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The Widower's Two-Step

By Rick Riordan
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Publisher Description

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.

Don’t miss any of these hotter-than-Texas-chili Tres Navarre novels:
BIG RED TEQUILA • THE WIDOWER’S TWO-STEP • THE LAST KING OF TEXAS • THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO AUSTIN • SOUTHTOWN • MISSION ROAD • REBEL ISLAND

8 Reviews

3.5
“And I come back to Tres Navarre! Did I enjoy it? Mostly yes. Was I disappointed? Yes and no. Not really, but sort of. It was one of those books where I was into it as I was reading it, but I could easily put it down if I had to. Then, I wouldn't necessarily be reluctant to continue it, but I wasn't in a hurry. Still finished it relatively quickly. It just felt so much slower and more drawn-out than the first book. Which is weird. It's not like it didn't have any action. It's not like stuff wasn't happening. I shouldn't consider it unexciting just because people were only pulling guns on each other every ten minutes (as opposed to every five minutes, like the first book). So, why do I feel disappointed? I honestly couldn't tell you. Maybe it's because the killer was basically whom he expected right off the bat (there was no mystery or twist there whatsoever). Maybe it's just second-book syndrome. Again, I just don't know. Just so you know, this book DOES have a twist at the end - it just doesn't involve the killer. I kind of enjoyed it, though I don't know why Tres just didn't do anything about it. That being said, I honestly don't know how it could be pulled off. I don't know the state of DNA analysis techniques in the mid- to -late 90s, but surely they were there to some extent. Though maybe there was no DNA to analyze? I'm not sure. As a side note, I also liked the subplot with Tres interviewing for a position as an English professor. Part of me hopes he takes the job, and just does his investigative work on the side. There also might be some foreshadowing there, since apparently the next book involves murdered English professors at the very University for which he interviewed. I still feel like Tres got away with way too much, like with first one. All in all, I DID enjoy it, despite everything I just said. I'm making it seem like it wasn't exciting or action-packed when it was. I think I just hampered my enjoyment by comparing it to the first book too much. I'm definitely going to continue with the series and probably finish it. Onward with hope!”

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of six previous Tres Navarre novels—Big Red Tequila, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards; The Widower’s Two-Step, winner of the Edgar Award; The Last King of Texas; The Devil Went Down to Austin; Southtown; and Mission Road. He is also the author of the acclaimed thriller Cold Springs and the young adult novel The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.

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