(pseudonym of Julian Barnes)
|3 Jul 1980|
|Followed by||Fiddle City|
Duffy, is a novel by Julian Barnes writing under the pseudonym of Dan Kavanagh. It is the first of a four-novel series featuring the title character Duffy, a bisexual private detective and ex-policeman with a 'phobia of ticking watches and a penchant for Tupperware'.  Originally published by Jonathan Cape in 1980, it was republished by Orion books in 2014.
In the quiet Surrey village of West Byfleet two masked men break into Brian McKechnie's house, cut his wife and spit roast his cat. This leads to blackmail and McKechnie goes to the local police but finds them strangely uninterested and so he hires Duffy to investigate. The investigator uses his contacts in the seedy Soho underworld to identify those responsible and finds they have links to his ex-colleagues in the police, and to his own dismissal from their ranks four years earlier after being set-up for underage homosexual sex.
John Sutherland in the London Review of Books writes, "Duffy’s principal attraction is a kind of voyeurism on voyeurism, as the hero investigates the square mile’s ‘saunas’, peepshows and sex shops. The report which the novel offers as to what goes on in these establishments is given in a callously brutal and tasteless rhetoric"
- Official website
- Julian Barnes's pseudonymous detective novels stay under cover | Books | The Guardian
- www.amazon.co.uk Retrieved 2019-05-02.
- Duffy (Duffy 1): Amazon.co.uk: Dan Kavanagh: 9781409150176: Books Retrieved 2019-05-04.
- John Sutherland reviews ‘Duffy’ by Dan Kavanagh, ‘Moscow Gold’ by John Salisbury, ‘The Middle Ground’ by Margaret Drabble and ‘The Boy Who Followed Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith · LRB 17 July 1980 Retrieved 2019-05-03.