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Time Exposure by John Lutz (Print)

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Helen Crane, a beauty "men build dreams around," hires private eye Alo Nudger to find out what's troubling her lover Jake Dancer. Middle-aging, old-shoe Nudger tails Dancer and manages to save him from a couple of strong-arm men. Dancer, handsome, feckless, an alcoholic and compulsive gambler is vague about the money he owes, and Nudger learns that Helen, working for an "escort service," plans to move "up" to prostitution to help pay Dancer's debts. Then Dancer vanishes, Nudger's lover Claudia is abducted, and the story ends with the uncovering of a grisly, sadistic snuff-film operation.

Critical praise for John Lutz's Alo Nudger series:

"The author's talent for integrating horror and hilarity is irresistible, particularly in the dizzying finale. Such effects are also appreciated as Nudger tries to balance his amatory affairs: winning back his true love, Claudia, and escaping both his ex-wife's clamor for alimony and a foxy widow who wants him as a father for her many children."
Publishers Weekly

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.

"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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