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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.