(E–pub/Pdf) [Duffy author Dan Kavanagh] By Dan Kavanagh
I read this because Kavanagh is
a seudonym ofpseudonym of Barnes whose writing I admire This however is not especially great It is a 1980 detective story involving a seedy rivate detective called Duffy the area around Soho in London and a fairly lightweight tale of The Hiding Place protection moneyrostitution 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 Duffy None of the characters are in any way and it feels somewhat contrived No real tension or anticipation of the ending which rather fizzled out Shan t bother with any in the series I read this book 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 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 BarnesI meanDan Kavanagh Despite some occasional instances of violence Duffy seemed like a cosy mystery to me Laid back in many ways the characters are charmingly inept Nick Duffy is a former cop left under a cloud turned rivate security entrepreneur running on a shoestring laconic Even the olice seem laid back or even obtuse on occasion Yet I raced through the story unable to set it aside Duffy the first novel in a British PI series from author Dan Kavanagh caught my attention mainly because Kavanagh is the en 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 hases I ve been a fan of Barnes for many years loved Flaubert s Parrot and Staring I loved this. 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 The Elephants Journey police fail spectacularly at finding out who's after him McKechnie engages the services of London's most unusualrivate eyeDuffy is a detective like no other A bisex. If Dan Kavanagh were a band he would be my new favourite band and this his debut album is an unmitigated Triumph We Are All Very We are all
VERY THAT JULIAN BARNES DECIDED NOT TO STICK WITHthat Julian Barnes decided not to stick with 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 I enjoyed this book was hovering between three and four starsIt s not really a mystery of a detective story There s no revelations just events and it ends abruptlyOn the ositive 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 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 Changing Face of the Hero period The book is set in very late 1970 s London and specifically in the sex trade Duffy includes visits to blue movie clubs massagearlours 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 The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry period of the illicit side of London lifeNot rushing to read the next in the series butrobably will Enjoyable stuff I StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story picked it because the author is aseudonym of Julian Barnes whose Sense of an Ending I loved so much recently This is uite a tame affair which I ought to have expected from a literary author but was a tad disappointing for a crime novel Some great characters though and an interesting It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life plot though the ending felt rather rushed 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 either None. Ual exoliceman with a Lignin Biodegradation phobia of ticking watches and aenchant 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 his ex colleagues Duffy heads to his old atch the seedy underbelly of Soho to begin inuiries of his ownHelped by so. Of the characters were articularly appealing no heroes here just a group of shady cops and shady criminals trying to outwit each other and yet working alongside each 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 olicing had in the UK in the eighties especially in the citiesDuffy is an ex cop He was ushed out of his job for crossing the line Not the ethical lines the olice should have but the unethical of loyalty 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 expectations or 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 Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pressured by some shady character and the client who is by no means an uprighterson wants the A (kinda) Country Christmas pressure to stop Having gone to theolice and not getting much help the client turns to Duffy and employs him To Find Out Who find out who behind the threatsAnd Duffy does find out in a rather low key I d rather be 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 oliceIt was an excellent narration with all the menace of dirty olicing and the seedier side of London coming to life It also evoked the early eighties especially when Duffy agree to work for twenty ounds 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 easily 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. Me shady characters from his ast 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. .