The Great California Game - Jonathan GashLondon, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Century, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Top corner of the first blank clipped. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Lovejoy falls in love with America, even if all Manhattan can offer is a barman’s job at Fredo’s dingy eatery.
While working as a temporary waiter at the Aquilinas’ luxurious home, Lovejoy notices that a lady’s priceless jewels are lowly zircons. This, together with a misunderstanding about a valuable Sheraton piece, and his rescue of Mrs Aquilina from her kidnapping, gain Lovejoy favour.
He joins the Aquilinas and their extraordinary assortment of friends on their cruise-yacht Gina — where Lovejoy becomes part of an illicit antiques scam, involving extortion, the protection racket, con tricks, and general mayhem.
Lovejoy embarks on a desperate trip across America to raise money from antiques roguery. His only allies are an impoverished Manhattan hooker and the murderous Zole, a streetwise 8-year-old. But if Lovejoy’s fantastic antiques scams are going so well, why don’t the Aquilinas care when people try to gun Lovejoy down on a Louisiana waterfront…?
All trails lead westward. Working one last con on the Big Two international auction houses, Lovejoy heads into Los Angeles, ready to face the ritual of the Great California Game…”