Truman Smith is the central character in a series of mystery novels by American novelist Bill Crider. “Tru” is a nearly-40 retired P.I. from Dallas who has moved back home to Galveston, Texas in order to pursue the disappearance of his sister. Meanwhile, he earns his living taking odd jobs.

Truman Smith made his debut in the 1991 novel Dead on the Island. The most recent novel in the series is 1997’s Murder Takes a Break. Below is a list of Bill Crider’s Truman Smith books in order of when they were first published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Truman Smith Books


Dead on the Island(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gator Kill(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When Old Men Die(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Prairie Chicken Kill(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Takes a Break(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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