Rick Riordan's first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn't get enough of its hero's offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower's Two-Step, was published, it quickly earned an Edgar Award. Instead of accepting a teaching position at the university, Tres is finishing up his apprenticeship for a private investigator's license. He's doing a poor job of surveillance on the fiddle player in a promising honky-tonk band: she is shot in broad daylight while he watches. Shaken, Tres begins an investigation on his own. It's not long before he discovers that some people will do anything to capture a lucrative recording contract. With suspense as sizzling as the southwestern sun, and a truly colorful cast of characters, The Widower's Two-Step is a hit with mystery lovers well beyond the Lone Star State. Narrator Tom Stechschulte's performance adds just the right spice to Tres' character.
Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and former teacher of English and History. His career started with teaching in various schools in Texas, after earning h I s double major from the University of Texas at Austin. His favorite subject that he taught in almost every class was Mythology, since he enjoyed it and most students really enjoyed it. That interest gave way to his very popular series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and The Kane Chronicles, a trilogy focusing on Egyptian mythology. In 2014 came The Heroes of Olympus, which was the sequel to the Percy Jackson series about Roman and Greek mythology.
Twentieth Century Fox purchased the rights to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and released a full feature film in February of 2010. Riordan has written many successful book series for children and adults. His newest series, Magnus Chase and the God's of Asgard begins in October of 2015, with the release of the first book, The Sword of Summer, focusing on Norse mythology.
Riordan lives in Boston with his wife and their two sons, who inspired the Percy Jackson series through its beginnings as a bedtime story.
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