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Big Red Tequila by Rick Riordan

Big Red Tequila (edition 1997)

by Rick Riordan

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Title:Big Red Tequila
Authors:Rick Riordan
Info:Bantam (1997), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:mystery, series, private eye, Texas

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Big Red Tequila by Rick Riordan

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Overall the book is average, but at times it gets confusing with their being a lot of entangled plot lines. Rick Riordan is a good writer, though, and it really comes together with all the random plot lines making sense as necessary pieces in the end. For the most part the book is engaging and definitely hard to put down as everything starts to unravel and wrap up in the last quarter of the book. I think I'll give the rest of Tres Navarre series a miss. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Returning to San Antonio ten years after his father’s death, Jackson "Tres" Navarre is determined to find the truth of his father’s death. But his investigation uncovers a conspiracy and reveals secrets causing him to wonder about people that he has known his entire life. And when his used-to-be girlfriend disappears, he finds himself in the middle of a kidnapping . . . and more.

Filled with lighthearted moments, delightful characters, and the clever antics of a cat that answers to the name of Robert Johnson, readers will find themselves drawn into this story with its strong sense of place, its humor, and its complex plot of big business and political machinations.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 30, 2016 |
good but not my favorate style of mystery, narrator OK except for several repeatedly mispronounced words ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 2016 |
Jackson Navarre III (a/k/a “Tres” Nevarre) has returned to San Antonio after 10 years in California. He had left in the wake of his father’s murder, and now he wants answers, but mostly gets trouble.

Riordan’s book is populated with colorful characters. In addition to Tres, there’s Lillian Cambridge, a talented photographer and Tres’s high-school love. Ralph Arguello made his fortune with a series of pawn shops and is completely loyal to Tres. Beau Karnau is a fading artist who has been Lillian’s mentor and business partner in a small gallery. Guy White is a reputed mob boss, who insists he is just a businessman and philanthropist. Jay Rivas is a cop with secrets to protect and a seeming vendetta against Navarre. Dan Sheff is the scion of an old family, heir to their construction business, and was recently engaged to Lillian (until she gave the ring back and then phoned Tres and asked him to come back from California). Garrett – Tres’s half-brother – is a paraplegic who is a computer whiz and drives a van decorated with plastic fruit and paintings of Carmen Miranda on its sides. And let’s not forget Robert Johnson, Tres’s enchilada-eating coffee-drinking cat.

The plot is appropriately intricate, involving old vendettas, past loves, unfaithful spouses, greedy politicians, and crooked cops. But Tres has a stubborn desire to get to the truth, and his old friends (and his father’s) are still willing to help him.

Riordan’s writing gives just the right flavor of San Antonio (and made me hungry for GOOD Mexican food). In all, entertaining and engaging. I’ll read more. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 25, 2016 |
I've been a fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series since it began, so when I learned that prior to turning to YA novels, he had written a series of Texas private eye mysteries, I thought I'd give them a try. Big Red Tequila is the first in that series, featuring Jackson "Tres" Navarre, the son of Jackson Navarre Jr. who, ten years before the story begins, had been gunned down in front of his son and friend while returning home from his Sheriff's job in San Antonio. Tres fled to San Francisco and remained there for 10 years, learning tai chi and earning a Ph.D. in English literature, supporting himself with investigative work for a law office, among other things; but when his old flame Lillian contacts him, he returns to his native city in part to perhaps rekindle his old relationship and in part to finally work out who killed his father and why. But the answers are far from simple to find, and there are far more people willing to kill rather than let him discover the truth.... As with the YA books, this adult novel is full of memorable characters and high-energy action scenes, although neither are as refined as they become in Riordan's later work. I enjoyed the murky underworld of San Antonio and some of the individuals were well worth getting to know, but I'm not as enamoured of Texas as the author might like his readers to be. I would read more in the series if I stumbled across them, but wouldn't really go out of my way to find them; so, a lukewarm response from me. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Nov 18, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553576445, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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A man comes home to San Antonio, Texas, to rescue his old girlfriend and solve the 12-year-old murder of his sheriff father.

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