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Aptly subtitled "A Novel of Secrets," this dark, probing tale examines the destructive ripple effects of a child's death on those around her--especially after doubts arise whether it was accident, suicide, or murder. In the harrowing opening pages, 16-year-old Katherine Chadwick ODs on heroin while babysitting little Mallory, daughter of her parents' best friends. Then the tale leaps forward nine years: both couples' marriages are in ruins; Katherine's father, once a schoolteacher, is now a bruising "escort" for a reform school in the Texas outback called Cold Springs; and his next assignment is to capture none other than Mallory, now 15 and in trouble.

Texas native Riordan, whose Tres Navarre series has earned acclaim and awards, evokes the landscapes around Cold Springs with vividness and authority, and also brings that sensibility to the book's Bay Area scenes:

Chadwick ... stepped out into the growing gloom of the evening. Down the block, he could hear the lowrider cruising, its stereo setting off car alarms all across the neighborhood like a bloodhound flushing quail.
But it's the book's complex plot and richly realized people--most notably its troubled teenagers (Riordan is a middle-school teacher)--that give Cold Springs substance and heft. You may need to persist through some tangled exposition in the first 75 pages or so, but the payoff is well worth it. The long climax offers a stunning series of cascading revelations, including a final kicker that changes everything. Riordan is the real deal. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Riordan is a middle-school teacher in San Antonio, which explains why this unorthodox suspense novel-Riordan's first break from his Edgar-, Shamus- and Anthony-winning series about private detective Tres Navarre (The Devil Went Down to Austin, etc.)-centers around two very different kinds of schools. One is Laurel Heights, a private middle school in San Francisco, where a dedicated staff deals with the needs of the privileged children of the affluent. The other is Cold Springs, a survival school in the mountain country of Texas, where a former army Ranger rescues teenagers who have slipped over the edge. Linking the two schools is Chadwick, a huge man who looks like George Washington; he teaches history at Laurel Heights and then becomes an escort at Cold Springs (run by his old Vietnam buddy) when his own teenaged daughter, Katherine, dies of a drug overdose. Chadwick, who blames himself for Katherine's death (he was about to leave his wife for Ann Zedman, the woman who runs Laurel Heights), is a complex and interesting character, and the pressures on him are believable and absorbing-especially when Ann's daughter, Mallory, becomes a Cold Springs candidate. Riordan tilts the playing field by introducing a truly dysfunctional family, the Montroses, and tracing a string of murders related to Katherine's death. Knife-throwing, wild shooting and hairbreadth escapes up the ante, sometimes to the point of overkill, but Riordan is so good at moving his story along-and showing how fragile children's lives can be-that most readers will forgive him his excesses.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579970
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really like Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre books. Tres is a great guy and a great character. Even in the deepest mysteries or most desperate straits, he always strikes me as someone who's basically in control, and a fun guy to hang out with.
The characters in "Cold Springs" aren't like that.
If the Navarre stories are fast-paced and entertaining, "Cold Springs" is edgy and uncomfortable. All of the characters are tense and troubled. All their lives are dark and desperate. And with one or two exceptions, none of them were ultimately particularly easy to be around. Even Chadwick, our hero, is battling too many demons ever to feel comfortable with. In fact, I never felt comfortable in this story at all, never able to relax, and never certain about what might be around the next corner.
I loved it.
"Cold Springs" has all the intricate plotting we've come to expect from Rick Riordan. Suspicion points at one character, and then another. Nobody seems trustworthy, not even our hero. But when you finally reach the resolution, most everything falls into place. As you read this, keep in mind the subtitle on the front cover: "A Novel of Secrets." Secrets are always being revealed -- right up to the very end.
Riordan's plot is complex and winding, but his characterizations deserve praise too. As I read this, I was reminded of Tolstoy's famous opening line, "All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Here, every miserable, troubled person is miserable and troubled in his or her own way, and each of them, including the several teenagers, is true to life (or at least convincing to someone like me who has mercifully avoided that kind of misery in my own life).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy on the Ocean on May 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
WOW!! Riordan has done it again. I was skeptical at first to get Cold Springs, Riordan's first book away from the Tres Navarre series. However, now having read Cold Springs, I feel that it may be Riordan's best book to date. Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. If you like Rick Riordan's previous books or are just looking for a good suspense/thiller novel then get this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Baumer on July 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of the Riordan's mystery series, and don't usually like stand-alone thrillers. This book is different. It's one of the best reads I've picked up in a long time. I don't buy many books (usually preferring library checkouts), but had to buy this one, and surprisingly it was completely worth it. I couldn't put it down towards the end. The characters are believable and sympathetic; the story compelling. And best of all, it kept me guessing throughout with some questions answered all along the way. Highly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Mystery Reader on October 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fabulous book. Action packed enough to satisfy thriller-readers, with enough psychological studies to satisfy people who like character-based books, with twists and turns galore to satisfy people who are trying to figure it all out. I changed my mind every couple of pages on the "who did it" -- even though I got one part of the "why done it" right. Not a laid-back meandering book, even though some of the language is very descriptive and poetic. Something for everyone.
Beth
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Rick Riordan book and suffice to say, it is a stunning combination of complex plotting and characterization. Full of secrets. Deception. Lies. Murder. Revenge. Grief. You name it..it's here. Interesting that Riordan chose not to give us our protagonist's first name. He is known only as Chadwick, and that may indicate the kind of personality Riordan wanted us to identify with. The cast is full of unique and uncompromisingly original people: the young Mallory, victim of a cruel childhood disaster, now drug-ridden and sent to a "reform" school in Texas; John and Ann Zedman, her divorced parents; Norma, Chadwick's ex-wife; counselor Olsen; escort Kindra; the Melrose family; David, a [***]-kisser; etc., etc. Riordan weaves his plot intricately and pulls a few surprises at the end.
A very good book, one to be enjoyed by fans of the genre and others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron Franscell, Author of 'The Darkest Night' on June 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The typical death toll in a contemporary thriller would populate a small city. Today's crime-fiction writers gleefully dispatch more souls than Forest Lawn, and rarely is anyone haunted by the carnage or the shadows.
The ghosts are thick in Rick Riordan's new thriller, "Cold Springs," but not because a lot of people die in a first few blood-splashed pages. Quite the contrary. These ghosts -- like Riordan's cast of characters -- once had three-dimensional form and feelings, and they haunt the heart more than the noir-ish corners of rain-slicked cliché.
"Cold Springs" is Riordan's first stand-alone thriller, a departure from his Edgar- and Shamus-winning series featuring wise-cracking San Antonio private-eye Tres Navarre. While the Texas middle-school teacher has now returned to the character who first put him on the radar, "Cold Springs" shows he has the chops for more stylish prose in the headlong rush of a multi-level, rapidly twisting plot.
Riordan's voice is smooth, accented with a South Texas drawl and punctuated by evocative imagery -- hills that look like "scar tissue, swollen and raw and pink" or a voice that "stung like sleet." Such metaphor from the mouth of the irreverent Tres Navarre would elicit a Chandler-esque groan -- and often does -- but transplanted to a deeper story with more complex relationships and landscapes, it's not out of place.
It's a matter of degree. "Cold Springs" doesn't portend a new trend toward literary thrillers, but it flirts with slightly more "character arc" -- the way a protagonist changes over the course of a story -- than most of today's purely plot-driven stuff. It ain't even so high up the tree that it will put off page-turning mystery fans who measure good "literature" by high body counts and bizarre ways to die.
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