When Old Men Die
By Bill Crider
Truman “Tru” Smith is a PI who’d rather be reading Faulkner or fishing on his beloved Galveston Island than solving mysteries, so when his friend Dino asks for help, Tru at first demurs. With some not-very-subtle arm twisting, Dino finally persuades Tru to investigate the disappearance of Old Harry, a homeless vagrant whom Dino and his family have “adopted.” Tru makes some half-hearted efforts to find the old geezer–who Tru figures probably disappeared because he felt like it–but only succeeds in getting shot at, doused in the Gulf, and bopped on the head. Of course, these events not only make Tru cross, they also rouse his suspicions about why somebody is so determined to keep him from finding out the real reasons for Old Harry’s disappearance. It’s not long before Tru discovers that some very nasty business is going on–business that isn’tin the best interests of Tru’s island.