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Duffy : Book 1 - Dan Kavanagh

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The first novel in a darkly humorous London-based crime series featuring bisexual private detective Duffy.

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 finding out who's after him, McKechnie engages the services of London's most unusual private eye.

Duffy is a detective like no other. A bisexual 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 his ex-colleagues, 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 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 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.

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.

Exciting, funny and refreshingly nasty

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

ISBN: 9781409150176
ISBN-10: 1409150178
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 24th June 2014
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1