Synopses & Reviews
The triple-crown winner of mystery's most prestigious awards the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus Rick Riordan blasted onto the crime scene with one of its freshest and most intriguing protagonists, Tres Navarre. In Mission Road
, Navarre returns in a wrenching crime drama in which he must revisit the sins of the past to catch a killer about to get away with murder...again.
San Antonio private investigator Tres Navarre is used to working on the edge that razor-sharp line between legal and life sentence. But this time he's stepped straight into a no-man's-land. When an old friend appears at his door spattered with blood and wanted for attempted homicide, Tres doesn't have to think twice about where his loyalty lies or the consequences.
Ralph Arguello is a criminal who put the street life behind him when he married SAPD detective Ana DeLeon. Now Ana's been gunned down and her fellow cops don't need to look far to find a prime suspect. For Ana recently reopened the most infamous cold case in SAPD history the unsolved murder on notorious Mission Road eighteen years before that threw the San Antonio underworld into bloody chaos. Ana was about to bring charges against the suspected killer: her husband, Ralph Arguello. Tres is sure that Ralph didn't do it and that he didn't shoot his wife. But with the police and the Mafia both out for revenge, there's no one to turn to for help.
Now, armed and dangerous, the targets of a citywide manhunt, Tres and Ralph have just hours to discover what really happened on Mission Road almost two decades ago. To find the truth, they must set a collision course with the past and with a secret that will tear their lives apart.
"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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"In Rick Riordan's case, believe the hype. He's that good." Dennis Lehane
"Riordan has a knack for showing readers a crazy good time." New York Times Book Review
"[T]he heart of Mission Road belongs to Etch Hernandez, a man with deep and conflicted feelings for his dead partner....That and an unexpected twist in the book's final pages make [it] another satisfying entry in this rule-breaking series." Washington Post
"Riordan's Texas p.i. with a degree in Medieval Lit is up to his anomalous old tricks." Kirkus Reviews
"What had seemed to be merely an entertaining crime novel reveals itself as a clever mystery, too." Booklist
About the Author
Rick Riordan is the author of six previous Tres Navarre novels—Big Red Tequila
, winner of the Shamus and Anthony Awards; The Widowers 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.
From the Hardcover edition.