'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.
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Every antique dealer is a bit of a detective, following clues to find the trophies that pay the rent, but when Lovejoy takes on the job of tracking down a pair of duelling pistols so rare that he's not even sure actually exist, he needs all the instincts of a detective to pick his way through an unsolved crime.Along the way, he becomes convinced that the weapons do exist but that they have fallen into the hands of a vile murderer. Locating the ancient weapons seems like the least of his problems when Lovejoy then finds himself fighting for his life in a duel to the death!Review:
Taking on the energy of revenge, his quest builds up to an exciting and surprising climax. Of Seventies vintage, Lovejoy has for too long been out of print. The Judas Pair, the first of a series, marks the welcome return of a star among loveable rogues. ( Daily Mail )
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Book Description Collins Crime, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002313839