Truman Smith
Created by Bill Crider

Galveston is the unique turf of TRUMAN SMITH, retired Dallas private eye. Pushing forty, obsessed with the disappearance of his sister, his only living relative, Truman quits the PI biz and moves back home to Galveston, off the Texas coast. There, he makes a living of sorts, doing odd jobs, living in the top half of an abandoned Victorian house full of second-hand furniture, old paperbacks, early rock'n'roll 45's and an ornery old orange tomcat he calls Nameless. Despite a bum knee that ended a promising football career, Tru manages to keep in shape, which comes in handy when he decides come out of retirement to help out someone every now and then.

Genial Texan gent Bill Crider writes the Blog Bytes column for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, but he's best known for his crime novels and stories -- he has five mystery series currently going, most notably the one featuring Sheriff Dan Rhodes. Truman's debut, Dead on the Island (1991), was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, and he also writes a fun series of short stories featuring Bill Ferrel, a Hollywood dick who somehow seems to always ends up tracking down missing animals.


  • Dead On The Island (1991) ..Kindle it!
  • Gator Kill (1992) ..Kindle it!
  • When Old Men Die (1994) ..Kindle it!
  • The Prairie Chicken Kill (1996)
  • Murder Takes a Break (1996)


  • "A Matter of the Heart"  (1994, Murder for Mother)
  • "Poo Poo" (Spring 1998, Louisiana Literature)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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