The Judas Pair

The Judas Pair

Jonathan Gash / Jun 03, 2020

The Judas Pair Lovejoy knows that the legendary Judas Pair of flintlock pistols are just that a legend Or are they By the time he finds out the truth two people are dead and Lovejoy has to pull a nifty scam to avo

  • Title: The Judas Pair
  • Author: Jonathan Gash
  • ISBN: 9780060114640
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lovejoy knows that the legendary Judas Pair of flintlock pistols are just that a legend Or are they By the time he finds out the truth, two people are dead, and Lovejoy has to pull a nifty scam to avoid the same fate.

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      • Jonathan Gash

        John Grant is an English crime writer, who writes under the pen name Jonathan Gash He is the author of the Lovejoy series of novels He wrote the novel The Incomer under the pen name Graham Gaunt.Grant is a doctor by training and worked as a general practitioner and pathologist He served in the British Army and attained the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps He was head of bacteriology at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for the University of London between 1971 and 1988.Grant won the John Creasey Award in 1977 for his first Lovejoy novel, The Judas Pair He is also the author of a series of medical thrillers featuring the character Dr Clare Burtonall.Grant lives outside Colchester in Essex, the setting for many of his novels He has also been published in Postscripts.


    1. Lovejoy, an antique dealer of dubious moral fiber, is hired by an aspiring collector to track down The Judas Pair, a masterwork set of duelling pistols that his brother was killed for. But the Judas Pair are only a legend, right? Lovejoy's trail of the non-existent weapons leads him through a web of crooked dealers and gun enthusiasts. Only one of them wants the Judas Pair and will pay any price to get themI love a good scoundrel and Lovejoy is definitely that. He's a coward, a mysogynist, and a [...]

    2. The first installment in the long running Lovejoy series. Lovejoy is an East Anglican antiques dealer. He's slightly disreputable, a male chauvinist and bit of a bastard. But ,in spite of all those things, the character isn't too bad though it's my understanding that the character has lost much of his charm as the decades have gone by. The story isn't very complicated. Lovejoy is hired by the brother of a murder victim to locate a very rare pair of dueling pistols known as the "Judas Pair". The [...]

    3. Lovejoy, he'll forever live in my mind as the mulleted Ian McShane, the soft lovable rogue prior to finding stardom in The Americas as a total hardass. Bizarrely his later incarnation is more suited to the woman beating mysogynist of the novels than the cozy BBC version of yore.He's an antique dealer employed to investigate the existence of some legendary guns. Along the way people die amid wisecracks and witty sermons on the antique business. It seemed like something I might enjoy and for a whi [...]

    4. This book is dedicated, with respect and humility, to the Chinese god Wei Dt'o protector of books against fire, pillaging, decay and dishonest borrowers. Lovejoy a poor antique dealer always in search of a new source of money or a woman to sleep with. He lives in East Anglia drives an antique and is chronically broke. Women love him for who he is and while he loves them as well, he is not very women friendly as he backhands one withing the first five pages for disturbing him in telephone call. W [...]

    5. The Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash is the first book in the Lovejoy mystery series and my first attempt at reading them as well. I had enjoyed the British TV series featuring Ian McShane as antique dealer, Lovejoy. McShane played Lovejoy as a bit of a rogue and having read the story now, I think he probably portrayed him reasonably accurately. Lovejoy is a shady character and you get the impression that the majority of these dealers are all a bit shady. They love the trade and it is a part of their [...]

    6. So, before starting, I should say I picked up this book because of having watched the Lovejoy series (with Ian McShane) and recommend that anyone do that before starting on these books.This book, while a quick read, was rather offensive and dated. And I don't just mean the fact that the pub played its one record the entire timeApparently the kind of likeable rogue that the seventies had to offer is completely different than the kind of likeable rogue that one would prefer to read now. Lovejoy is [...]

    7. When I was younger, I tried (and failed) to read the Lovejoy mysteries after becoming besotted with Ian McShane in the TV version. After bringing back a few of the titles from my parents' house over the holidays, I blew through The Judas Pair in one day -- it was fantastic. Lovejoy, as the books portray him, is a loveable fuckup. He's terrible about women, isn't particularly honest or fair, but you're always rooting for him in the end. Fantastic.

    8. Feckless antique dealer and anti-hero, Lovejoy hunts for a set of missing dueling pistols in a quick paced, suspenseful mystery. But Lovejoy’s casual act of domestic violence in the first few pages turned me off the character, although some might say later events redeem him

    9. Read long ago.One of the better plots and tales in this series. Having Venice as your backdrop does not hurt, either. I remember both the book and the series (which got me hooked).I think I collected every Loveyjoy book published and can't recall a single one that felt weak or disappointed. The plots are well-setup, the writing is good, the details about various kinds of antiques, and the characters are "earthy".In comparison with the series, Lovejoy is further down the economic scale (and usual [...]

    10. I read some of the Lovejoy books years ago and enjoyed them so much. I especially like how he explains the history behind some of the antiques and if those originals aren't readily available, now to 'make' them.This book was so interesting and fun and I enjoyed myself immensely while listening. True, Lovejoy often isn't very nice to women sometimes, but his true joy in coming across beautiful pieces of art is a pleasure to witness.The mystery was very interesting and clever and all the character [...]

    11. The Judas Pair is the name of a set of flintlock dueling weapons that are like the holy grail of the antique gun world. Lovejoy, a somewhat shady antiques dealer with a penchant for the ladies, is hired to find them by the brother of a man who claimed he owned the Judas Pair, but then was murdered. When the police went to examine the crime scene, the guns were nowhere to be found. Lovejoy sets out to find the weapons (if they exist), but it soon becomes obvious that someone else is interested as [...]

    12. I love the character of Lovejoy, flawed as he is. He's the only really well developed character, though there were no badly written ones. The police investigations seemed a trifle inadequate, but it helps keep the story moving. The pace of the story was quick and it was enjoyable. There is lots of slang to sort through, but most of it is pretty obvious. Quite a bit of information on antiques, though I have no way of knowing how accurate it might be.I forgot what a cad Lovejoy is. I read these st [...]

    13. I used to really enjoy the TV series "Lovejoy" & I remember someone telling me that the Lovejoy in the novels was nastier than TV's lovable rogue.well yes he certainly could be! He wasn't averse to giving someone a good kicking & in the opening pages hits a woman (quite unnecessarily IMHO) - he's also much more of a womaniser. Some of the characters I know from the TV series were here but of course not in the same context - Jane Felsham is no Lady! Overall it was a good enough read thoug [...]

    14. If you remember the TV series, you'll find this Lovejoy rougher around the edges, a lot less of a gentleman and often too busy trying to get one over other dealers to really notice what's going on. Asked to track down a supposedly mythical pair of flintlock duelling pistols which may have been the reason for, and maybe even the cause of, their previous owners death, Lovejoy sets about sweetening the late collector's widow, getting the grapevine working for him and alternately helping and antagon [...]

    15. If you are thinking of reading this because you loved the series then, 1. What took you so long and 2. Don't.Don't get me wrong it's a decent enough mystery but this isn't lovable Sunday night Lovejoy, this Lovejoy hits women, swears, and kills people. (bad people but still) Tinker isn't the amusing drunk, he's a sad alcoholic. Eric doesn't feature (don't know if he does in later books) and Lady Jane Felsham isn't a Lady (though she is a lady) she's a dealer (antiques not drugs) and she doesn't [...]

    16. After watching the television series back in the day, this was a bit of a shock. It is a very readable romp but the characters are not at all like their TV counterparts.I was startled and quite alarmed at the main characters attitude to women. A indicator of the attitudes at the time of writing maybe--007 etc-- were popular then.Once I was acclimatised to the style of the book the story was good and quite intriguing. Involving a murder carried out with a set of duelling pistols that should not h [...]

    17. I grew up watching Lovejoy! It was, and still is, one of my favourite things to curl up with after a long day, and having finally got around to the original I have to say I'm falling in love all over again. It's not the same sweet little village, filled with quaint and quirky people of the TV version, it's a lot darker! More brutal! But Lovejoy's still the same lovable rogue we all know and love. I think the biggest shock was that Jane Felsham was such a small, throw away character! I'm used to [...]

    18. I started reading these because of the PBS showing of the Brit TV series starring Ian McShane, who I must say is ever so much more charming than the Lovejoy of this book, the first in Gash's series and the basis for the show. Just know that down the line, Gash's Lovejoy mellows although he never comes off as charmingly naughty as McShane's take on the character.Actually if i hadn't seen the show or read later installments of the book series and had read this one first, I never would have picked [...]

    19. Lovejoy (NMI) is the type character who brings up strong opinions in readers. Witness some of the scathing reviews below! Yes, he drinks, smokes, cusses, and is horrible with women but that is Lovejoy! He is also tender-hearted, clever, and cute in his own cockney way. The oft recurring references to historical pieces is interesting, but it's Lovejoy's - way - that makes the story. If you don't like him, credit Gash's good writing. The development of the Lovejoy character is such that you care [...]

    20. Actually not a bad story really want to fall in love with Lovejoy , I don't know why but I wanted this book to be as good as an Agatha Christie book. and it did not disappoint. the first half of the book I wasn't at impressed at first mainly cuz the main character kept talkin bout one thing than change into some type of story than go back to the first topic. but other than that it was a good first book to the series.

    21. I really didn't like this to begin with. My view of Lovejoy had been affected by the TV series and the initially unlikeable character really wasn't what I expected. I have to say that Jonathan Gash has actually written one of the best characters I've read, Lovejoy is at once horrible and vulnerable as well as extremely cunning. I will keep my eyes open for more books in the series but they aren't at the top of my to read list.

    22. I know what you're thinking. Lovejoy? Well, it turned out to be a good read and much darker than the TV series we all know and love. I enjoyed it.

    23. The Judas Pair is the first in the Lovejoy series of mysteries. I read this for my book club. The main character, Lovejoy, is an unscrupulous, "loveable" antiques dealer who gets involved in tracing down a pair of invaluable dueling pistols. Murders ensue.The story is brimming full of the minutiae of antique dealings, especially antique gun dealings. I found it tedious, but that is because I am not especially interested in antique dueling pistols. It did add a great deal of verisimilitude to the [...]

    24. Loved the TV series Lovejoy. This the first book was 9 years before the TV series. If Ian McShane was like this in the series, he'd have been lynched!The books are set near where I grew up. I remember reading and enjoying a couple in my youth.Ignoring the ridiculous misogyny, it's actually a very enjoyable and easy read.

    25. Lovejoy belts a woman for interrupting him on the phone within chapter one and is too awful for words. Not interested in any of that.

    26. I like the Lovejoy books for two reasons: I loved Ian McShane in the TV series, and I love all the talk about antiques. I do not love Lovejoy. He's a complete jerk. He's shiftless and lazy. He's a thief and a forger and basically an all-around crook. He treats women horribly, hitting them, using them for his own purposes and discarding them. For some incomprehensible reason, women find him attractive. (Anything can happen in a work of fiction.) He's much more likable in the TV series.

    27. An entertaining read. I've not seen the Lovejoy TV series but I always imagined the character as a lovable rogue; that's not who's presented here though with Lovejoy coming across as a somewhat unpleasant person. Probably typical for the time the book was written (1977).The biggest annoyance for me though was how poorly the book is presented (I read the Constable Crime edition, 2013) with spelling and grammatical errors throughout. It seems the proof reader gave up before the end because the err [...]

    28. This is the first of, the English mystery series. 'Lovejoy' by Jonathan Gash. It's also the first I've read of the series. A series that is centered around the antique auction trade. If a reader doesn't care for that atmosphere they will hate this book.I'd say a quarter of the book details the business of the antique trade. Obviously the intent is to familiarize the reader with the subject and fine details that the character Lovejoy must know. Knowing a bit of the business myself, I could relate [...]

    29. Amazing intro to the world of Lovejoy and Jonathan Gash! I especially loved all the seedy antique collectors details and it really got going for me at 3/4 way in when Lovejoy started getting paranoid. Here is a lil explanation of the type of duel and why it resulted in such a special way:Only one of the guns had rifling and the ability to shoot backwards Should a �gentleman� feel that his honor had been offended, he would call on the offender to take part in a duel to remedy the offense. For [...]

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