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Buyer Beware (Alo Nudger #1)

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Hired to return a kidnapped child to her father, Alo Nudger discovers that he's been set up for fraud--and possibly murder. One of the best and most unusual novels in the history of private eye fiction.--Cedar-Rapids Gazette.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published January 1st 1976)
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Dan Schwent
Dec 21, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2012 knig rated it did not like it
I am done with 1970s crime thrillers. And, I need a two hour refund to my life pot. Ross Macdonald and Lawrence Sanders do it better.

Preposterous plot. The pudding, people, has been over-egged.
Apr 07, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it
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RATING: 4.25

It’s a pretty standard story being told by Gordon Clark, one that a PI specializing in recovering children has heard many times before. There’s been a divorce. At first the wife, Joan, followed the visitation procedures as laid out by the court. But now she’s not allowing Gordon to see their 7-year-old daughter, Melissa. Joan Clark is the daughter of a well-to-do plastics manufacturer by the name of Carlon and currently residing in Florida with another man. Melissa was not to be remo
Kathy  Petersen
I was previously acquainted with Nudger from a book of short stories I garnered at a book sale, but this, the first of Lutz' series with the detective ( and his queasy stomach), is a delightfully twisted tale of twins and deception and, of course, murder.
Buyer Beware is book 1 of the Alo Nudger series. In books 2, 3, and 4, Nudger is an Everyman character with whom one can relate. He struggles to find self-respect in a vocation that is more a matter of circumstance than a calling. He constantly munches antacid tablets to calm a nervous stomach that reacts to his ex-wife’s demands for past-due alimony, to crime scenes, and to impending danger. Alo is a quiet plodder who side steps the obstacles in his way. He is a hero for battling past his fear ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Glen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
1970s PI thriller without a lot of thrills.

Alo Nudger is a PI who specializes in finding children taken by a parent. this was in the days before this was considered kidnapping. Anyway, he looks for a little girl, and finds a deep dark conspiracy, which seems to be all planning and no payout.

Filled with the faux cynicsim of the time.
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Keeps you hooked til the very end every time. P.I. thriller/mystery.
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John Lutz published his first short story in 1966 in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and has been publishing regularly ever since. His work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, police procedural, espionage, historical, futuristic, amateur detective--v
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