Dead on the Island

Dead on the Island

by Bill Crider

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BN ID: 2940012072405
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Series: Truman Smith Private Eye Novels , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 463,570
File size: 2 MB

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Dead on the Island 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DazThreeNine More than 1 year ago
The start of the Truman Smith Mysteries: Dead on the Island plunges you headlong into the murky underworld of Galveston, Texas. Our down at heel (but not without his charms and luck) PI – Truman Smith – is called out of retirement and a fairly meagre existence painting houses, and is roped in to a simple missing persons case by his oldest friend, Dino. Armed only with all the Big Red he can drink, a nose for a lie, and several useful contacts, Tru’s hunt for the girl parallels the fruitless search for his missing sister the previous year. Obviously – a missing person is barely the start of things, and there the trouble begins; with murder, violence, shoot outs and plenty of mystery in evidence as Truman works his way through the disjointed clues to the heart of the plot. Written with a light hearted and wry humour that evokes a more laid back feel to the classic Crime Noir – the author has created a compelling story and an equally compelling lead character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I can understand why it was nominated for the Shamus Award. I look forward to reading more by this author.
janwil1213 More than 1 year ago
I have found a new author. Mr Crider has a very good style of writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hooked on PI Truman Smith. Looking forward to more books in this series. Highly recommend.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is a great example of the pure PI type mystery.  Truman Smith has backed away from investigations after spending a year looking for his missing sister.  His rich, old high school friend pulls him back into detecting when he asks Tru for a big favor--find his un acknowledged daughter born to one of his prostitutes.  Sharon grew up believing her father was gone, and not knowing that her teacher-mother had once been a prostitute.  At first Tru believes Sharon has run away after learning the truth about her beginnings, but the more Tue investigates, the more he suspects something else is happening.   This is a good start to this series, leaving the missing sister as an opening for future books.  The story is told in first person, with Tru's voice.  There is quirky humor throughout the story--especially Tru's "friendliness" with a rat as he runs along the Galveston, Texas waterways, bring it cheese to eat at one time.  Crider definitely got the atmosphere of Galveston. The mystery kept me guessing as I got the clues the as Tru discovered them.  Will be reading more from this author.
GaryAustin2012 More than 1 year ago
I read this book and the other four in the series. It's just a great book, and a great series. I found Mr. Crider's other books a real entertaining read, especially "We'll Always Have Murder" the Bogart mystery. It is just great, i wish he could have continued the series. The Truman Smith series I can't say enough good things about, and Dead On the Island really gets the series started with a bang. if you're a Travis McGee fan I think you're going to enjoy this series.
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If you like Harlan Coben's mysteries you will enjoy this.
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I read half way through this book, that was it. It was not going anywhere. Boring! The characters were bland, the plot was uninteresting. There was not anything about this book that made me want to keep turning the pages. The dialogue was very standard. The author did not really acquaint me with the main characters, instead he concentrated mainly on the plot. I was disappointed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good dead,