John Lutz: The Nudger Dilemmas (USA 2001)
From the Publisher:
NUDGER IS ONE OF THE COOLEST, MOST ACCESSIBLE DETECTIVES IN HISTORY!
This collection of 13 previously published stories starring Nudger, Lutz's worrywart St. Louis detective, provides an entertaining introduction to one of the genre's most distinctive private eyes. Nudger, whose ever-present antacids protect a stomach that turns at the mere hint of danger, somehow manages to do his job without resorting to fists or handguns. The well-turned phrase is his most lethal weapon, whether he's seeking justice for an executed man proved innocent after the fact or coming to the aid of his friend Danny, proprietor of Danny's Donuts, who believes that his fellow shipmates from Vietnam are being killed one by one. Lutz, winner of both the Shamus and the Edgar, also holds a lifetime achievement award from the Private Eye Writers of America.
John Lutz: The Nudger Dilemmas. A Short Story Collection. Five Star, ISBN: 0786231475 (July, 2001), 312 p., $24.95.