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Fiddle City

(Duffy #2)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The second crime novel by Dan Kavanagh. Duffy explores shading dealings at London's Heathrow Airport.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Harper Perennial (first published October 1st 1981)
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Sandra
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the character of Duffy himself, odd and solitary, and the humour of his thought-processes that make him and his activities so compelling. There is always a teetering sense of possible failure which adds to the tension. Though I'm going to have to re-read the ending before I can be sure what happened, so subtle and smoky was it.
Vderevlean
Restanțe la romane citite anul acesta:

Volumul 2 din seria lui Kavanagh (Julian Barnes în fapt) nu e la fel de grozav ca primul din serie, însă păstrează cinismul și inteligența personajului principal. Se simte un pic că autorul pare mai deștept decât personajele sale :)

În fine, trafic de droguri, ghinion, un Duffy blazat, mereu în căutare de amanți sau amante de o noapte, ceva violență și o traducerea destul de bună. Blazarea personajului principal se simte puțin și în intriga romanului care cur
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Merilee
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Dan Kavanagh is actually Julian Barnes. This is a sequel to his sort of detective novel Duffy. I like the regular Julian Barnes much better.
Jim
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Maybe there was an entirely innocent explanation. There never was, in Duffy's experience; but try."

The ending faltered so that I should give it three; overall I really liked it, so it got four. Well researched about smuggling and informative about the mindset of cops and criminals...

"And no doubt he could have concluded that crime in it's funny way, does pay. That would be just as logical, wouldn't it? And the logic would continue with the idea: it pays even more if you don't get caught. Duffy
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Jonathan
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
More hard-hitting, but pleasingly realistic investigation from bisexual, ex-policeman and current security firm boss (and sole employee) Duffy. This reissue is from 1981, with inherent references to the joys of pre-internet and mobile phone life. It's surprising anything got done to be honest - but at least he didn't waste his time surfing the net, and with only 3 tv channels too. Anyway this story sees Duffy take on a case involving dodgy freight shipments coming into Heathrow, after the car of ...more
Florin Pitea
Jan 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mildly funny, here and there, but mostly boring. Definitely on the way out of my library.
Stela
Mai putin antrenant decît primul volum - lumea traficantilor de droguri nu mi s-a parut asa de bine reconstituita ca lumea prostituatelor din primul volum, dar suficient de interesant, totusi încît sa ma faca sa vreau sa citesc si a treia carte din serie.
Dave
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good procedural with lots of tips you might find interesting if you like true crime stuff
Tim Trewartha
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Second book in the Duffy series. Not quite as good as the first (or as grotty), but still an entertaining read. Set at Heathrow Airport. Round this one up to 3.5 stars, if you please.
Alicia
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining and well written but I enjoyed the first book in the series much better.
Mark Harris
The second of four “Duffy” detective novels by Julian Barnes writing as Dan Kavanagh.
Lizzy Baldwin
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
As the blurb suggests the book follows the hard-hitting but exciting investigation from the bisexual, ex-policemen and security firm owner/only employee Duffy. Hired by Roy Hendricks, following an almost hookup in a gay bar, Duffy is required to help Hendricks who is fed up with his freight going missing and his customers getting pretty annoyed. One of Hendricks employees has had a rather terrible accident on the M4 and so there’s a vacancy for Duffy. It soon becomes apparent there are a number ...more
mstan
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
A surprisingly readable private eye story about smuggling at the Heathrow Airport, featuring the bisexual 'security' man Duffy. I had to request for this book from the Repository Used Book Collection at the library, and it looked so unattractive and old (the correct cover page is not the one pictured here) I was apprehensive. But Julian Barnes rises to the occasion and presents pretty interesting facts about working in the airport and how to pick out suspicious-looking characters (do a random so ...more
Hatice
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Duffy serisinin ilk kitabı kadar olmasa da beğendim. Sona doğru olayların çözümlenmesinde açıklanmayan hususlar, okuyucunun yorumuna bırakılmış. Daha iyi bir final bekliyordum açıkçası... Fakat uyuşturucu baronlarının mallarını gümrükten akıl almaz geçirme yöntemleri insanı dehşete uğratıyor !
B
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
FM One of several mysteries I've read by Dan Kavanagh, which is an alias for Julian Barnes, one of my favorite British writers. His mysteries are dark, full of drugs, sex, etc. but very funny as well.
Daniel Sevitt
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series
Not as good as the first Duffy, but quaint enough for an afternoon's distraction.
Riley Reinhold
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
you will also like this one if you are a fan!
Robert
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Not as enjoyable as the eponymous first book in the Duffy series but pleasant enough. The unresolved ending was ambiguous both for the character and the reader.
Wilde Sky
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
A detective investigates a series of thefts at Heathrow and discovers something more sinister.

The story and writing were reasonable, but a lit dated (in my opinion).
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Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo, Ireland, in 1946. He has been an entertainment officer on a Japanese supertanker, a waiter on roller skates at a drive-in eatery in Tucson, and a bouncer in a gay bar in San Francisco. He lives in Islington, North London, and works in jobs that (with mild paranoia) he declines to specify. Pseudonym of Julian Barnes.

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