The Devil Went Down to Austin
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About the author
Rick Riordan is the author of three previous Tres Navarre novels -- Big Red Tequila, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards; The Widower's Two-Step, winner of the Edgar Award; and The Last King of Texas. A middle-school English teacher by day, Riordan lives with his wife and family in San Antonio, Texas.
In the press
"Powerful writing about a palpable evil distinguishes Edgar, Anthony and Shamus award-winner Riordan's fourth Tres Navarre novel. ... An extremely skillful writer, Riordan manages a complicated plot without losing narrative force."
-- Publishers Weekly
Raves for Rick Riordan:
"In Rick Riordan's case, believe the hype. He really is that good."
-- Dennis Lehane
"If not the king of Texas crime writing, Rick Riordan is certainly among the princes!"
-- The Denver Post
"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own."
-- Chicago Tribune
"Rick Riordan has a Texas-size talent for spinning a great story."
-- Tami Hoag
"There's a reason why this guy keeps winning awards. ... Rick Riordan is a master stylist. I can't wait for his next."
-- Harlan Coben
And for The Last King of Texas:
-- The Washington Post
"Raise your margarita to Rick Riordan. ... This tale of revenge and remorse sizzles and skids like drops of water on a hot skillet."
-- Texas Monthly
"Tres's taste for excess is as ferocious as his addiction to fiery food, and the fearless joy he takes in his roughneck adventures gives a real kick to this colorful series."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Starts off with a literal bang and then gathers speed from there."
-- Entertainment Weekly