The Last King of Texas
By Rick Riordan
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553579918, 400pp.)
Publication Date: April 3, 2001
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Multiple-award-winning author Rick Riordan brings back smart-mouthed Texas P.I. Tres Navarre for his most dangerous case yet. If you think the academic world is deadly dull, you're half right....
When a controversial English professor is found shot to death, Tres Navarre — P.I. and Ph.D. — is the only local academic crazy enough to accept the emergency opening at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Police assure him they already have a suspect, so while they wrap up the open-and-shut case, all Tres has to do is teach three classes, grade on a curve ... and walk in a dead man's shoes.
It should be an easy assignment — but one thing Tres doesn't do is easy. When the evidence in the case starts looking a little too perfect, when the killing doesn't stop, Tres takes on some extracurricular research into the heart of an assassin — and lands in a high-stakes game of gangster honor on the darkest streets of San Antonio's West Side....
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.
"Raise your margarita to Rick Riordan.... This tale of revenge and remorse sizzles and skids like drops of water on a hot skillet."—Texas Monthly
"Starts off with a literal bang and then gathers speed from there."—Entertainment Weekly
"If not the king of Texas crime writing, Rick Riordan is certainly among the princes in a royal family that already includes James Lee Burke."— Denver Post
"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own."—Chicago Tribune