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The Resource Mission road, Rick Riordan

Mission road, Rick Riordan

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Mission road
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Mission road
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Rick Riordan
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  • Tres Navarre might get top billing, but Riordan’s latest San Antonio crime story really stars Maia Lee, the PI’s cool, compassionate girlfriend. When the wisecracking Navarre’s best friend is wrongly accused of shooting his cop wife, Tres goes on the lam with him to track down the real killer. But because Maia’s not a police target, she has a much freer hand to crack the case. So she employs her own considerable investigative skills to work through a cold-case murder file involving the shot officer’s mother, who happened to be the SAPD’s first decorated woman officer. Between brief calls to Maia, Tres and his pal flee from one dangerous situation to another as the dragnet tightens. A satisfying exploration of passion’s dark powers, the story moves along at a cracking pace. And although Riordan seems to telegraph the plot payoff almost from the outset, he ends up delivering several nifty twists. What had seemed to be merely an entertaining crime novel reveals itself as a clever mystery, too. -- Frank Sennett (BookList, 05-01-2005, p1534)
  • The past collides explosively with the present in Edgar-winner Riordan's relatively weak sixth Tres Navarre novel (after 2004's Southtown ) when Navarre's boyhood friend, reformed criminal Ralph Arguello, appears on his doorstep wearing a blood-soaked guayabera barely one step ahead of the San Antonio police. The cops believe Arguello's wife, cold case detective Ana DeLeon, is about to name her husband as the prime suspect in the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Franklin White, son of a local organized crime boss—and, more incredibly, that Arguello shot her to slow down the investigation. Arguello convinces Navarre he's being set up, and the two of them struggle to evade a citywide manhunt and discover the real killer's identity. Riordan jump-cuts between the present and the mid-1980s to tell the story of White's murder and to provide background for the main characters, including Ana's mother Lucia, one of the city's first female cops. While the parallel narrative adds much needed depth, it dampens the pace and momentum. But the book's biggest flaw is the sitcom-like familiarity of the characters, including Navarre himself—the self-deprecating, wise-cracking PI who could only exist as a fictional trope. Agent, Gina Maccoby . (July 5) --Staff (Reviewed May 16, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 20, p40)
  • Riordan's Texas p.i. with a degree in Medieval Lit is up to his anomalous old tricks, this time trying to crack a cold case while being chased by hot cops.The San Antonio police don't like Tres Navarre the least little bit. And they have their reasons. Item: a certain semi-disreputable friend of his, Ralph Arguello, is believed to have pumped a bullet into the chest of his wife, who happens to be homicide sergeant Ana DeLeon. Item: she's now comatose, prognosis as dismal as it can get. Item: Tres has gone on the lam with would-be cop-killer Arguello, and the SAPD, in no mood to make nice distinctions, regards this move as big-time guilt by association. Of course, there's much more to all this than meets the eye. Item: Tres and Ralph have been buds since high school, the kind that have always responded to trouble by covering each other's back. Item: Ralph adores his Ana, Tres knows, and wouldn't harm a hair of her much-loved head. Item: there's no real doubt in anyone's mind that whatever happened in Ana's kitchen is inextricably linked to whatever happened 18 years back on Mission Road, to a well-to-do young monster named Franklin White, remorseless murderer of a series of blameless young women. No question that White is extremely dead, clubbed repeatedly by someone intent on rendering him so. Not much question either that White deserved what he got. But who wielded the lethal club? Tres is convinced that Ana had at last penetrated the mystery, and that's why she was attacked. In order to take the heat off his pal and himself, Tres will have to find out what she knew.Competent, but its Edgar-, Anthony-, and Shamus-winning predecessor, Southtown (2003), prompted expectations of something more. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2005)
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Riordan, Rick
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Series statement
Tres Navarre mysteries
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0006
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  • Navarre, Tres (Fictitious character)
  • Private investigators
  • Married women
  • Policewomen
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Police murders
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Mission road, Rick Riordan
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23 cm
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293 pages
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9780553801859
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2005046404
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Mission road, Rick Riordan
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293 pages
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9780553801859
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2005046404
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unmediated
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