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)
Aside from the cat, there's not an original thing about Tres Navarre. Too many characters, too much plot, too little action. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003 by T. King
Riordan's debut of his series character, Tres Navarre, is a competent mystery written with evocative Texas imagery and a good sense of humor. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by "irongiant"
Ten years ago, Jackson 'Tres' Navarre left San Antonio to escape the memories and burdens of his sheriff father's murder, which he witnessed. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001 by Andrew S. Rogers
This is the first book in Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre series. Riordan teaches middle school English for his "day job. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001 by TundraBee
It's a big book...lots of pages, lots of characters, and lots of Texas lore and description. Lots of action, too...fights and bullets and druggings and cracked bones and teeth. Read morePublished on June 5 2001 by Judith Lindenau
Fans of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series are likely to find another quasi-hero to root for in the Tres Navarre series. Read morePublished on March 27 2001 by Carol Peterson Hennekens
One of the really great things about the "private eye" genre is that each author picks a particular locale for their main character to live and work in, and the reader,... Read morePublished on July 10 2000 by Wayne C. Rogers
This one was a struggle for me. I never felt like I got to know any of the characters, and thought there were too many of them. The whodoneit was never clearly defined for me. Read morePublished on June 4 2000 by nobizinfla