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Rick Riordan

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Rick Riordan was born in San Antonio, Texas and still lives there with his wife and two sons. His award winning mystery series features private investigator Jackson “Tres” Navarre. Riordan taught English and history for many years in middle schools in San Francisco and San Antonio. He is also well known for the successful Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books for young adults. Although he writes full time now, he has a strong connection to education and teaching and continues to make classroom visits.

What he writes: Rick Riordan’s Tres Navarre is an English professor who turns to detective work as a private investigator when he’s unable to find a teaching job in his field of medieval literature. All the books in the series create a strong sense of place, reflecting San Antonio from the viewpoint of a Tex-Mex conglomeration who likes his tequila and practices Tai Chi Chuan. Tres is drawn back to San Antonio when he is summoned to solve the unsolved murder of his father, a former county sheriff. Prison breaks, country music, drugs, and human trafficking figure in many of the novels. His older brother Garrett, long distance girlfriend Maia Lee, and a cat named Robert Johnson round out the cast of characters.


List of works
Tres Navarre Series
  Big Red Tequila (1997) Southtown (2004)
  The Widower's Two-Step (1998) Mission Road (2005)
  The Last King of Texas (2000) Rebel Island (2007)
  The Devil Went Down to Austin (2001)  
Other adult fiction
  Cold Springs (2003)
1998 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel for Big Red Tequila
1998 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original for Big Red Tequila
1999 Edgar Award for Best Original Paperback for The Widower’s Two-Step
2002 Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel for The Devil Went Down to Austin
2002 Shamus Award nominee for Best Novel for The Devil Went Down to Austin
What the critics say
"Riordan writes so well about the people and topography of his Texas hometown that he quickly marks the territory as his own." - Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune (July 6, 1997)
"Tres's taste for excess is as ferocious as his addiction to fiery food, and the fearless joy he takes in his roughneck adventures gives a real kick to this colorful series." - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times (January 23, 2000)
"Just when you think the shamus subgenre might have been milked to death, along comes talented Riordan to demonstrate what brisk pacing, smart plotting, and an immensely likable protagonist can do to revive it." - Kirkus Reviews (March 1, 2004)


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