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Two-Faced Death

(1976)
(The second book in the Inspector Alvarez series)
A novel by

 
 
Inspector Enrique Alvarez's retirement is approaching...

Looking forward to spending his days taking siestas uninterrupted by the sound of the telephone ringing, and drinking brandy in the sun, a complicated murder was certainly not part of these retirement plans...

Foreigners have descended on the Island of Mallorca, including many English seeking warmer climes.

One thing the islander Alvarez shares with the town of Llueso's new residents; a taste for cognac.

Indeed, the Bank of England manager Breedan, an unwelcome visitor, is the odd one out in these parts, as a man who does not drink!

Unfortunately, it is another Englishman, by the name of John Calvin, who is the victim in this case.

It seems Calvin's dodgy financial dealings have eventually caught up with him, after a suicide note is found.

Was death the only way out left to him?

There are those who find it hard to believe and the plot thickens further when Calvin's body cannot be found...

Is something more suspicious than suicide at play here?

With Chief Inspector Salas on his back, Alvarez is under unwelcome pressure to produce results...

Two-Faced Death is a mysterious crime thriller that will keep you hooked until the very end.

Praise for Roderic Jeffries



'A first-rate whodunit turning on the resourcefulness of a country gentleman who exploits the process of the law to delay its action. Author on the top of his legal and social form.' - Francis Goff, The Sunday Telegraph

' Roderic Jeffries established a very high reputation for himself in the field of the legal thriller with Exhibit No. Thirteen and Dead Against the Lawyers. Once again he has used a little known quirk of the law, and woven round it an enthralling story of immense intricacy.' -Maurice Richardson, The Observer

'The resulting legal intricacies make fascinating reading.' - Hester Makeig, The Spectator

'First-class, smoothly told, fine court scenes and sketches of lawyers entirely absorbing.' - John Clarke, Evening Standard

'The most ingenious of Mr. Jeffries's exercises in legal trickery.' - Julian Symons, The Sunday Times

'...is for the mystery story connoisseur and particularly the man who can appreciate this ingenious exercise in legal trickery.' - Police World


Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and was educated at Harrow View House Preparatory School and the Department of Navigation, University of Southampton. In 1943, he joined the New Zealand Shipping Company as an apprentice and sailed to Australia and New Zealand, but later transferred to the Union Castle Company in order to visit a different part of the world. He returned to England in 1949 where he was admitted to the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn and read for the Bar at the same time as he began to write. He was called to the Bar in 1953, and after one year's pupilage, practiced law for a few terms during which time there to write full time. His first book, a sea story for juveniles, was published in 1950.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Two-Faced Death
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-4056-8562-X / 978-1-4056-8562-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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February 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Two-faced Death (Firecrest Books)
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 0-86220-683-9 / 978-0-86220-683-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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September 1976 : UK Hardback
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Title: Two-faced Death
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 0-00-231580-7 / 978-0-00-231580-7 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : Paperback
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Title: Two-Faced Death (An Inspector Alvarez Mystery)
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-983139-13-0 / 978-1-983139-13-0
Publisher: Independently published
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August 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two-faced Death
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-85389-586-5 / 978-1-85389-586-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dales Large Print
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Audio Editions

April 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Unabridged (Two-faced Death)
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
ISBN: 1-86042-139-3 / 978-1-86042-139-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Two-Faced Death (An Inspector Alvarez Mystery Book 2)
Author(s): Roderic Jeffries
Publisher: Lume Books
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