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Rick Riordan has loaded his first mystery with lots of genre baggage: this story about a man coming home to San Antonio, Texas, to rescue his old girlfriend and solve the 12-year-old murder of his sheriff father is a virtual homage to James (The Last Good Kiss) Crumley. But Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his hometown that he very quickly marks the territory as his own. Tres Navarre has put behind him the teenage days when he and his friend Ralph Arguello would cruise through San Antonio, drinking a ferocious mixture of cheap tequila and Big Red cream soda. A University of California Ph.D. in English plus a fascination with t'ai chi ch'uan led Tres naturally enough to work as a private investigator in San Francisco. But one call from the love of his early life--the mysterious and captivating Lillian Cambridge, now trapped in dangerous work and love relationships--and Tres gladly trades his trendy Peet's coffee for the stronger brews of home.
Winner of the 1998 Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the 1998 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original!
"A standout...A crooked construction company, corrupt cops, old enemies--you can almost feel the summer storms rolling over South Texas."
---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It was OK. Not what I expected from this author. Some slow points but the ending was pretty good.Published 22 days ago by Ryan L. Frisby
I really enjoyed this book, that I have read all in the series up through book 6, I just started book 7. I hope the author keeps writing more Tres Navarre stories.Published 2 months ago by Richard C
Not the greatest mystery story, but I just love how Mr. Riordan writes - his sense of humor and ability to use creative metaphors is consistent across his works.Published 3 months ago by Elisabeth Carlson
Fun read lots off humor and interesting characters and plot twists. Not want I expected bit lots of fun and hard to put downPublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Tres Navarre is every bit the improbable hero and a man struggling with a past. Frozen and forced from home by his father's death only to return for the love of a woman who may be... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason Premo