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The Dada Caper (Chance Purdue #1)

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Chance Purdue may be better at a lot of things than he is at detecting, but he's the only man for the job when the FBI comes looking for someone to take on the Soviet-inspired DADA conspiracy.

Plus, he needs a paycheck. Chance gets off to a rough start as he's led on a merry chase through Chicago's underbelly and drawn into a case of deception that can only be solved with t
Paperback, 189 pages
Published December 1st 1977 by Avon Books
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May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I am very disappointed that Ross H Spencer doesn't have as many fans as he deserves. Most people who have read his work are hung up on his marked lack of punctuation and unique brand of stream-of-consciousness. They don't bring to attention the insane amount of one liners, puns, small jokes that stream from every page. A joke is funny because it superimposes elements of the mundane into absurd configurations, and this is something Ross H Spencer does very well. A sample:

At the end of the week a
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Okay. To properly get across how it felt reading "The Dada Caper", the rest of this review will be written in the prose style of the book.

I read this book eight years ago.

I read this book at home.

I got this book at Goodwill.

I did not have to pay much for this book.

This book is a detective story.

I thought it would be a funny book.

I thought it would be a silly book.

I thought it would be a book that would surprise me.

This book was not good.

This book was disappointing.

This book dragged on for too lo
Mar 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
In order to read this book, I googled Ross H Spencer to see what's the skinny on an author I'd never heard of but liked his book covers to buy them. He was touted as being self taught in Mike Resnick's homage to his friend. "All self-taught in a hospital bed at the age of 50-plus, his only textbooks a pair of bestselling novels that he found too silly to be considered seriously." (Robert Parker's Spenser novels)

I should have looked inside. No punctuation but periods. Every sentence a paragraph.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not really a detective novel person, but I have to give credit to my father-in-law for finding a novel that fit my wit and reading level. Perfect reading for a cold, lazy day!
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-it
Crap your pants funny, especially if you like hardboiled detective novel parodies as I do.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chance Purdue vs. Destroy America, Destroy America. Still funny.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every single one of Ross's Chance Perdue Mysteries were absurd and hilarious.
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