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by John Lutz

eBook Buyer Beware epub
  • ISBN: 0709163371
  • Author: John Lutz
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (November 3, 1977)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1416 kb
  • FB2 size 1186 kb
  • Formats mobi mbr docx lrf

1 Summer was struggling hard at birth. Hail in artillery like salvos battered the metal roof and sides of my forty-foot house trailer, as it had, interspersed with heavy rain, for the past two hours. As time passes, hail striking the surface of a house trailer seem. Caveat emptor quia ignorare non debuit quod jus alienum emit. 1. Summer was struggling hard at birth.

John Lutz's work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper .

John Lutz's work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, police procedural, espionage, historical, futuristic, amateur detective, thriller; virtually every mystery sub-genre. He is the author of more than forty novels and over 200 short stories and articles. Like Lawrence Block, Lutz had me guessing for most of the story. He is a past president of both Mystery Writers of America and Private Eye Writers of America.

Kidnap proves only the prelude to a diabolically clever scheme of fraud and murder in this vivid tale of taut suspense.

Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Alo Nudger by. John Lutz (Goodreads Author).

by. Lutz, John, 1939-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. ark:/13960/t6rz3883d. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on September 9, 2013.

Lutz's bestselling novel SWF Seeks Same was released as the major motion picture, Single White Female starring Bridget Fonda.

Comments: (6)
The couple of negative reviews here don't acknowledge the fact that this book was the first Nudger novel, published in 1979. Lutz hadn't fully developed the character yet, so you won't find many of the dry, bleak, witty "Nudgerisms" here that typify the later novels. No Danny's Donuts, either. Lutz was finding his way with a new character whom he would develop to a much greater extent in the subsequent novels.
Still, if you're a Lutz fan, it's worth a read. It's a good story with an interesting plot. I always like to read series authors' early stuff just to see how the protagonist has evolved over the years.
(I read the Kindle version, which has a cheap price price because it's early Lutz).
For those who love the classic Nudger and his humid office over Danny's Donuts, this one is a let down. There are none of the sly Nudger metaphors and no real interactions with the traditional social circle. This was probably an early Nudger adventure and it may be a good starter but the cast is shallow and there are many details left to the imagination. Nudger gets swindled a bit in the end, as does the reader.
just avg.
I started with the first in the series and am not sure if I'll continue. The story just didn't catch my interest and didn't move fast enough. After reading some of Michael Prescott's book, I guess I'm spoiled and want fast action and suspense.
A man hires Alo Nudger to retrieve the daughter his ex-wife absconded to Florida with. Nudger finds the daughter and winds up tied up in another case entirely, a case involving her mother, a millionaire's missing daughter, and the mysterious deaths of businessmen all over the country. Can Nudger find the millionaire's missing daughter or is it already too late?

Over the last six months or so, I've been exercising more retraint than usual in regard to buying books. Unfortunately, I had a hankering for a detective yarn over the weekend and discovered I didn't have any on my unread pile. I decided to give John Lutz's Alo Nudger a chance and I'm glad I did.

Nudger's not your typical detective. He specializes in retrieving children that have been kidnapped by one of their parents following a divorce. He lives in a trailer, just barely getting by. He's not handsome, brave, tough, or quick-whitted. He's smart, though, and tenacious. He reminds me of Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder to a degree. Both are former cops that left the force and both are driven by guild for past sins. In Nudger's case, he was having an affair with an alderman's wife and booted from the force. Shortly thereafter, his wife left him and took their two kids. She remarried awhile later, only to be killed in a car accident with her new husband and Nudger's two kids.

When I started Buyer Beware, I had no idea how complex it was going to get. He found Clark's missing daughter in just a few pages, before getting ensnared in the web around the child's mother. Like Lawrence Block, Lutz had me guessing for most of the story. I had no idea what was going on until the last forty pages or so. I felt like I was learning the details along with Nudger and could never manage to get ahead of him in the story of Gratuity Insurance and the connections it had to various players in the story.

Another thing I liked is that Lutz resisted the temptation that many detective fiction writers succumb to. While there were two or three attractive women in the story, Nudger didn't wind up in bed with any of them. Or even get close. I hate when writers force a hookup just to do it.

I guess I'd better wrap this up or the review is going to wind up being as long as the book. While the down on his luck detective thing has been done, John Lutz manages to inject enough life into Alo Nudger that I'll be looking for more of Nudger's cases in the future.
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