Book review: He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond (9781935554578)

All the evil in the world is powerless against intelligence and courage.

A dead body of a man is found in London and the detective protagonist needs to find who did it.  What he finds is an interesting oral history of the victim’s life captured by the victim on tapes.  The tapes reveal the loneliness and destitution that the victim endures and the people that play a part of his life and death.

This book was originally published in the 1980’s and the writing is fantastic.  I really enjoyed this noir crime story.  It is stark, gritty and real and you keep wanting to read more.  The great mastery of this story is that you never learn the name of the detective who is investigating the story and you don’t even realize it because it is so well written.  I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Thank you to Mr. Raymond, Melville House Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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