Lickety-Split (A Truman Kicklighter Mystery)

Lickety-Split (A Truman Kicklighter Mystery)

by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
     
 

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The golden years of ex-AP reporter Kicklighter are at best gilded. For him, making ends meet is a full-time job: clipping coupons, eating at odds hours to avail himself of early-bird specials, engineering senior citizen discounts on everything he can. Not that his life is all work, however. When winter rolls around, life at Truman's home, the Fountain of Youth… See more details below

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The golden years of ex-AP reporter Kicklighter are at best gilded. For him, making ends meet is a full-time job: clipping coupons, eating at odds hours to avail himself of early-bird specials, engineering senior citizen discounts on everything he can. Not that his life is all work, however. When winter rolls around, life at Truman's home, the Fountain of Youth Residential Hotel, in St. Petersburg, takes on a festive air as a passel of old friends from up north arrive for the winter and the local dog track opens its gates for the season. Tragedy intrudes on this idyll, though, when Truman's best friend, Mel Wisnewski, just in from Pennsylvania, is found in the track's parking lot, huddled over the corpse of Rosie Figueroa, a tout whose dead-on betting tips have made her the darling of the dog track.

Mel has changed dramatically in the few months since he last wintered in Florida--Alzheimer's seems to have gotten the better of him--but Truman still can't believe that Mel could kill anybody, even if the police are convinced that he could and did. Truman and his young friend Jackleen Canaday, a waitress at the hotel with a soft spot for snowbirds, set out to prove Mel's innocence and find Rosie's real killer. In the course of their investigation, they come upon the computerized sure-thing betting system Rosie has helped to devise and run afoul of a spectacularly roguish cast of characters--from Wade Hardeson III, a banker's barthy, boozy son; to scheming no-account Butch Goolsby and his latter-day Li'l Abner son, Curtis; to Cookie Jeffcote, the last word in white-trash supervixens. Any of these villains would happily kill for a sure thing, especially when it's in the pocket of an easy mark like Truman.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of the mysteries starring Southern cleaning service owner Callahan Garrity stumbles with this series launch introducing Truman Kicklighter, widower and former AP reporter living in the Fountain of Youth Residence Hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla. Truman has lots on his plate here as a bogus evangelist announces plans to take over the hotel and evict the retirees who don't buy their apartments. Then his best friend, a man whose decline into Alzheimer's is appallingly speedy, is accused of killing a young woman tout at the dog track. Aided by a feisty young Fountain of Youth waitress named Jackleen, Truman tries to uncover the evangelist's scam and find the tout's murderer. The latter effort, centering around the missing computer disk with the murder victim's new betting program, takes him up against the evangelist's brassy, ambitious secretary, a couple of low-life thugs for hire and a representative of organized crime. Trocheck's cast is depicted in broad strokes, their pluck and gameness colored with a patronizing wash. This one's a disappointment in both scattershot plotting and primary-color characterization. (Feb.)

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ISBN-13:
9780061093616
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
Truman Kicklighter Mystery Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
272

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