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A Kind of Transaction

(1991)
(The Spanish Villa Murder)
(The ninth book in the Eric Ward series)
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Looking for a classic murder mystery from an acclaimed crime writer?

Discover Eric Ward, policeman turned lawyer. This tautly told story, from a time before smart phones and CCTV will have you gripped from start to finish.

Please note this book was first published as A KIND OF TRANSACTION.

THREE BAD MEN

SPAIN:
An ex-con, breaks into a villa by the sea to steal something very precious from a safe. He will not leave without hurting someone.

ENGLAND:
Tycoon Simon Chan asks Eric Ward to find a missing businessman.

And Ward is also involved in a case involving his arch-enemy, the shady lawyer Charles Davison.

THEN A BODY WASHES UP ON A SPANISH BEACH . . .

Eric Ward will face the fight of his life against a professional killer inside and outside the courtroom.

“Lewis writes with passion and intellect, whether explaining the intricacies of merchant banking or the terror of a car chase on a Spanish mountainside” Houston Chronicle

A GRIPPING, WELL-CRAFTED MYSTERY THAT WILL HAVE YOU COMPLETELY ABSORBED

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

THE DETECTIVE
Eric Ward is forced to retire from the police when he discovers he suffers from glaucoma but qualifies as a solicitor (lawyer) and sets up his practice on the Quayside in Newcastle, where he deals with the seamier side of the law. When he marries a wealthy young woman she attempts to persuade him to settle in Northumberland and work with wealthier clients but he stubbornly refuses to give up his criminal practice in Newcastle. Although she draws him into the world of high finance he still insists on continuing at the Quayside — which causes tensions within his marriage, and lead to unintended consequences.

This fast-paced mystery set in late 1980s England will have you enthralled from the start.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

“Roy Lewis is a writer who believes in keeping his readers on their toes with plenty of twists and surprises. He writes well, too with an admirable sense of character and place.” Daily Telegraph

Good on atmosphere.” Newcastle Journal

“A wrenching and compassionately handled tragedy that transcends the conventional mystery form.” Chicago Sun-Times

Tightly written, well-paced and relentlessly accurate.” Oxford Times

ERIC WARD BOOKS
Book 1: THE SEDLEIGH HALL MURDER
Book 2: THE FARMING MURDER
Book 3: THE QUAYSIDE MURDER
Book 4: THE DIAMOND MURDER
Book 5: THE GEORDIE MURDER
Book 6: THE SHIPPING MURDER
Book 7: THE CITY OF LONDON MURDER
Book 8: THE APARTMENT MURDER
Book 9: THE SPANISH VILLA MURDER

INSPECTOR CROW BOOKS
Book 1: A LOVER TOO MANY
Book 2: ERROR OF JUDGMENT
Book 3: THE WOODS MURDER
Book 4: MURDER FOR MONEY
Book 5: MURDER IN THE MINE
Book 6: A COTSWOLDS MURDER
Book 7: A FOX HUNTING MURDER
Book 8: A DARTMOOR MURDER

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Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

November 1992 : UK Hardback

Title: Kind of Transaction (Lythway Large Print Books)
Author(s): J R Lewis
ISBN: 0-7451-1679-5 / 978-0-7451-1679-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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December 1991 : UK Hardback

Title: A Kind of Transaction
Author(s): J R Lewis
ISBN: 0-00-232364-8 / 978-0-00-232364-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE SPANISH VILLA MURDER an addictive crime mystery full of twists (Eric Ward Mystery)
Author(s): ROY LEWIS
ISBN: 1-78931-418-6 / 978-1-78931-418-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Joffe Books
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November 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Kind of Transaction
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Title: A Kind of Transaction
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Title: A Kind of Transaction
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August 2006 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: A Kind of Transaction
Author(s): J R Lewis
ISBN: 1-84648-093-0 / 978-1-84648-093-5 (UK edition)
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August 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: A Kind of Transaction
Author(s): J R Lewis
ISBN: 1-84648-111-2 / 978-1-84648-111-6 (UK edition)
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Kindle Editions

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Title: THE SPANISH VILLA MURDER an addictive crime mystery full of twists (Eric Ward Mystery Book 9)
Author(s): ROY LEWIS
Publisher: Joffe Books crime thriller and mystery
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