Murder Takes a Break

Murder Takes a Break

by Bill Crider
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Murder Takes a Break by Bill Crider

THE TRUMAN SMITH PRIVATE EYE SERIES: Truman Smith operates on Galveston Island, not far from Houston. The first book in the series, Dead on the Island, was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private-Eye Writers of America.

In Murder Takes a Break, Galveston, Texas principal investigator Truman Smith loathes missing person cases because they either end up badly for his clients, or the person does not want to be found. So only as a personal favor to his friend Dino would Tru accept the case of missing college student, Randall Kirbo, who disappeared in the area while on Spring break nine months ago.

After sifting the facts from the very minimal police investigation on the case, Tru tracks Randall to a house owend by a local vice queen, Big Al. Another kid who attended the same party was later found dead on the beach As the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that this is anything but a typical missing person's case, and the party - and it's attendants - hold the clues to a killer, and his case.

BILL CRIDER : "I was born and brought up in Mexia (that's pronounced Muh-HAY-uh by the natives), Texas. The town's most famous former citizen is Anna Nicole Smith, whom my brother taught in biology class when she was in the ninth grade. I've always lived in small Texas towns, unless you count Austin as a large town. It wasn't so large when I lived there, though. I attended The University of Texas at Austin for many, many years. My wife (the lovely Judy) says that I would never have left grad school if she hadn't forced me to get out and get a real job.

I eventually earned my Ph.D. there, writing a dissertation on the hardboiled detective novel, and thereby putting my mystery-reading habit to good use. Before that, I'd gotten my M.A. at the University of North Texas (in Denton), and afterward I taught English at Howard Payne University for twelve years. Then I moved to scenic Alvin, Texas, where until 2002 I was the Chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts. I retired in August 2002 to become a either a full-time writer or a part-time bum. Take your pick."

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940014097642
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 02/03/2012
Series: Truman Smith Private Eye Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 89,902
File size: 363 KB

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Murder Takes a Break (A Truman Smith Mystery) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
DazThreeNine More than 1 year ago
Murder Takes A Break reunites us with the persistent and wry Truman Smith ¿ purveyor of smart comments that threaten his safety, and solver of even the most intricate and emotionally fraught mysteries. When two local kids on Spring Break have gone missing, Truman is sent to find out what really happened at the Beach House. With his erstwhile sidekick Dino, Tru¿ enters the backstreet world of Galveston, with dealers, dodgy Police, families with plenty to hide and the usual dose of violent abandon. There¿s more than a few awkward moments, and as with the previous story: The Prairie Chicken, what starts as a fairly simple missing persons case rapidly turns into a body-strewn thriller. Snappy and tense, you do actually wonder whether Truman will survive this mystery ¿ such is the concerted threat he faces ¿ and by the time you get to an explosive climax, you know you¿ve experienced a well-paced and plotted thriller from a writer of quality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You made silly mistakes , Texas firearms law, firearms in general and the fact that ems does not apply casts or suture in the field. You need an editor and you need to cut your word count by one third.
GaryAustin2012 More than 1 year ago
I read this book, as well as the rest of the series, and really enjoyed it. I just wish that there were more books in the series. As far as the E.M.S. mistake goes, there might have been a minor one, no book is perfect, and I'm a cop who used to work E.M.S. and no mistakes in the book bothered me. I want to see more Truman Smith. Sounds like one of Mr. Crider's ticked off former publishers just wants to bad mouth him on here without having the guts to leave his name.
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TXSUZI More than 1 year ago
This book appealed to me because I live on the gulf coast near Galveston. I really enjoyed his references to familiar places in and around both Galveston and Houston. I honestly didn't have the end figured out in this one. Although I would recommend it to others, I can't say it's an outstanding book. I wasn't overly anxious to pick it up each night as with many other books. However, I'm glad I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not the most involved murder mystery, the characters were very compelling. I really enjoyed the sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
related to the age of the main character and enjoyed the wry humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Crider book I've read. I enjoyed it. Reminded me of Robert Parker style. Will be reading more.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Would recommend reading it. I will most likely read more by the author.
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pmc130 More than 1 year ago
enjoyable read, will definitely read this author again.
jwtbiker More than 1 year ago
enjoyed reading the novel.