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Buyer Beware John Lutz (Print)

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

Private investigator Alo Nudger didn't have to think twice about accepting the $2,500 fee from Gordon Clark, whose seven-year-old daughter had been "kidnapped" by his ex-wife, Joan. After all, the pay was good, and the job seemed simple enough: bring young Melissa back from Florida to her frantic father. Nudger arrives at his destination to find only an empty house but soon locates Melissa in the safekeeping of a neighbor and reckons his job is done... or is it?

For now Joan is missing, and the man she and Melissa had been living with is murdered. Nudger's new proposition from an equally distraught parent—Joan's father—is not so readily appealing as before. Fifty thousand dollars to locate a missing person is a tempting sum, indeed—assuming Alo Nudger can stay alive long enough to enjoy it.

"One of the best and most unusual novels in the history of private eye fiction." —Cedar-Rapids Gazette. Lutz's bestselling novel SWF Seeks Same was released as the major motion picture, Single White Female starring Bridget Fonda.


The series has garnered its share of awards. Both What You Don't Know Can Hurt You won a Shamus for Best Private Eye Short Story and Ride the Lightning nabbed an Edgar for Best Short Story in 1985.

Critical praise for John Lutz's Alo Nudger series:

"Lutz's plotting here has a stark, unusual, genuinely disturbing curve to it—making this another Nudgeresque blend of strong action, lean atmosphere, and downbeat personality."
Kirkus (Dancer's Debt)

"...[Lutz] deserves high marks for another intriguing glimpse into the unusual world of Alo Nudger, a uniquely warm and thoroughly disheveled detective."
Booklist (Dancer's Debt)

"Lutz's economy of language and well-timed suspense work very well in this tale... A taut mystery recommended for all active collections."
Booklist (Ride the Lightning)

"Lutz does an excellent job here... keeping the story complicated and varied but never losing the reader in red herrings or distracting minutiae."
Publishers Weekly (Nightlines)

"... a superb thriller that artfully leaves the reader unprepared for its surprising, shattering climax."
Publishers Weekly (Nightlines)

"The brilliant language and technique of Nightlines serves his [Lutz's] commitment to people as life's greatest incentive and reward. Here's plenty of reason to read his fine new book."
St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Nightlines)

"...Lutz builds a tense, witty tale that he persuades the reader to believe."
Publishers Weekly (Right to Sing the Blues)

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The Alo Nudger Series
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