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Once Dying, Twice Dead

(1984)
(The Diamond Murder)
(The fourth 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 beautifully told story, from a time before smart phones and DNA testing, will have you gripped from start to finish.

Rich in characterisation with a complex plot.” Publishers Weekly

Please note this book was first published as “Once Dying, Twice Dead”.

A thriving law practice and a happy marriage are almost enough to convince solicitor Eric Ward he has overcome his painful past and started a new life.

All it takes is the wrong client for it all to unravel.

An investigative journalist beaten to a pulp.

A crooked Newcastle businessman living the high life in France.

A woman from a half-forgotten past.

Former police officer-turned-solicitor Eric Ward represents Eddie Stevens, an investigative reporter on the trail of a hot story. Badly beaten by a local roughneck, Stevens discovers he is on a bigger trail when finds a dead body of an unknown man.

Ward’s investigation leads him to Lansley, a shady Newcastle entrepreneur with criminal ties living in Marseilles. Then a woman from Ward's own half-forgotten past turns up, looking to him to be her saviour. A gruesome revelation in the first case just might be the solution to the second.

Ward quickly discovers excavating the past can be a dangerous business.

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 fatal consequences.

This fast-paced mystery will have you enthralled from the start. Set in England in the early 1980s, this is the fourth book to feature Eric Ward. More coming soon.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

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

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

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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Used availability for Roy Lewis's Once Dying, Twice Dead

Hardback Editions

February 1985 : UK Textbook Binding

Title: Once Dying, Twice Dead (A Lythway book)
Author(s): J R Lewis
ISBN: 0-7451-0110-0 / 978-0-7451-0110-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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August 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: Once dying, twice dead: An Eric Ward novel
Author(s): Roy Lewis
ISBN: 0-312-58476-8 / 978-0-312-58476-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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May 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Once Dying, Twice Dead (The Crime Club)
Author(s): J R Lewis
ISBN: 0-00-231941-1 / 978-0-00-231941-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Crime
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE DIAMOND MURDER an addictive crime mystery full of twists (Eric Ward Mystery)
Author(s): ROY LEWIS
ISBN: 1-78931-183-7 / 978-1-78931-183-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Joffe Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE DIAMOND MURDER an addictive crime mystery full of twists (Eric Ward Mystery Book 4)
Author(s): ROY LEWIS
Publisher: Joffe Books classic crime and mystery
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