Riordan, Rick

Book 5.0 of Tres Navarre

Language: English

Publisher: Bantam

Published: Jan 1, 2004

Words: 67333
Pages: 299


Someone is coming to Southtown, San Antonio, and the only thing on their mind is destruction. His name is Will 'the Ghost' Stirman, prison escapee and murderer, and he has one thing on his mind: revenge. That's a problem for private investigator Tres Navarre, whose boss and mentor Eraiyna Manos has a past with Stirman that puts her on his hit list. As Tres digs into the past, he unpicks a thread he really doesn't want to pull.**** **Rich with dusty Texan atmosphere, *Southtown* is the fifth book in the multiple-award-winning Texan suspense series by the internationally bestselling author of the Percy Jackson novels.** ** ### Review Texas PI Tres Navarre, Riordan's series hero, is back in this gritty thriller about an escaped killer seeking revenge on everyone who put him away--including a detective's widow who just happens to be Navarre's partner. Will Stirman, the mastermind behind a human trafficking operation, was brought down by Fred Barrow and Sam Barrera, who killed his wife and stole his seven million dollars. Barrera is slipping into senility, and Barrow's death was a bad dream Erainya Barrow would just as soon forget. But now Stirman holds her life--and her young son's--in his hands, and he won't let go until he gets his revenge as well as his money. There's plenty of violence but not a lot of suspense in this solidly crafted but ultimately forgettable mystery. *--Jane Adams* ### From Publishers Weekly Riordan's superb fifth Tres Navarre novel (*Big Red Tequila*, etc.), about the former Berkeley professor now working as a PI in his native San Antonio, Tex., features a fairly standard-issue villain, Will Stirman, but it also has the courage and imagination to make Stirman if not sympathetic at least understandable in his rage against the people who stole his life. The author also makes us believe in the tortured, untrustworthy brain processes of Sam Barrera, a former FBI agent now trying desperately to keep working as a PI in spite of rapidly advancing Alzheimer's. Barrera and former cop Fred Barrow ended Stirman's career as a flesh peddler selling illegal Mexican immigrants into slavery, and the first thing on Stirman's mind after a bloody prison escape is revenge against these two. But Barrow is long dead, shot by his abused wife, Erainya Manos, the tough and touching woman for whom Navarre works. When Stirman turns his rage against Manos and her eight-year-old son, whose soccer team Navarre coaches, the Texas PI gets more involved in the search for the escaped convict than his local police friends would like. Coping with Barrera's heartbreaking mental lapses and trying to balance his anger at Stirman with a growing feeling that a lot of the man's anger might be justified, Navarre walks a thin, highly believable and surprisingly suspenseful line that should delight old Riordan fans and win new ones. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.