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The Widower's Two-Step (Tres Navarre Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 1998

3.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in the Tres Navarre Series

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"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own."
--Chicago Tribune

*"The characters are well-defined and original, the dialogue is tough and sharp, and narrator Tres's wry observations make him even more simpatico than the first time around. Riordan showed real talent in Big Red Tequila, but here, he's relaxed enough to make it look easy."
--Publishers Weekly, *starred review

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"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own."
--Chicago Tribune

*"The characters are well-defined and original, the dialogue is tough and sharp, and narrator Tres's wry observations make him even more simpatico than the first time around. Riordan showed real talent in Big Red Tequila, but here, he's relaxed enough to make it look easy."
--Publishers Weekly, *starred review

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Product Details

  • Series: Tres Navarre Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576450
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this second book in Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre series, PI-in-training Tres gets off to a bad start when the person he is tailing dies before his eyes (murder? suicide?). From there, our hero finds himself pulled into the worlds of drug dealing, family politics, and -- most deadly of all -- country music.
This title, like 'The Last King of Texas' (the third book in the series) starts off with a literal bang. But I found both 'Big Red Tequila' and 'Last King' easier stories to get into than this one was. Once the story starts moving, 'Widower's Two-Step' bears all the hallmarks of the Tres Navarre series: a plot that twists and turns, lots of characters (most with complex and hidden motivations), dramatic fights and confrontations, and truckloads of South Texas character. This book also introduces the Manos Detective Agency -- the employees of which have become regular characters in the Navarre series.
Devotees of the series will definitely want to read this title. I would recommend newcomers start with the first book ('Big Red Tequila') instead of dropping into the middle of the series, like I did. But even on its own merits, this interesting and atmospheric mystery is definitely worth a read or two.
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Immediately after finishing Big Red Tequila which I loved, I dived right into this continuing saga of Tres Navarre, his cat, his mom, his friends and his adversaries! Too much fun...I don't know much about the music business, but I do know about being an English major and teaching. Rick Riordan understands it, too. As he writes more and more about Tres Navarre, the reader gains even more understanding of this very self-sufficient but vulnerable character. Tres is all bound up in his past, but unafraid to face the present. He didn't have as much opportunity to use his tai che skills in this book...maybe the bad guys have heard about his prowess in the martial arts and just give him more space. It's fun to experience Tres as he interacts with friends from high school who have chosen questionable career paths--but they all seem to have particular talents that Tres can take advantage of as he works to solve whatever mystery has captured his attention. Everyone in this book has vulnerabilities so they are very believable characters. The plots twists and turns and keeps the reader wondering just how much more can happen. I loved this book. I can hardly wait for the Last King of Texas...it will be fun to see what happens to Tres and Robert Johnson, the cat. I know one thing--it will be thrilling and it will be fun!
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The Widowers Two Step is everything you could want in a mystery. The hero, practicing P.I. ' Tres Navarre' is one funny guy, some of his encounters with various 'Texans' are laugh out funny. Using Texas as a backdrop, each page comes alive as Tres moves about the state investigating and getting into peoples hair.
The story Tres finds himself involved in concerns a missing demo, a demo so important that people are prepared to kill for it. The paces quickens as the missing demo leads to some more and more dire situations.
Author Rick Riordan's dialogue crackles, Tres's 'friends' are truely memorable, and his enemies uniquely sinister.
Tres is cut from the same cloth as Robert Crias 'Elvis Cole' and a long lost relative of Chandler's 'Phillip Marlow'. He's a hero with a heart of gold, a loner looking for something more.
Believe the hype this guy can write!
Highly Recommended
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Award-winning author who writes well with humor and great descriptions. First time read for this author, will definitely read additional titles in this series, like the protagonist, Tres Navarre - recommended !
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By A Customer on July 26, 2001
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I really, really want to like the Tres character, after all, anyone who shares his home with a cat can't be all bad, right? However, after a pretty good start with "Big Red Tequila" this one took a giant leap backward. Mr. Riorden puts too many characters in his books, and then doesn't help the reader keep track of everybody. A woman we were barely introduced to in the first book, all of a sudden pops up as a sort of live-in in the second. Perhaps if I was able to read the books in one setting, I could keep everybody straight, but put it down for a couple days and I kept thinking I should have taken notes.
The first book had an interesting storyline, what with his old girlfriend and the murder of his father to keep him busy, but the story line in Two-Step gets all jumbled up, and in the end, isn't all that intersting anyway.
I am going to give Mr. Riorden another chance and I will read his third book in the series, but if the same problems persist, it may be my last. For me to enjoy a book, I have to like the character, and so far, I just haven't been able to care that much for Tres.
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Although not nearly as good as the Last King of Texas, my first introduction to the series, The Widower's Two-Step was a good addition. I'm not usually a mystery/cop novel lover but Tres Navarre is a great character, and I've liked every book with him so far. Some other reviews said that there were too many characters to keep straight, but I don't agree at all. This is a series with reoccurring characters, and all of the non- reoccurring ones have an important role in the mystery. Another reviewer said that this isn't award material, and I won't begrudge someone their opinion, but perhaps these books are just not for everyone. I personally find them funny and smart. A PI with an English Phd who practices Tai Chi? Can't you see the humor in that?
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