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.
Dan Kavanagh effortlessly jumped to the top of the crime writer's league
"Duffy is a wonderfully appealing character who could never be anything but the creation of a top-flight imagination."
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.
Marvellously aerated by bubbles of Mr Kavanagh's very dry, sly, wide-ranging and Eighties humour
Treat yourself. One of the most colourful and entertaining English thrillers
The characterization is exact, the action gripping, and the writing pleasantly ironic
The laughs are as many as the gasps
Funny, sleazy, fast-paced and written with brio
It is bleak, but it is good. Really good.
"Barnes takes Duffy into the dark underbelly of Soho, with his customary wit."
Exciting, funny and refreshingly nasty