Winner of the CWA Creasey award for Best First Mystery of 1977 Lovejoy has a strictly thieves’ code of honor, he does repulsive things to food, and he’s a brute to his (many) girlfriends. But what he doesn’t know about antiques isn’t worth knowing, which has earned him a certain grudging respect among the grifters and antique-dealers of East Anglia. And it could earn him a glorious, wallet-fattening commission. A mysterious collector with money to burn wants Lovejoy to find the notorious “Judas pair,” a matched set of flintlock dueling pistols. They were made in the 18th century, the last of a scant handful of sets crafted by a brilliantly talented artisan. They were most recently used to murder the collector’s brother. As Lovejoy sees it, there is only one small problem: The legendary Judas pair never actually existed. Oh, and one other problem: The Judas pair may be strictly imaginary, mythical, an antique collector's version of the Philosopher’s Stone. But despite all that, someone is willing to kill to prevent Lovejoy from finding them. The 1st Lovejoy mystery
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'This story's about greed, desire, love and death - in the world of antiques you get the lot.' Lovejoy knows what he's talking about, for he is an antiques dealer himself with an irreverent inside view of the trade. He'll handle anything and everything, but his speciality is flintlock pistols. When he is approached by a rich, but obviously naive, collector with the request to obtain for him a pair so rare that the trade even doubts their existence, Lovejoy can only laugh. 'But the Judas Pair do exist,' cries the client. 'I've seen them. They killed my brother.' As Lovejoy embarks on the trail of both a murderer and a uniquely valuable pair of pistols, it is the beginning of a duel to the death.About the Author:
Jonathan Gash is the pen name ofJohn Grant, who also wrote under the name of Graham Gaunt. Born in 1933 in Bolton, Lancashire, Grant trained as a doctor and worked as both a GP and a pathologist. He also served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he rose to the rank of Major, and was head of bacteriology at the University of London's School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His first Lovejoy novel, The Judas Pair, won the Crime Writers' Association prestigious John Creasey award in 1977. Grant lives in Colchester, Essex.
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Book Description Collins Crime, 1977. Book Condition: Good. First American Edition. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP67493259
Book Description Collins Crime, 1977. Book Condition: Fair. First American Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90348842
Book Description Collins Crime Club, London, 1977. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. 1st Edition. Fair, Ex-library, shelfwear, spine crease, tape stains to boards & endpapers, FFEP removed, pocket on front pastedown, cancelled stamp, small accession stamp on title page; some soiling in the text & across the edges of the text block/Fair, edgewear, small chips, flaking, 2 perforations, 2 tears, tape stains. The first 'Lovejoy' mystery novel. Jacket photo by Derrick Witty. Scan on request. Bookseller Inventory # 017625
Book Description Collins, 1989. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Blue boards with gilt titles to the spine. Clean pages. Jacket is not clipped. Firm square binding. Bookseller Inventory # 4069
Book Description Collins Crime Club, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Red boards with gilt titles to the spine. Clean pages. Jacket is not clipped. 1st edition. Bookseller Inventory # 2901
Book Description HARPER & ROW., NY, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. First American Edition. Fine in a Vg.+ or better dj. (Rubbing at spine & edges of dj.) FIRST Lovejoy novel. Bookseller Inventory # 4334
Book Description Collins, London, 1977. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 210pp. Page edges very lightly foxed. Light crease to lower corner of front free end-paper. Red cloth boards in dust-jacket with original price intact. The jacket, with extremely light edge-wear, has a 'Crime Club Special' sticker, as issued, at the lower corner of the front panel. Some very light toning to jacket, as usual. First printing of the fhe first novel in the Lovejoy series featuring a 'lovable' antique dealing rogue. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 016549