Edgar Award-winner Rick Riordan captures San Antonio at its grittiest with his mysteries featuring Jackson "Tres" Navarre - unlicensed P.I., Tai Chi master, and imbiber of Big Red cream soda laced with tequila.
It’s been a decade since his father was murdered and Tres left town. But he’s got an itch that can only be scratched by looking for answers. Returning to San Antonio with his enchilada-eating cat, he uncovers a conspiracy involving the Mafia and dirty politicians. It isn’t long before Tres stirs up more trouble than he can handle and finds himself the target of ill-willed bullets.
Crack another case with Tres Navarre.
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Yes, It was written well and fun. Good story.
I love this author. He reminds me of Robert B Parker. One of my favorites, I will miss his books. I am happy to know I can still listen to books close to his.
Good story and characters, and although this is the first in the series, the books keep getting better.
Tres, the lead character, because he is so unconventional. Tai Chi master, PHD from Berkeley, a Texas boy, and a great bartender! Weird, but it works!
His voice is great, and the way he performs the characters
I had a few lol moments.
As stated above, I love Rick Riordan. This is definitely more adult in nature than the Kane Chronicles or the Percy Jackson books. He knows how to write to a target age group/audience, and be relevant to that group.
I grabbed this book because I had listened to some other books by the narrator. Since I enjoyed detective novels and since I'm from Texas I figured this would be a good choice. Like any first book in a series it takes a little bit to get going, but this one isn't too bad. We get into some action right on the outset. Great story!
However like another reviewer has said, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get over the mispronunciations. For most people they won't notice, but being someone who lives in Texas it seemed to throw me off a bit every time. Otherwise a great listen.
Since I am from San Antonio, I could visualize the places described in the book. There were too many characters and much of the book was spend developing them. This took away from the actual story line.
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
Yes, to someone like crime series novels. Tres Navarre is a different sort of "detective". Ostensibly a private investigator, he has an interesting past which plays an important part in this novel and continues to take the later novels into unusual territory.
The relationships between characters. Tres and Mia Lee, Tres and the Pawn Broker. The relationships are rich and layered, like real peoples' relationships.
No, but I like the reader's performance and his voice works pretty well for this series. I give him decent marks for the women's voices too.
Navarre's cat, Robert Johnson, is a cute device.
Riordan was able to paint a San Antonio murder mystery with an abrubtly lovable hero, Tres Navarre who needs friends in all places to help him investigate his father's murder. I couldn't turn it off.
Overall, the story was interesting and kept my attention. But there is one think I remember most about this audiobook. Mr. Stechschulte kept pronouncing "javelina" with a "j" instead of an "h". Now, maybe that's the way they say it in Texas, but it's not the way we say it in Arizona. You may be thinking that word wouldn't come up much in this book, but it did quite a few times. Each time it was like nails down a chalkboard.
I love the book but I have one big problem that made me cringe every time I heard the narrator say Javelina this is from Webster dictionary "ja·ve·li·na \ˌhä-və-ˈlē-nə\" it is pronounced ˌhä-və-ˈlē-nə. My English is not proper but anybody from Texas would not say it like he did. I love Tom Stechschulte in this and other books just the one word.
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