Bill Crider Dead on the Island

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Dead on the Island

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Private Investigator Truman Smith, demoralized after being unable to find his own sister, is drawn back into the game by an old friend who wants him to find a missing teenager whose life may be in danger

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Anthony Award winner Crider introduces private investigator Truman (Tru) Smith in this promising start of a series. Having returned to his native Galveston, Tex., to try--unsuccessfully--to find his missing sister, Tru spends his days reading Faulkner and running. His old friend Dino disrupts his solitude when he asks Tru to locate Sharon Matthews, whose mother had worked in one of the string of whorehouses run by Dino's uncles when they controlled Galveston in the days of wide-open morality. At first Tru thinks the girl ran away after she discovered her mother's past. But when he finds Sharon's boyfriend murdered and then is beaten up outside a Houston nightclub, Tru begins to fear for Sharon's safety. The disclosure of a vital secret by Dino leads Tru to dig into his own and Dino's pasts to find the answers for several crucial questions. Crider ( Too Late to Die ) has created another well-drawn protagonist, this time a moody, introspective PI in the finest tradition, who works in a seamy city smoldering with old and dangerous secrets.
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Ex-p.i. Truman Smith of Galveston, Texas, is painting houses, trying to forget the disappearance of his sister Jan a year ago and his all-out, failed efforts to find her. Tru's high-school football teammates Dino and Ray live in Galveston too. Dino is rich--retired from the prostitution rackets his uncles had begun decades before. Ray, who's black, is Dino's live-in gofer. Dino wants Tru to find his vanished daughter Sharon--unacknowledged until now--by ex- prostitute Evelyn Matthews. Tru soon learns that Sharon had just discovered the truth about her mother's background and that she had a boyfriend--Terry Shelton. Shelton turns out to be the first in a string of corpses discovered or created by our hero before the object of his search comes to light. Even the violence seems lifeless here, along with the mostly unappealing characters and the laconic narrative. Only the Galveston backdrop and history shed some warmth in a story far short of the author's best (Too Late to Die, etc.). -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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