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