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by Bill Crider

eBook When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery (Walker Mystery) ePub
Author: Bill Crider
Language: English
ISBN: 0802731953
ISBN13: 978-0802731951
Publisher: Walker & Co; First Edition edition (November 1, 1994)
Pages: 192
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 257
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ePub file: 1502 kb
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When Truman Smith, Crider's Texas Gulf Coast semiretired PI, muses .

When Truman Smith, Crider's Texas Gulf Coast semiretired PI, muses, "feeling guilt is one of the things I do best," readers will not argue. Smith, who last felt inadequate in Gator Kill, can't find Outside Harry, well-known indigent of Galveston Island, whose missing status was first noticed by Smith's boyhood chum Dino. This series, much like the author, does not get the recognition that is well deserved. Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Library System.

When the first person he questions is murdered, and when he himself is shot at, Truman Smith is reminded of all the reasons he hates missing persons . When Old Men Die. (Book in the Truman Smith Private Eye Series).

When the first person he questions is murdered, and when he himself is shot at, Truman Smith is reminded of all the reasons he hates missing persons cases.

When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery (Walker Mystery). In this fifth and final Truman Smith mystery, Galveston Private Investigator Truman Smith still has no interest in looking for anyone. The Prairie Chicken Kill: A Truman Smith Mystery. Dino wants him to quit trying to figure why alligators and birds get killed and get back to finding people. Because of the backstory that series readers are familiar with, Truman is not remotely interested.

When Old Men Die book. I love these Truman Smith mysteries. S. Sheil rated it liked it Jul 17, 2014

When Old Men Die book. Another great Bill Crider book. Sheil rated it liked it Jul 17, 2014. Kathy H rated it really liked it May 26, 2018. Clint Calisbury rated it liked it Jan 12, 2018. Judy rated it liked it Jun 10, 2017. Mary rated it liked it Jan 27, 2014.

When Old Men Die (Walker, 1994).

Mexia, Texas, United States Crider died at his home in Alvin, Texas, on February 12, 2018 of cancer, at the age of 7. .Sheriff Dan Rhodes series. When Old Men Die (Walker, 1994). The Prairie Chicken Kill (Walker, 1996). Murder Takes a Break (Walker, 1996). Stanley Waters series. co-authored with Willard Scott).

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So after a few passes along the back alleys, I went home and read Look Homeward, Angel and listened to my CDs while Nameless slept in my bed.

g to help me out, and I couldn't figure out who that someone might be. I couldn't just forget about Harry, however

Format: Unabridged Written by: Bill Crider Narrated by: Otis Jiry Publisher .

Truman Smith is happily fishing off a Galveston pier when his friend Dino seeks him out and asks for some help: Outside Harry, an old-timer with connections to Dino's family, is missing.Smith doesn't want to have anything to do with it; the last time he looked for a missing person the outcome left something to be desired. But Dino has a way of being persuasive, and Tru promises to give it a day or two.When the first person he questions is murdered, and when he himself is shot at, Truman Smith is reminded of all the reasons he hates missing person cases. But he's committed now: Outside Harry's life is in his hands, and Smith is going to see to it that if Harry has any secrets he wants to tell, he won't have to take them to an early grave.
The Truman Smith series continued telling a great story, in an interesting location a colorful caste of characters and story that moves along at a good pace.
The author must value older people. I don't say that because of the title, but because he does not turn them in pathetic characters with no substance. Take time to read the Truman Smith series.
I enjoyed this story - Bill Crider is one of my favorite authors. Truman is a well developed character and the story is well written. I have all of the Dan Rhodes series in print and now I have his Truman Smith mysteries on my Kindle. He is a great author who keeps you wondering how the story will end and who did it... I hope he keeps on writing both series...
enjoyable fast read on a lazy day
Have read the entire series and they are a great read.
Easy reading, great plots. Overall enjoyable.
Have and will continue to recommend to anyone who likes series.
I am always on the search for new authors since so many of my favorites have died. This is a good read but not a "must have more" read. I will try another title in the future, but the story was a little too drawn out to suit me. I see a lot to like about Crider, but maybe this is not the series to keep me motivated to run out for the next title.
Part of the problem was not finding a character I cared about to any great extent. I wanted to see how it all came out, but did not get attached to anyone in the story.
January on Galveston Island means that one can still go fishing when northern sections of Texas and the United States are experiencing the brutal joys of old man winter. While one can stand on the gulf coast pier and throw a line into the ocean until the pier closes at five that does not mean the fish will cooperate. They certainly aren’t cooperating on this beautiful day when Dino comes out on the pier to talk.

Truman Smith has known Dino for a lot of years. Rarely does he come out and Dino never ventures out over the water even if it by way of a solid pier. Not only did Dino have to pay three bucks to come out onto the pier, he is missing part of his lineup of reality television talk shows that were so prevalent back in the 90’s. Whatever he needs is very important, at least to Dino, through Truman Smith isn’t exactly thrilled with him for a variety of reasons.

He is less thrilled when he hears what drove Dino to actually leave his home. Dino wants to hire Truman Smith and his private investigator skills to find the legendary local guy known as “Outside Harry.” An island fixture the man has been homeless for decades. Outside Harry has been homeless and probably always will be once he is found safe. It is a lifestyle choice for Outside Harry and one that will make him harder to find than the average person. Dino, who never was a part of the family business when gambling interests ran Galveston Island, has been making use of his contacts and can’t find him. Dino and his wife, Evelyn, want him found simply because he is missing and they are worried something might have happened to him.

“Besides,” Evelyn went on, “if you don’t look for him, nobody will. Nobody cares what happens to an old man like that.” (Page 8)

There is that as Truman is well aware. Dino is willing to pay in terms of cash and sweetens the deal with an unopened box of Tender Vittles for Truman’s cat, “Nameless” so Truman agrees to do a little looking. That search for Outside Henry leads him to a legendary island building, more than one ambush, and plenty more in “When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery.”

Third in the series following Dead on the Island and Gator Kill the read is a complex tale of mystery and deceit along with a touch of Texas History. Darker in tone than the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Series, the Truman Smith series features a private investigator that is trying to come to terms with his past and the guilt he feels. As such, each book finds him a little further along that path as he slowly copes with recent events. There are the occasional small flashes of humor, but mainly this book and the series in general is more action orientated with serious situations that are more detailed than in some of the author’s other books. This is a very good series that should be read in order due to the numerous events referenced in When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery. This series, much like the author, does not get the recognition that is well deserved.

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Kevin R. Tipple ©2015
This is one of the three books of the series that takes place near Galveston, and I definitely prefer those vs. the other two that take place elsewhere in Texas. (And I find this series to be more interesting than the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, because of the more fascinating location and its history, as well as the local characters.) Truman Smith is well-developed, credible and likeable; (humorous too). I won't re-hash the plot here, but there is plenty of action and mystery to satisfy most readers of this genre. It's worth reading this series in order, since there is definitely character development of both Truman and his friend Dino. (And I would rate the first book, Dead on the Island, even higher than this one.)

Although out of print, the series is readily available in e-book formats at affordable prices. I find them a bit short, but excellent value for the money. I wish Crider would continue this series with new books, preferably all taking place near Galveston.
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