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A form of death
Lewis, Roy, 1933-
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London : Allison & Busby, 2000.
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174 pages ; 23 cm.
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Eric Ward thinks he is happily married -- until he discovers that his wife, Anne, has been spending rather too much time with a business associate. Suspicious and angry, Ward finds comfort in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But when his new lover is found dead, he must do everything he can to avoid becoming the focus of a murder inquiry that could wreck his future. As police pressure looms, Ward makes his own inquiries. Increasingly desperate to find the girl s killer, he begins to learn more about a shady Tyneside world of drugs, dodgy property deals and illicit nightclubs. And when he learns that the trouble in Newcastle has its roots in Asian big business, he begins to fear for his own life as he seeks the final answers on the Tyne. Tense and gripping, hurtling forward to a nail-biting finish, A Form of Death is the latest in Roy Lewis s popular Eric Ward series."

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Booklist Review

After British policeman Eric Ward is forced to retire when glaucoma threatens his eyesight, he establishes a small Newcastle-based law practice and marries Anne Morcomb, a wealthy, successful businesswoman. Ten years later, Eric senses all is not well with his marriage. Anne's off on a business trip with a male colleague, whom Eric suspects has more on his mind than business. In Anne's absence, Eric attends a reception and meets a mysterious blonde. An unplanned evening of passionate but mindless sex follows. Eric leaves but forgets his car keys; returning for them, he finds the woman dead. Determined to track the real killer, he soon becomes immersed in a deadly world of drugs, death, and deceit. Eric uses his old network of informants and eventually proves his innocence, but he realizes how vulnerable he is to the whims of fate and his own unsettled morality. A literate, thoughtful examination of human nature combined with a grimly suspenseful police procedural. Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

A Form of Death: An Eric Ward Mystery, by Roy Lewis (Premium on Death), embroils the intrepid solicitor in a murder as a prime suspect. Angry at his unfaithful wife, Ward spends the night with a beautiful young woman who is murdered shortly thereafter. In clearing his name, he finds a web of drug smugglers, businessmen and prostitutes reaching from smalltown England to Southeast Asia. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Series protagonist Eric Ward, a highly principled former policeman-turned-solicitor, enjoys a small practice in Newcastle, England, and a younger, very wealthy wife. After his wife leaves for a three-week business trip to Singapore accompanied by an attentive corporate lawyer Ward is seduced by a troubled young woman, who promptly winds up dead. In order to save his marriage and reputation, Ward investigates, beginning with claims of a penny ante gambler/drug user that he's being framed for burglary and murder by a well-known area underworld figure. Clear, practiced prose, cleverly twisted plotting, sustained tension, and detailed police procedure makes this outstanding British mystery a highly recommended choice for all collections. [According to the publisher, this is first Eric Ward novel available in the United States. Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.