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The first novel in a darkly funny London-based crime sequence that includes bisexual deepest detective Duffy.

When Brian McKechnie reveals his spouse attacked, his cat killed, and himself blackmailed by means of a guy with a suspiciously erratic accessory, he engages the prone of London's most unique inner most eye - Duffy.

A bisexual ex-policeman with a phobia of ticking watches and a love of Tupperware, Duffy is something yet orthodox. yet he is highway clever, savvy and takes no nonsense from a person. Intrigued via McKechnie's case and the ineptitude of his ex-colleagues at the police strength, Duffy heads to his outdated patch - the seedy underbelly of Soho - to start inquiries of his own.

Helped by way of a few shady characters from his prior, Duffy discovers that whereas issues have replaced in his outdated stomping flooring, the streets are nonetheless suggest and the crooks stroll arm in arm with the blues.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 pretty varied and completely cute anti-hero.

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No seen cause, you’ll agree? ’ ‘None that i will see. ’ ‘And a very vicious crime. now not forgetting the cat, in fact. Now the matter is, paintings of a maniac, pair of maniacs, or no longer? If it have been simply the cat, I’d say convinced. There are a few lovely in poor health humans approximately. I’ve recognized maniacs toss cats off excessive structures, only for kicks. yet spitting and roasting, that’s anything new to me. What approximately you, Willett? ’ His colleague proposal for a section concerning the crimes opposed to tom cats that he’d encounter. ‘I’ve had drownings, and I’ve had, you recognize, mutilations,’ he answered. ‘I’ve heard a few jerry-can activity, yet that was once a while in the past. not anything like this. ’ ‘But then you definitely see, sir,’ went on Bayliss, ‘the harm in your spouse appeared deliberate, didn’t it? I suggest, they knew her identify, they appeared to recognize while she’d be in, and, if you’ll excuse me, they knew precisely what they meant to do to her. Didn’t they? ’ ‘You’re the specialists. ’ ‘Yes, i guess we're. type of you to claim so, sir. So what I’m using at, sir, is purpose. Now, Willett, what did Mrs McKechnie say they acknowledged approximately this Stanley fellow? ’ Willett opened his pc and became again a number of pages. ‘Something like, “Time for Stanley”, she acknowledged she notion the tall one acknowledged. ’ ‘“Time for Stanley”. nearly sounds as though he used to be letting the opposite one unfastened. type of letting him off the leash, virtually. recognize any Stanleys, sir? ’ ‘My uncle, but…’ ‘No, relatively. not anyone else? ’ ‘Afraid now not. ’ ‘All correct. Now, let’s flip to the simple one. Who’s Barbara? ’ ‘I’ve no inspiration. ’ ‘You somewhat a women’ guy, are you, sir? ’ ‘What do you suggest? in no way. ’ ‘Never performed round in any respect, sir? you want to have had your possibilities, in the event you don’t brain the word. by no means stepped out of line? ’ ‘Certainly no longer. I’m fifty-five. I had a middle assault final 12 months. I should still imagine the workout may kill me. ’ (It used to be precise, Barbara and he did need to take it a piece effortless every now and then; it'd be an effective way to move, he used to imagine, if purely he have been in a position to face the embarrassment. even though in fact, he most likely wouldn’t be there to stand it. ) ‘So you and Mrs McKechnie…? ’ Bayliss was once without doubt concerning the truth that Rosie had her personal bed room. ‘Since you appear to get a kick out of figuring out that kind of factor, the answer’s no, really, we don’t any longer. We’re nonetheless nice associates, even though. ’ ‘I don’t doubt it sir, now not for a minute. Now what approximately your spouse? Does she…have any callers? ’ ‘What the hell makes you're thinking that you’ve obtained the perfect to invite that kind of query? My wife’s been knifed, she hasn’t been raped. Why don’t you search for the weapon or anything? What in the world is the purpose of this kind of wondering? ’ ‘Well, you don’t continuously understand that until you get the solutions. So, no Stanley, no Barbara; no fannying approximately; and what approximately this individual referred to as the Boss? ’ ‘Could be a person. Everyone’s received a chairman. ’ ‘I think that’s real, Mr McKechnie. It’s a humorous story even though, isn’t it? I suggest, listed here are those those who holiday into your home, attack your spouse, kill your cat, and point out 3 people’s names, and no-one turns out to understand something approximately any of them.

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