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Despite some ccasional instances f violence DUFFY SEEMED LIKE A COSY MYSTERY seemed like a cosy mystery me Laid back in many ways the characters are charmingly inept Nick Duffy is a former cop left under a cloud turned private security entrepreneur running n a shoestring laconic Even the police seem laid back Serving Sera or evenbtuse Samurai! onccasion Yet I raced through the story unable to set it aside I read this because Kavanagh is a pseudonym f Julian Barnes whose writing I admire This is not especially read this Kavanagh is a pseudonym f Julian Barnes whose writing I admire This however is not especially It is a 1980 detective story involving a seedy private detective called Duffy the area around Soho in London and a fairly lightweight tale f protection money prostitution rather gratuitous use f fluid sexuality and crime in Croydon It spawned a short series based Solea on the characterf Duffy None By the Light of the Moon of the characters are in any way sympathetic and it feels somewhat contrived No real tensionr anticipation Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep of the ending which rather fizzledut Shan t bother with any in the series I enjoyed this book was hovering between three and four starsIt s not really a mystery Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) of a detective story There s no revelations just events and it ends abruptlyOn the positive side this is I believe the first book I have read with a bisexual narrator Bisexuals seem a bit like unicorns in that they supposedly exist but none knows Lambs of God one so I was glad to read this and the book has merit for that aloneThether thing I liked was the location and time period The book is set in very late 1970 s London and specifically in the sex trade Duffy includes visits to blue movie clubs massage parlours and booths where you stick a coin in and get to see a naked lady for a few moments I would imagine much Morte a credito of this has been upgradedr lost and the book is a great time period OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of the illicit sidef London lifeNot rushing to read the next in the series but probably will Duffy the first novel in a British PI series from author Dan Kavanagh caught my attention mainly because Kavanagh is the pen name for none Keely and Du other than Julian Barnes and when you consider how serious his recent novel is you realise that an author s writing life consistsf very specific phases I ve been a fan Mill Hill of Barnes for many years loved Flaubert s Parrot and Staring at the Sun so Julian Barnes writing a crime series I m in The series was published back in the 80s and that probably explains why the tone reminded me so muchf Before She Met Me a Barnes novel published back in 1982 Duffy begins very strongly with a bizarre home invasion Mrs McKechnie a middle class woman who would seem to have no enemies whatsoever is tied up and cut by two men It s a very professional job except for what happens to the cat and the incident seems to be a message for Brian McKechnie a London businessman who sells party items at his drab little London Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost office Under the threatf additional violence McKechnie is then systematically sueezed for cash it seems to be a case This Poison Will Remain of blackmail as the perps know that McKechnie s mistress who doubled as his secretary but if it s simple blackmail then why the home invasion and the. Things aren't going so well for Brian McKechnie His wife was attacked in their home his cat was brutally killed and now a man with a suspiciously erratic accent is blackmailing him When the police fail spectacularly at findingut who's after him McKechnie engages the services Un eroe dei nostri tempi of London's most unusual private eyeDuffy is a detective like nother A bisex. Violence towards McKechnie s innocent albeit dull wife The local Guildford police are mystified by the case and consider the incident the work Geldsack of a maniac pairf maniacs while the London police Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing obviously don t give a toss Enter PI Duffy a bisexual ex copper set upn vice charges and drummed The Secret of the Glass outf the force in disgraceLife for Duffy has been going downhill since he left the force He s hobbled together a PI firm that mostly dabbles in petty jobs and while he manages to pay the rent his relationship with his girlfriend Carol never recovered When he s contacted by McKechnie to investigate the identity Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes of the man behind the pressure Duffy steps back to Sohon to his The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) old turf hookers peep shows porno films and porn mag shops andnce Duffy starts digging he realizes that his unresolved past is connected to the McKechnie caseIn spite Lions and Tigers and Snares of its subject matter Duffy has a light ironic and amusing tone This is partly Kavanagh s style but it s also the colorful characters who step across Duffy s path Everyone in the sex biz is a professional here and that includes an aging workhorse hooker and a motley bunchf Peep Show Girls And There show girls and there even a gang boss whose taste for decorating could be amusing if he weren t so vicious Duffy nce worked vice but now he s just another customer cruising through the tacky sex shops f Soho where sex isn t glamorous Fox Play or even exciting it s just damn hard work If you re the type who sffended by the Blue World then this is not a book for you if however you have no problem with Duffy attending and sharing details Star Wars: Lando of peep shows and moronic porn films then you may enjoy thisff beat PI taleAt Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture one point Duffy sits inn a porn film and his description f the thin ridiculous plot is really very funny but best f all for this reader is Duffy s explanations for just how a copper becomes corrupt Still every year around the Golden Mile brought different temptations He knew how it happened you didn t take the free booze even if everyone else did you didn t take the first girl you got Aria Appassionata offered you turned down the smokes and the snort and then something uite trivial happened like you asked for a couplef days to pay at the bookie s uite suddenly the place had got you It wasn t necessarily that there was a particular gang always n the look ut to bend coppers though sometimes there was it was somehow the place that got you It was The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer one suare milef pressure and everyone had a weak pointDuffy a man with a fetish for neatness makes an interesting series character He knows how to BS the punters who want all the bells
whistles Betrayed, Betrothed and Bedded of PI work but he takes his job very seriously The novel argues that working vice stepping in a world in which every imaginable desire is for sale is a corrupting environment which will stain any copper who lingers there long enough I read this book Enjoyable stuff I picked it because the author is a pseudonymf Julian Barnes whose Sense Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems 1792 of an Ending I loved so much recently This is uite a tame affair which Iught to have expected from a literary author. Ual ex policeman with a phobia Caught in the Net of ticking watches and a penchant for Tupperware But what he lacks inrthodoxy he makes up for in street smart savvy and no nonsense dealings Intrigued by McKechnie's dilemma and the apparent incompetency Blue Road to Atlantis of his ex colleagues Duffy heads to hisld patch the seedy underbelly Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica of Soho to begin inuiriesf his wnHelped by so. .
But was a tad disappointing for a crime novel Some great characters though and an interesting plot though the ending felt rather rushed I loved this If Dan Kavanagh were a band he would be my new favourite band and this his debut album is an unmitigated triumph This is Philip Marlowe for the latter half f the twentieth century duffy latter half Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese of the twentieth century Duffy a rude mouth an unruly libido and a knack for getting into trouble He also has an awesome sometimes girlfriend named Carol who flies in the facef not much screen time and What These Characters Usually Are to become my hands down favorite The situations were so gritty and nasty I ll never look at cheddar cheese the same way againNicely done Julian look at cheddar cheese the same way againNicely done Julian meanDan Kavanagh This was a good story and my first by this author but it wasn t the kind f intriguing hard to solve mystery that I normally likeEveryone in the story was kind f seedy to a greater Bad Land or lesser degree and not in a lovable rogue kindf way either None Lettere: 1942-1943 of the characters were particularly appealing no heroes here just a groupf shady cops and shady criminals trying to L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia outwit eachther and yet working alongside each The Fire of Origins other This book was written in 1980 and so it is unsurprising that it has a Sweeny feel to it is British yay and manages to capture the kindf bad image that British policing had in the UK in the eighties especially in the citiesDuffy is an ex cop He was pushed Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) outf his job for crossing the line Not the ethical lines the police should have but the unethical lines f loyalty and not making waves for his superiors Four years later finds him running his wn security company and allowing things to tick Escaping Me on His life is flat He has no expectationsr hope he does what ever comes along to do his relationship if you can call it that with Carol is at an impasse And then he gets a client who is being pressured by some shady character and the client who is by no means an upright person wants the pressure to stop Having gone to the police and not getting much help the client turns to Duffy and employs him to find Goodbye Marianne out who is behind the threatsAnd Duffy does findut in a rather low key I d rather be elsewhere kind The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 of way But Duffy also discoversther things some f which show him who was behind the stitch up that cost him his career in the policeIt was an excellent narration with all the MENACE OF DIRTY POLICING AND THE SEEDIER SIDE OF of dirty policing and the seedier side f coming to life It also evoked the early eighties especially when Duffy agree to work for twenty pounds a day Back then that must have been a good wage Today you would get a latte lunch and two trips The Unscratchables on the tube for thatAll in all it was a good story but I felt it was too easily solved and I wantedf a mystery with much convoluted twists and turns Still a good read though Therapy or good listen as the the case may be We are all very lucky that Julian Barnes decided not to stick with writing thrillers thisne is uite good though Here s a little interview in case you re interested Julian Barnes n writing thrillers as Dan Kavanagh I wrote my first thriller in ten days. Me shady characters from his past Duffy discover that while things have changed in the years since he was working the area the streets are still mean and the crooks walk arm in arm with the bluesFull 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. ,