The Great California Game
By Jonathan Gash
A Lovejoy novel
Lovejoy in America... and in trouble again
Lovejoy is working - illegally of course - in a New York bar, but nothing can keep him from his beloved antiques. The divvie's casual recognition of zircons paraded as priceless diamonds starts him on a trail leading him to the deadly mysteries of the highest stakes card game in America.
But first Lovejoy has to buy himself into the game. Enlisting the help of a Manhatten hooker and a gun-toting seven year old, he sets about raising a sum from museums, auction houses and private collectors using his usual desperate wiles.
But by the time he reaches California, he realises that it is not only his hard-earnt mega-bucks on the table, but his own sweet skin.
Praise for Jonathan Gash:
'Irrepressible... bounteous entertainment' Sunday Times
'Lovejoy is up to his old tricks again... compelling stuff' Today
'Unabashedly amoral, witty and crammed with treasures of every sort... Pure, unadulterated Lovejoy' Publishers Weekly
JONATHAN GASH is the pen name of John 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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09 Nov 2017
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An exuberant mixture of antique fakery, lechery and murder — The Times
The wisest and wildest antiques dealer of them all — Literary Review
A sparkling new start for the old faker. The background is brilliantly described. Look forward to Lovejoy's next stop — Mail on Sunday
Collector's tips, ramshackle amours, outright thuggery and broad mirth — Sunday Times
A real virtuoso performance... a riotous success — Birmingham Post