Crash Course - Truman Kicklighter, Bk 2 Author:Kathy Hogan Trocheck Retiree extraordinaire Truman Kicklighter returns in the second installment of a simmering Florida series by one of today's hottest suspense writers. When Truman's twenty-something pal is taken for a ride by a used-car dealer, he has to put the brakes on a scam with a deadly payoff. — Truman's young friend Jackleen Canaday has bought ... more »herself the car of her dreams, a hot red '88 Corvette with cool leather upholstery, but the ink's hardly dry on the contract when she realizes she's got a nightmare on her hands. The 'Vette reeks of lemon, and Jeff Cantrell, the suave huckster who sold her the car, refuses oh-so-politely to take it back. Much as Jackie loathes Cantrell, she's shocked when she goes by the lot one evening and finds something that looks an awful lot like his corpse. She's even more shocked when the cops arrive a few minutes later and there's no body to be found.
Enter Truman, who hates to see a friend cheated and hates even more to pass up a juicy puzzle. Cantrell's employer, the surpassingly oily Ronnie Boundurant, insists that Cantrell quit abruptly -- something about a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity -- but Truman's acquaintances on both sides of the law suggest that Cantrell and his boss have been seen in the company of a local drug lord. Truman goes undercover and gets a ringside seat at the scene of several crimes, from insurance fraud to usury to -- he's increasingly convinced -- murder. He unearths a bloody trail that leads from the dealership to Tampa's strip-clup strip, and quite possibly to his own demise.« less