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Duffy

By Dan Kavanagh

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The first novel in a darkly humorous London-based crime series featuring bisexual private detective Duffy.

The first novel in a darkly humorous London-based crime series featuring bisexual private detective Duffy.

When Brian McKechnie finds his wife attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed by a man with a suspiciously erratic accent, he engages the services of London's most unusual private eye - Duffy.

A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of ticking watches and a love of Tupperware, Duffy is anything but orthodox. But he's street smart, savvy and takes no nonsense from anyone. Intrigued by McKechnie's case and the ineptitude of his ex-colleagues on the police force, Duffy heads to his old patch - the seedy underbelly of Soho - to begin inquiries of his own.

Helped by some shady characters from his past, Duffy discovers that while things have changed in his old stomping ground, the streets are still mean and the crooks walk arm in arm with the blues.

Full to bursting with sex, violence and dodgy dealings, DUFFY is a gripping and entertaining crime novel with a distinctly different and entirely lovable anti-hero.

Biographical Notes

Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo in 1946. Having devoted his adolescence to truancy, venery and petty theft, he left home at 17 and signed on as a deckhand on a Liberian tanker. After jumping ship at Montevideo, he roamed across the Americas taking a variety of jobs: he was a steer-wrestler, a waiter-on-roller-skates at a drive-in eatery in Tucson, and a bouncer in a gay bar in San Francisco. He is currently working in London at jobs he declines to specify, and lives in north Islington.

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  • ISBN: 9781409150183
  • Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: Orion
"Duffy is a wonderfully appealing character who could never be anything but the creation of a top-flight imagination." — DAILY MAIL
Funny, sleazy, fast-paced and written with brio — GUARDIAN
"Barnes takes Duffy into the dark underbelly of Soho, with his customary wit." — CATHOLIC HERALD
It is bleak, but it is good. Really good. — Scott Pack, ME AND MY BIG MOUTH
Duffy is not your typical detective - and this is not your typical detective novel. It's gripping, witty and sometimes horrible and hysterical at the same time...Julian Barnes's foray into the crime genre is an absolute riot - and the good news is there are three more reissues featuring Nick Duffy to look forward to over the next 12 months. — CRIME FICTION LOVER
There is plenty of goodwill for his witty books featuring his bisexual sleuth, even though the lashing of sex and violence are a world away from Barnes' customary endeavors. — INDEPENDENT
Exciting, funny and refreshingly nasty — Martin Amis
The characterization is exact, the action gripping, and the writing pleasantly ironic — THE TIMES
Dan Kavanagh effortlessly jumped to the top of the crime writer's league — SPECTATOR
Treat yourself. One of the most colourful and entertaining English thrillers — EVENING STANDARD
The laughs are as many as the gasps — FINANCIAL TIMES
Marvellously aerated by bubbles of Mr Kavanagh's very dry, sly, wide-ranging and Eighties humour — SUNDAY TIMES
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