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The Judas Pair (Lovejoy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Gash
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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!

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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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The very first book in the classic Lovejoy series which won the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award for best debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (21 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZRRK4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Lovejoy 10 April 2013
Like a lot of people I used to watch 'Lovejoy' on the tv, and also as my local library at the time stocked the books I read the novels as well. I should point out that if you have never read any of the books before and only seen the tv series then it is only fair to say that there are differences; the books are darker for a start.

Jonathan Gash is of course a pen name for John Grant (who also wrote under other names as well). This novel, first published in 1977 was the first Lovejoy book, and I believe it won that years John Creasey Award (now known as the New Blood Dagger award). Lovejoy finds himself with a new client intent on finding the legendary 'Judas Pair' of duelling pistols. Lovejoy at first thinks that he has some kind of nut on his hands, after all the pistols are just a piece of legend, Durs Egg made twelve pairs of such pistols, no one has ever come across a thirteenth pair, which would be the genuine 'Judas Pair'. But Lovejoy of course finds himself drawn in when his client says that his brother had not only had them but was killed for them as well. And so Lovejoy finds himself caught in a dangerous game, where even his life is at stake.

To be honest you can work out who the killer is within the first third of this book, although it takes Lovejoy a lot longer, but then this isn't really about who the killer is, but the ingenious way the murder was committed, so if you like 'Jonathan Creek' then chances are you will enjoy this. Of course the other thing that draws you into this and other Lovejoy novels is the way the character gets caught up on other antiques and tells about the tricks of the trade.

This is an entertaining read, but I was surprised to find an above average number of typos in this, which was a bit of a surprise, as this publisher is usually pretty good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Lovejoy 10 Aug. 2010
This book is responsible for introducing the world to Lovejoy, a disreputable but likeable antiques dealer from deepest, darkest Essex. As another reviewer has mentioned, beware any reader who is hoping to meet Ian McShane's lovable TV creation. This Lovejoy is much more raw, conniving and at times, downright nasty, but in my opinion, he is all the better for it.

I would thoroughly recommend this book. The characters are brilliantly constructed, the plot is gripping AND the reader is given all sorts of insider information on the murky world of antiques to boot. I will definitely be reading more of Mr Gash's books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 31 Mar. 2007
By Saturnicus VINE VOICE
What Lovejoy does not know about antiques, is not worth knowing. He is associated with the most disreputable people and is permanently broke. He is the champion of the underdog and drives the most extrsordinary car. Women dote on him and he makes good use of them. It is a delightful introduction to a great series.

I have been inspired to read more. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather misogynistic 19 Nov. 2013
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I rather enjoyed Lovejoy on TV and I'd never read any of the books so I thought I'd give this a try. Firstly there are a few typos in this book which knocks a star off immediately for me - I don't buy anything else in an unfinished state so why should books be any different? Secondly, this book is very much a product of its times - Lovejoy's attitude to women doesn't bear close scrutiny so that's the criticism over. Close your mind to these faults and this is a fun read. Lovejoy is as wide as the Clyde, an Essex boy before the term was coined (I think) but he's a loveable rogue with depth. The plot is nonsense - a.missing pair of antique duelling pistols - but it's meant to be I assume and makes the book fun. You can see why it was adapted for TV.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Purchase 9 May 2013
By sparks
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Purchased for my Kindle. The story is quite good - but the SPELLING MISTAKES IN IT ARE DREADFUL. I don't think I have ever read a book with so many mistakes.
I don't think I will be buying another book by this author if that is the best they can do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 29 May 2013
By Roma
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Interesting read. Also informative snippets regarding antiques. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to other Lovejoy stories. I also enjoyed the T.V. series and it's interesting to compare the book style with the T.V.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars easy reading but not a classic 27 Jun. 2013
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Not the best book I have ever read but by no means the worst.
The writing is ok, without ever being excellent.

I will probably read others by this author but am not going to rush!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hope series gets better 16 Jun. 2013
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I was slightly disappointed with this opening novel in the Lovejoy series. Some errors in the kindle translation did not help but for me the story lacked credibility
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
quite good
Published 1 month ago by Alexander C. Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Dave Urwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
person it was given to liked it
Published 3 months ago by Nanooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Lovejoy of television, but fun all the same
Anyone thinking they should read the Lovejoy novels because they enjoyed the gentle comedy of Ian McShane on TV should realise that books and TV/movies usually differ. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geordiekeith
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
This took me back to one of my favourite tv programmes. It was great to picture the characters as I read along. A bit of self indulgence and whimsy. Really enjoyed it.
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie Hearne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent Lovejoy tale!
Published 10 months ago by L. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Brown with a personality
The Judas Pair is an excellent murder mystery. Think Dan Brown, but your narrator has a personality. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bnedge
5.0 out of 5 stars I lent my original copy of this book, but thanks to Amazon, I found it...
This is an excellent story. Miles away from the cheeky chappie, clean cut bloke on TV! You could still imagine Ian MacShane in the title role of Lovejoy, but he is more wary and is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by vanessa westing
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Ian McShane's lovable rogue!
I've read a couple of later Lovejoy novels and I've always liked the tv series so I thought I'd start from the beginning. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Abbi C
3.0 out of 5 stars Read but be aware ....
It`s interesting that I obviously used to only skim through Lovejoy novels as I used to find them lightweight but fun. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Megabux
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