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realizes that his unresolved past is connected to that his unresolved past is connected to McKechnie caseIn spite 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 bunch of peep show girls and there s Conscience and Memory even a gang boss whose taste for decorating could be amusing if he weren t so vicious Duffy once worked vice but now he s just another customer cruising through the tacky sex shops of Soho where sex isn t glamorous orven Pansy Vol. 6 exciting it s just damn hard work If you re the type who s offended by the Blue World then this is not a book for you if however you have no problem with Duffy attending and sharing details of peep shows and moronic porn films then you maynjoy this off beat PI taleAt one point Duffy sits in on a porn film and his description of the thin ridiculous plot is really very funny but best of all for this reader is Duffy s Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods explanations for just how a copper becomes corrupt Stillvery year around the Golden Mile brought different temptations He knew how it happened you didn t take the free booze Elizabeth I even ifveryone lse did you didn t take the first girl you got offered you turned down the smokes and the snort and then something uite trivial happened like you asked for a couple of days to pay at the bookie s uite suddenly the place had got you it wasn t place had got you It wasn t that there was a particular gang always on the look out to bend coppers though sometimes there was it was somehow the place that got you It was one suare mile of pressure and veryone 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 and whistles of PI work but nevertheless he takes his job very seriously The novel argues that working vice stepping in a world in which Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education every imaginable desire is for sale is a corruptingnvironment which will stain any copper who lingers there long nough I read this book Enjoyable stuff I picked it because the author is a pseudonym of Julian Barnes whose Sense of an Ending I loved so much recently This is uite a tame affair which I ought to have xpected from a literary author. Ual The Baby Swap Miracle ex policeman with a phobia of ticking watches and a penchant for Tupperware But what he lacks in orthodoxy he makes up for in street smart savvy and no nonsense dealings Intrigued by McKechnie's dilemma and the apparent incompetency of hisx colleagues Duffy heads to his old patch the seedy underbelly of Soho to begin inuiries of his ownHelped by so. Despite some occasional instances of
violence Duffy seemed like a cosy mystery to me Laid back in many ways the Duffy seemed like a cosy mystery to me Laid back in many ways the are charmingly inept Nick Duffy is a former cop left under a cloud turned private security ntrepreneur running on a shoestring laconic Even the police seem laid back or ven obtuse on occasion Yet I raced through the story unable to set it aside I read this because Kavanagh is a pseudonym of Julian Barnes whose writing I admire This however is
not specially great It is a 1980 detective story involving a seedy private especially great It is a 1980 detective story involving a seedy private writing I admire This however is not specially great It is a 1980 detective story involving a seedy private called Duffy the area around Soho in London and a fairly lightweight tale of protection money prostitution rather gratuitous use of fluid sexuality and crime in Croydon It spawned a short series based on the character of Duffy None of the characters are in any way sympathetic and it feels somewhat contrived No real tension or anticipation of the nding which rather fizzled out Shan t bother with any in the series I njoyed this book was hovering between three and four starsIt s not really a mystery of a detective story There s no revelations just Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation events and itnds 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 Gender Justice exist but no one knows one so I was glad to read this and the book has merit for that aloneThe other 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 of this has been upgraded or lost and the book is a great time period of the illicit side of 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 other than Julian Barnes and when you consider how serious his recent novel is you realise that an author s writing life consists of very specific phases I ve been a fan 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 probablyxplains why the tone reminded me so much of 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 Generations and Collective Memory enemies whatsoever is tied up and cut by two men It s a very professional jobxcept 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 office Under the threat of additional violence McKechnie is then systematically sueezed for cash it seems to be a case 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 rratic accent is blackmailing him When the police fail spectacularly at finding out who's after him McKechnie ngages the services of London's most unusual private yeDuffy is a detective like no other A bisex. ,
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But was a tad disappointing for a crime novel Some great characters though and an interesting plot though the nding 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 of the twentieth century Duffy has 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 face of not much screen time and What These Characters Usually Are of not much screen time and What These Characters Usually Are 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 BarnesI meanDan Kavanagh This was a good story and my first by this author but it wasn t the kind of intriguing hard to solve mystery that I normally likeEveryone in the story was kind of seedy to a greater or lesser degree and not in a lovable rogue kind of way Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America either None of the characters were particularly appealing no heroes here just a group of shady cops and shady criminals trying to outwitach other and yet working alongside ach 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 kind of bad image that British policing had in the UK in the ighties Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) especially in the citiesDuffy is anx cop He was pushed out of his job for crossing the line Not the thical lines the police should have but the unethical lines of loyalty and not making waves for his superiors Four years later finds him running his own security company and allowing things to tick on His life is flat He
has no xpectations or hope he does what ver comes along to do his relationship if you can call it thatno xpectations or hope he does what Foraging for Survival ever comes along to do his relationship if you can call it that 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 andmploys him to find out who is behind the threatsAnd Duffy does find out in a rather low key I d rather be Fragments elsewhere kind of way But Duffy also discovers other things some of which show him who was behind the stitch up that cost him his career in the policeIt was anxcellent narration with all the menace
Of Dirty Policing Anddirty policing and seedier side of London coming to life It also Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries evoked thearly ighties specially 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 on the tube for thatAll in all it was a good story but I felt it was too asily solved and I wanted of a mystery with much convoluted twists and turns Still a good read though or good listen as the the case may be We are all very lucky that Julian Barnes decided not to stick with writing thrillers this one is uite good though Here s a little interview in case you re interested Julian Barnes on 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 ntertaining crime novel with a distinctly different and ntirely lovable anti hero.