The first novel in a darkly funny London-based crime sequence that includes bisexual inner most detective Duffy.
When Brian McKechnie reveals his spouse attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed via a guy with a suspiciously erratic accessory, he engages the providers of London's most unique deepest eye - Duffy.
A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of ticking watches and a love of Tupperware, Duffy is whatever yet orthodox. yet he is highway clever, savvy and takes no nonsense from somebody. Intrigued by means of McKechnie's case and the ineptitude of his ex-colleagues at the police strength, Duffy heads to his outdated patch - the seedy underbelly of Soho - to start inquiries of his own.
Helped through a few shady characters from his previous, Duffy discovers that whereas issues have replaced in his previous stomping flooring, the streets are nonetheless suggest and the crooks stroll arm in arm with the blues.
Full to bursting with intercourse, violence and dodgy dealings, DUFFY is a gripping and wonderful crime novel with a noticeably varied and completely lovely anti-hero.
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While the 1st taxi didn’t cease, he easily waved a five-pound notice on the driving force of the second one and instructed him to take him to Carol’s. Eddy definitely wouldn’t imagine that it was once Duffy who had performed him. no longer right away, no less than. Duffy was once convinced Jeggo hadn’t had time to determine him. yet Eddy may paintings it out via strategy of removing. He could attach Duffy’s defense enterprise with the truth that an individual had bypassed the burglar alarm on his aspect room. And he may get a hold of a reputation even as he realised what he had misplaced. What had he stated that point? nice males have their libraries. Eddy had his documents and tapes and movies and Polaroids. merely Eddy didn’t have them any longer. wisdom is energy; and with no that room gigantic Eddy Martoff was once going to be not more than simply one other pushy Soho villain. Duffy didn’t are looking to be round while Martoff realised that. He didn’t wish to give some thought to Martoff operating his finger down the phone listing for Duffy’s domestic handle. So Duffy wouldn’t return to his Paddington flat, no longer for whatever. at least, after burglaries there wasn’t a lot left there that he valued. every thing used to be replaceable: outfits, instruments, tv set. there have been a number of final activities, in fact, sooner than Duffy disappeared into one other a part of London. As he sat within the taxi he felt front of his anorak. The records made him glance pregnant. He’d taken : Sullivan’s and McKechnie’s. within the morning, after he’d slept with them less than his pillow, he’d pop not far away and feature Sullivan’s Xeroxed. 5 copies. He didn’t fear loads approximately McKechnie; yet Sullivan wasn’t getting away. Then he’d pack the records up, enclose the tape and transcripts Bell might have dropped at Carol’s by way of now, and ship them off to AIO. He didn’t understand what AIO might do approximately McKechnie – most likely go the dossier on – yet he knew what they’d do approximately Sullivan. And simply to ensure that they knew what they have been going to do approximately Sullivan, he’d ship off 4 of the Xerox copies to crime desks in Fleet road. The 5th he’d maintain for himself. it's going to see Sullivan strong for 5 years not less than, looking on which pass judgement on he drew. while Duffy obtained to Carol’s, she used to be nonetheless up. The package deal from Bell was once at the kitchen desk. She hadn’t noticeable Duffy so joyful for months. He grinned at her, pressed his file-stuffed anorak opposed to her and gave her a kiss. Then he checked out her oddly, shook his head an inch or , and stated, ‘Sorry’. Sorry, she intended he intended, should you misinterpreted that. yet she didn’t ask. She didn’t ask both what he were doing, or why he desired to remain the evening this night, or why she had needed to get rid of her date. She didn’t ask, simply because she fairly didn’t need to know. All she stated to him used to be, ‘Duffy, i presumed you're hungry, so I’ve obtained us a few bread and cheese. ’ He regarded up, then without notice appeared misplaced in reminiscence. He used to be considering the previous few days, in regards to the fears and the anger; he was once considering the cubicle on the Aladdin’s Lamp, and the skinny copper cord wrapped threateningly round him.