Fiddle City is a novel by Julian Barnes writing under the pseudonym of Dan Kavanagh. It is the second of a four-novel series featuring Duffy, a bisexual private detective with a 'phobia of ticking watches and a penchant for Tupperware'.[2] Originally published by Jonathan Cape in 1981, it was republished by Orion books in 2014.[1]

Fiddle City
First edition
AuthorDan Kavanagh
(pseudonym of Julian Barnes)
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherJonathan Cape[1]
Publication date
1 Oct 1981
Media typePrint
Preceded byDuffy 
Followed byPutting the Boot In 

Plot introductionEdit

Heathrow Airport has the nickname of Fiddle City, but for Roy Kendrick who runs a transport business out of the airport, petty thievery has got out of hand as a number of shipments have gone astray and he employs Duffy to investigate. Conveniently McKay, one of Kendrick's employees has recently had a near-fatal car crash on the M4 and Duffy steps into his shoes and works undercover in Kendrick's warehouse. Duffy feels himself being watched by Mrs Boseley the dour HR manager as he uncovers evidence of cocaine smuggling.


David Montrose found the novel less impressive than Duffy, though interesting in some ways.[3] Richard Brown praised the way in which Fiddle City provides 'vivid low-life detail'.[4]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  2. ^ Duffy (Duffy 1): Dan Kavanagh: 9781409150176: Books Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  3. ^ David Montrose, 'Julian Barnes', in D. L. Kirkpatrick (ed.) Contemporary Novelists, 4th edn (London: St James Press), p69.
  4. ^ Richard Brown, 'Julian Barnes', in Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer (eds), Contemporary Novelists, 7th edn (New York: St James Press, 1996; updated byTobias Wachinger, 2001), p78.