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- Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (February 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J52FLPI
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But- none of the characters were very well-rounded, and so it was not as interesting as it could have ben.
Still- the plot kept me guessing!
Making a name as a serious literary author is a high wire act. JB conducted vast amounts of research for early books he had in mind, but whose outcomes and success were uncertain. Very stressful. Writing his Duffy Quartet was most probably a therapeutic release from the pressure of writing high-minded, intellectually-fulfilling novels where literature’s conventions could be ignored, the British establishment ridiculed and challenged by e.g. weird, new owners of country mansions reading tabloids rather than broadsheets, thus giving the thoughts and ambitions of stupid people a platform.
Finally, this volume begins with a dead dog thrown through the glass windows of one such mansion. Who did it and why? Enjoy! I will also read Dan Kavanagh’s “Putting the Boot in”, about crimes committed at a Third Division football club, possibly modelled on Leicester City, Julian Barnes favourite team in England's Premier League.
Warts & all, never a dull moment.
With a collection of potty-- I had to look the word up-- characters, the cynical Duffy has his work cut out for him. Some of his observations: "In the real world you married not for love but because someone else would have you." He wonders if there are "marriage enforcers" in the Yellow Pages. He is sometimes tempted by what he calls "upward sexual mobility." He opines that ex-cons, who would not steal dandruff from your collar are jumpy if "crept up on." He describes Angela as a "good-looking woman in need of a ten-thousand-mile service." It is deliciously ironic that Duffy likes to read highbrow restaurant reviews in a country famous for some of the worst cuisine ever tasted, Elizabeth David to the contrary not withstanding. He also gives brilliant interior monologues: example, how what we don't like cannot be simply something we hate; it is now a phobia. I was happy to see Duffy comment that "'all families go way back. I have just as many ancestors as the next man,'" something that Karl Marx said as well.
Stylish, witty, ribald and aptly named, GOING TO THE DOGS will tickle your funny bone.