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Putting the Boot In


Putting the Boot In, by Dan Kavanagh (Jonathan Cape, 1985)


Dan Kavanagh's third novel featuring Duffy. This time Duffy investigates the troubled world of England's Third Division football while also facing questions of his possible encounter with AIDS.

"Mr. Kavanagh makes even low-level professional soccer interesting, and brings the dialogue of inarticulate yobbos into a sparkling read, whatever it must sound like in the dressing-room." -- Christopher Pym, Punch


English Editions

Putting the Boot In. London: Jonathan Cape, 1985. £8.95. Print run: 2250.

Putting the Boot In. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987. Pp. 192. Text block was reprinted with a new dust jacket to match the other Dan Kavanagh volumes in the Penguin series.

The Duffy Omnibus. London: Penguin, 1991. Pp. 740. [Includes all four Kavanagh novels].

Putting the Boot In. London: Orion Publishing, 2014. [Hardback & Paperback issued].


Grobes Foul. Frankfurt: Ullstein Krimi, 1987. Pp. 156 [1]. Translated by Verena Schröder. (German).

De beuk erin. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1987. Pp. 196. Translated by Sjaak Commandeur. (Dutch).

Abblocken. München: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1989. Pp. 233. Translated by Verena Schröder. Other edition: Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1992. Pp. 233 [1].; * München: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1994. Pp. 233; * Reinbeck bei Hamburg: Rowohlt Taschenbuch, 2001. Pp. 222. (German).

Arrêt de jeu. Arles: Actes Sud, 1991. Pp. 296 [1]. Translated by Richard Matas. Other edition: 1993. Pp. 225 [1]. (French).

De pé em riste. Parede: Puma, 1992. Pp. 205. Translated by Paula Reis. (Portuguese - Portugal).

Die Duffy-Krimis. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1995. Pp. 712 [1]. Translated by Willi Winkler, Michael Bodmer, and Verena Schröder. [Includes all four Kavanagh novels]. (German).

Tekmeyi Yapistirmak. Istanbul: Ayrinti Yayinlari, 2001. Pp. 190. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kiroglu. (Turkish).

Duffy sau cu stangu-n dreptu (Putting the Boot In). Bucuresti: Nemira, 2005. Pp. 200. Translated by Gabriel Stoian. (Romanian).


Best, Nicholas. "Bullets Fly in Florida." Financial Times (London), 24 August 1985: X.

Peachment, Chris. "Going to the Dogs: Dan Kavanagh." Time Out, 10-16 October 1985: 16-17 [Interview with DK].

Pym, Christopher. "Thrillers." Punch, 22 January 1986: 46.

Fearnley, Kate. "Duffy." Gay Scotland, January-February 1986: 25.

Waugh, Harriet. "A Selection of Recent Thrillers." The Spectator, 22 February 1986: 28-30.

"Crime -- Putting the Boot In." The Listener 117. (25 June 1987): 35.


Copyright 2006-Present by Bob Ryan
President, Dan Kavanagh Fan Club
If you like Dan Kavanagh, try Julian Barnes.