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Duffy by Dan Kavanagh
  

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Way back in 1980, Julian Barnes started writing a crime series under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. Duffy is a bi-sexual ex-detective turned security manager who takes on a case as a private investigator because it will thrust him back into Soho’s seediness and enable him to seek answers to an incident which changed his life. A violent and sexual book it is a gritty look at the murky corners of a dark era.

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Synopsis

Duffy by Dan Kavanagh

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.

Reviews

'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'

About the Author

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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Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Dan Kavanagh

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781409150183

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