’s a book you must work up to by reading the preceding three in the Factory series.
It was the most devastating novel I’d ever read. Nothing has even come near it since. And I don’t think anything ever will.
And this is the final installment in The Rap Sheet tribute series, done by writer Ray Banks, who is no slouch himself. I recommend Banks too.
[Y]ou don’t read Raymond for the realism, you read him for his worldview, and that worldview is shot through with a Jacobean sense of moral decay.
Previously at Mike Cane’s Blog:
Previously at Mike Cane 2008: