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About the author
Rick Riordan is the author of two previous Tres Navarre novels--Big Red Tequila, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards, and The Widower's Two-Step, winner of the Edgar Award. A middle-school English teacher by day, Riordan lives with his wife and family in San Antonio, Texas, where he is at work on his fourth Tres Navarre novel.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Multiple-award-winning author Rick Riordan brings back smart-mouthed Texas P.I. Tres Navarre for his most dangerous case yet. If you think the academic world is deadly dull, you're half right....
When a controversial English professor is found shot to death, Tres Navarre — P.I. and Ph.D. — is the only local academic crazy enough to accept the emergency opening at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Police assure him they already have a suspect, so while they wrap up the open-and-shut case, all Tres has to do is teach three classes, grade on a curve ... and walk in a dead man's shoes.
It should be an easy assignment — but one thing Tres doesn't do is easy. When the evidence in the case starts looking a little too perfect, when the killing doesn't stop, Tres takes on some extracurricular research into the heart of an assassin — and lands in a high-stakes game of gangster honor on the darkest streets of San Antonio's West Side....
Random House Publishing Group
; December 2013
400 pages; ISBN 9780804151955
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Title: The Last King of Texas
Author: Rick Riordan
In the press
Advance praise for Rick Riordan's The Last King of Texas:
"In Rick Riordan's case, believe the hype. He really is that good, one of a tiny number of authors who can consistently make me laugh out loud. With stylistic talent to burn, characters who jump, fully realized, from the page in a matter of seconds, and an enviable sense of both place and pacing, Riordan's novels rock. The Last King of Texas proves Riordan only gets better."
"Rick Riordan has a Texas-size talent for spinning a great story, and The Last King of Texas is exactly that!"
"There's a reason this guy keeps winning awards. The Last King of Texas is Riordan at his best--razor-sharp dialogue, crisp prose, a wonderful sense of place, and P.I. Tres Navarre, one of the coolest dudes I know. Rick Riordan is a master stylist. I can't wait for his next."
--Harlan Coben, Edgar Award-winning author of The Final Detail
And praise for The Widower's Two-Step, winner of the Edgar Award:
"My favorite of all the new investigators running around out there. A great story that moves faster than a drunk falling downstairs."
--Robert Crais, author of L.A. Requiem
"The wide-open Tex-Mex atmosphere is right on target...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."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Big Red Tequila, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards:
"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own."
"The wide-open Tex-Mex atmosphere is right on target -- 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." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Widower's Two-Step
"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own." --Chicago Tribune on Big Red Tequila -->