Rob Christopher, author of Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie, tore through:
Dead Man Upright There's bleak, and then there's Derek Raymond. His crime novels are so dark they're kind of like black holes. Even as he meticulously describes the most horrible things, I can't look away. He wrote a series of five novels featuring a narrator known only as Detective Sergeant, an investigator in Scotland Yard's "Unexplained Deaths" department. Dead Man Upright is the last in the series, and although it was written in the early 90s (Raymond died in 1994), it had not been published in the U.S. until this year. Ostensibly it's about the search for an elderly serial killer; however, there's very little suspense. Raymond is really more interested in creating a very intense character sketch of a psychopath. What keeps all the grisliness in check is Detective Sergeant's wonderfully caustic wit. He's a no-nonsense type with a sharp tongue who doesn't suffer fools gladly. I tore through this book in a few days.