Synopses & Reviews
Triple-crown winner of mystery's most coveted awards—the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus Rick Riordan and his Texas-style take on the crime novel have never been bigger or darker than in this latest Tres Navarre thriller. This time Navarre faces a killer as unstoppable as a force of nature.
Tres Navarre had given up private investigation and with it a violent past that had buried too many friends. Newly married, with a baby on the way, it was time to find a safer line of work. He and Maia had come to Rebel Island to celebrate their honeymoon and a new future. But no sooner had they arrived than a reminder of the past showed up in the form of a corpse shot dead in room 12.
Just like that Tres finds himself flashing back on the memory of a grim childhood summer spent on the island a summer that changed everything in his life. A summer he could never forget but never entirely remember either. And when a second corpse turns up, it's clear to Tres that the past is not dead and buried after all, but is stalking Rebel Island with unfinished business of its own.
What really happened that long-ago summer, what dark secrets were kept, and who has come back to avenge them... these are the questions Tres, his brother Garrett, and the very pregnant Maia must answer and time is running out. For a monster hurricane is about to hit Rebel Island, cutting them off from the mainland and leaving them trapped on a flooding island with the hotel's remaining guests brutally dying one by one. Tres knows better than anyone that the bloodlines of South Texas are as twisted as barbed wire. This time they're guarding a revelation that can turn his dreams of happily ever after into the ultimate nightmare.
"'At the start of Edgar-winner Riordan's entertaining seventh crime novel to feature San Antonio, Tex., PI Tres Navarre (after 2005's Mission Road), Tres has just retired and married his longtime girlfriend Maia, who's eight-plus months pregnant. Tres's wheelchair-bound older brother, Garret, has persuaded the couple to honeymoon together with him and other old friends on the Texas Gulf's Rebel Island, where Tres and Garret spent vacations with their dysfunctional parents. When U.S. Marshal Jesse Longoria, a character from earlier books, is killed, Tres gets a chance to work out some unfinished business. As the bodies begin piling up, a lethal hurricane approaches. Fans will enjoy the update on Tres's life as he prowls through secret passageways hunting down the ghostlike killer while the roof of the island's old hotel begins to shred and the seas begin to rise. (Sept.)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[A] potent concoction of humor and suspense in a novel that is as refreshing as a Sunday-afternoon Bloody Mary." San Antonio Express-News
"If Tres and Maia are not quite as amusing as Nick and Nora of Hammett's The Thin Man series, they're clever enough. And Mr. Riordan is, if not a whirlwind of similes, at least a fountain." Dallas Morning News
"[A] worthy continuation of the series, a series that, in my judgment, supplies the best crime fiction so far produced by a Texas writer." Houston Chronicle
The award-winning author of "Big Red Tequila" delivers the most compelling thriller of his career in this sharp and atmospheric crime novel about justice and love.
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 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.