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The Widower's Two-Step [Mass Market Paperback]

Rick Riordan
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May 4 1998 [Tres Navarre
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
 
Tres Navarre has just hours of apprenticeship time to serve before he can go for his P.I. license. Staking out a musician suspected of stealing a demo tape should be a piece of pan dulce. But his attention wanders just long enough for fiddle player Julie Kearnes to be gunned down before his eyes. He should just back away and let the cops investigate, but backing away has never been Tres's strong point.

The missing demo and Julie's murder are just two of the problems besetting Miranda Daniels, a pint-sized singer with Texas-sized talent. She's the prize in a tug-of-war between two music hotshots who want to manage her career. One has a habit of making bad things happen to people he doesn't like. The other has just vanished without a trace. As Tres looks into the dirty dealings surrounding Miranda, it becomes clear he's stepped into a rattlesnakes' nest of greed, double cross, and murder—and he may be the next to be snakebit.

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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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars More like a slow waltz July 26 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Tres Navarre and his friends still have me hooked! March 17 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Tres Navarre and his friends still have me hooked! March 17 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS AUTHOR March 30 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After years of illegally working without a license, Tres Navarre has been serving as an apprentice private investigator to Erainya Manos in an effort to become legitimate. His current assignment is to conduct a surveillance of fiddler Julie Kearnes, who allegedly swiped a demo tape of a rising musical newcomer, Miranda Daniels. However, as he becomes distracted, his mark is killed by a sniper.
Though Eranya, the police, and his older brother tell him to drop the case, Tres cannot let go of it. He soon finds himself embroiled between two rival agents who want Miranda working for them. One of them, Les Saint-Pierre, has vanished and no one except his assistant Milo Chavez seems concerned. The other manager, Tilden Sheckly, has a reputation for eliminating anyone who gets in his way. As Tres continues to investigate the musical dealmaking engulfing Miranda, he realizes that he has placed himself into a dangerous situation in which one misstep could lead to his death.
THE WIDOWER'S TWO-STEP is a wonderful who-done-it, starring an interesting and fun to read about lead character. The support cast adds depth, humor, and reality to a story line that does not miss a beat and Texas has never looked any better. Readers will enjoy this terrific tale and its predecessor, BIG RED TEQUILA. Rick Riordan has the talent o take him to the top on the express lane.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keep Reading
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by annie wehrli
2.0 out of 5 stars Award winning?
Riordan has created an interesting and original character in Tres Navarre, and I will trust other reviewers' claims that the local color--an important part of any private eye... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2000 by Puzzled
3.0 out of 5 stars good locally, mediocre globally
Rick is really strong in his representation of characters, situations, and scenes, and Tres is a very compelling protagonist. Read more
Published on July 6 2000 by Daniel J. Connelly
4.0 out of 5 stars The Texas Two Step
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... Read more
Published on July 1 2000 by John J. Raspanti
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
Reminded me of a UT student on the 7 year plan. A great 200 page story that is told in 380 pages. Hope the next is better.
Published on June 26 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars The Widower's Two-Step
I've enjoyed Tres from his outing in "Big Red Tequila". The Widower's Two-Step left a lot to be desired. Read more
Published on March 14 2000 by Rafik
3.0 out of 5 stars worried about Texas
Living in the Northwest,I had some trouble following some of the local Texas language,brands,and places. Read more
Published on March 5 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars New blood...
I'm very excited to have discovered Rick Riordan's new series! It reminds me of Robert Crais's Elvis Cole, and it may even be better. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2000 by J.Timothy Dwight
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
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... Read more
Published on Dec 20 1999 by "fogden"
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