R is for....
Raymond - Derek Raymond and a book from his acclaimed Factory series, the first of five - He Died With His Eyes Open (1976)
|He Died With His Eyes Open (1976)|
The first of the "Factory" series of bleak, atmospheric and subversive crime novels. A boozed-out tramp found under a bush in West London has been systematically butchered. The awesome depths of violent passion that the victim must have inspired fascinates the detective sergeant put on the case.
R is for .......
Raymond - Ring and Arizona Kiss, probably a book I bought because of the cover and never got around to reading. Or I read it at the time when I didn't log my reading and was also in the habit of keeping everything. Nearly thirty years ago and I can't remember what I had for my lunch yesterday, so who knows.
TIME OUT thought it "A first class noir thriller"
|Arizona Kiss (1991)|
When Macky, an ambitious journalist eager to escape from his small southwestern town, attempts to expose a powerful and corrupt judge, a beguiling woman leads him into the town's dangerous underworld
R is for......
Rogue Cop - a 50s novel from William McGivern
|Rogue Cop (1954)|
From the station houses to the joy houses, they knew about Mike Carmody. He was the best cop money could buy, and when the Syndicate boys said jump, Carmody knew just how high. But they couldn't buy Carmody's kid brother Eddie--and when Eddie turned against them, the Mob snuffed him out like a nickel cigar. Now Carmody's coming after them--savage and bloodthirsty. He's stalking them down the city's darkened back alleys ... and straight into hell.
R is for......
Russia - I suppose I could have gone for Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series which I've enjoyed the first couple from - Gorky Park and Polar Star, but nah. I'll have a bit of Cold War Espionage from a Russian viewpoint
Julian Semyonov and Seventeen Moments of Spring - The Telegraph included it in a list of The 20 best spy novels of all time a few years ago.
|Seventeen Moments of Spring (1969)|
During World War II, Soviet super-agent Isaev races to foil a plot by Hitler's advisors to negotiate a separate peace with the West and to create a capitalist-fascist front against the Soviet Union."
Back with something S from the library, I bet you can hardly wait!
Previous Alphabet entries.....
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - A IS FOR.... AX, ABBOTT, ABERDEEN
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - B IS FOR ....... BOSTON, BIRD, BONES
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - C IS FOR.........CAPE TOWN, CONFIDENCE MEN, CROSS
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - D IS FOR ....... DETROIT, DISHER, DEAD
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - E IS FOR ....... EDINBURGH, EXCESS, ELLIS
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - F IS FOR ....... FLORIDA, FRANCIS, FLOATERS
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - G IS FOR ....... GALWAY, GUNS, GRAFTON
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - H IS FOR ....... HAMBURG, HAMMETT, HIDDEN RIVER
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - I IS FOR ....... ICE, ICELAND, IZZO
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - J IS FOR ....... JAPAN, JACK CARTER. JELLO SALAD
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - K IS FOR ....... KING, KOREA, KEEPER
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - L IS FOR ........ LE CRIME, LEONARD, LOS ANGELES
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - M IS FOR ........ MIAMI, MACKAY, MUCHO MOJO
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - N IS FOR ........ NORWAY, NISBET, NEMESIS
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - O IS FOR ........ OWEN, ONE NIGHT STANDS AND LOST WEEKENDS, OXFORD
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - P IS FOR ........ PARKER, PHILADELPHIA, PAYDIRT
CRIME FICTION ALPHABET - Q IS FOR ...... QUARRY, QUINLAN, Q ROAD