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The Last King of Texas (Tres Navarre #3)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Multiple-award-winning author Rick Riordan brings back smart-mouthed Texas P.I. Tres Navarre for his most dangerous case yet. If you think the academic world is deadly dull, you're half right....

When a controversial English professor is found shot to death, Tres Navarre — P.I. and
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Bantam (first published 2000)
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Tres Navarre mystery numero tres! A local university professor is murdered, and Tres agrees to take over his classes for the remainder of the semester – he DOES have a PhD in Medieval Literature, after all. Since he is now the third professor to take these classes in this school year, Tres cannot help but get involved into the investigation, especially since both his predecessors had received death threats.

Riordan writes a great mystery series featuring my home town. His scenes are vividly draw
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
Number 3 in the PI/college professor Tres Navarre series. A friend in his PI office is shot during a case; lots of rough customers. I thought this was very good, with lots of action and a likable main character.

(Rick Riordan has gone on to write many successful novels for young people. I really liked the Tres Navarre series.)
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts off with a bang (literally) and continues at a very high rate of speed. Tres Navarre is a cool dude, a good friend and full of witty comments. With a good supporting cast and a good sense of place, this is a very entertaining series.
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Tres Navarre, Tai Che master, is good at asking questions and reading reactions.  He also excells at getting beat up, hit in the face, and blown up.  And when he makes a bad decision, the consquences are huge.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I never realised that Rick Riordan (who I adore as a young adult author) was also a great mystery/PI writer as well. Enjoyed the dialogue, the character development, the plot. All good stuff here. I probably should have started at book one though, easy enough to read as a stand alone, but I think there was some history that I need to go investigate!
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I LOVE the Tres Navarre mysteries!!! As a native of San Antonio these stories trigger so many memories of places I've been, food I have eaten, and things I have experienced. It's been a long time since I've been "home", but Rick Riordan takes me back and I always enjoy the visit.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detectives
The Tres Navarre series is consistently good - I enjoyed the characters, trying to avoid a spoiler, but there was one I was hoping wouldn't turn out bad. Fourth title in the series checked out, ready for commute read.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone familiar with San Antonio, Texas, in the 1990's.
Plenty of action drives the plot of this novel, but I loved it for the setting in San Antonio and for the skillful development of characters of diverse ages and backgrounds.
Vishal Mehta
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The best Tres Navarre book so far!
Michele Arduengo
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this one a lot
Dan Janes
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third book following Jackson "Tres" Navarre, the 3rd. Riordan is excellent at forming extremely well-rounded characters and plots that are complex enough to be intriguing without being impossible to follow. I love Riordan's work and this certainly does not disappoint.

Follow Tres all around San Antonio as he hunts down the person who's been killing off professors at the university. The investigation reveals some dark history of several dangerous people. All around a great little mystery thri
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
#3 Tres Navarre series set in San Antonio TX. A few months ago, Tres Navarre--private investigator and PhD in English lit--turned down a professorship at a local university to pursue the necessary training for his official PI license. Now that the guy who took the job has been shot--after the university receives multiple threatening letters regarding racist statements made by another former professor--he's offered the job again in a dual role: he'll also get to keep his PI hat on. While at the u ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Tres Navarre series was a brisker read than the prior two, and not just because of it's 100+ less page count. Continuing to build upon existing familiarity with Tres and the people who surround him, 'The Last King of Texas' jumps straight into events and continues forward, foregoing the slow-moving setup of previous books. What new character introductions are done are done lightly, without all of the overly-burdensome detail that may flesh them out more, but is irrelevant t ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guyuuudi (happimood)
Well, well, well. Who would have thought that Rick Riordan could write a Tres Navarre novel with no sex scenes? Not I. But he did. Just as much language. Just as much violence. We have a few characters from Widower's Two-Step who continue to play significant roles in this book, but it is not just a re-hash. This is an all-new story and very well told. The hero's character even develops a bit. OK, just a tiny bit, but it's there.

And most blessed of all, the real hero is San Antonio and the surrou
Pele Lei-Sam
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: add
In the book The Last king of texas by Rick Riordan there are many characters in that book, with many different skills. The best person with skills is Tres Navarre, because his skills go hand in hand with his profession. For example for a Private investigator you need to be able to do many things. Like have interrogative skills to get information you need, you need to be super smart to able to solve problems, puzzles, and crimes. Say you’ve been caught by some bad people now you need to fight you ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I LOVE the Tres Navarre series. The dialogue is entertaining and witty, reminding me of Robert B Parker's Spenser for Hire series. San Antonio and other Texas settings are spot-on Texan in their descriptions. Tres is a bright private detective, even able to pose as a professor teaching a few classes in Medieval Literature at a San Antonio University! The supporting cast of characters are interesting and diverse from six year old genius Jem, his mom/Tres' boss Erainya Manos, fellow P.I. George Br ...more
Jessica Robbins
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I initially read this book to compare his writing in Percy Jackson to his writing for adults. Jumping in on the third in a series would not have been my choice, but beggars in the used book industry can't be choosers. So I think I lost a few references from earlier books, but there wasn't a lot that was pertinent to the story line that I couldn't pick up in context.

And oh my word, I really did enjoy this book. Tres is an awesome character, and somewhat brings to mind what Percy Jackson could be
Bernard Mcdonnell
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, coming from San Antonio helps when reading this book. The characters fit into categories of people I know in San Antonio. There are many woman from broken homes with cloudy pasts; men who scare me just to be around, armed and tatooed. Gang bangers living in west SA and almost everywhere in San Antonio. Restaurants like Los Barrioss, and dives like Poco Mas, and a grand cathedral, Our Lady of the Mount, local streets, Blanco and West Avenue, and of course, classic cars. Mix them together wi ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I didn't suspect the ending, either in bad guys or romance. Basically what you have here is a PI/English Professor of medieval literature, Tres Navarre, who takes a job at the University of Texas at San Antonio, trying to figure out who killed the last two guys who held the position. There are a lot of tight spots and fighting that Tres becomes involved with, sometimes it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, there are a few women involved, and a couple of kids. The characters are all ...more
Bonnie Banks
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprise from the past

How I happened on this book from 2000 I don't know, but so glad I did. Not a bit cozy, not quite noir, just solid PI mystery. Reading, I felt like the old Batman TV shots - Pow! Smash! Kick! - not that the action was cartoon-like, but just so intense and fast paced. Tree Navarre is a great character, intelligent, bilingual, attractive, loves cats and children yet can kick ass with the best. The character development is sparsely nuanced and powerful. The mystery is multi lev
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Tres Navarre is private eye that also happens to hold a Ph.D in English Literature which is all useful when a college professor is killed and he is asked to investigate. Throw in the required bad guys, good guys and a mystery woman and a mystery is born.

The start is a bit rough, a little to much Spencerish settings but as the book goes on it grows and the last couple of chapters are really good which leave you willing to try another one. After having read the young adult novels by Mr. Riordan I
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reads
This is the best one in the series yet! I feel like this is the book where Riordan found his stride as an author. I liked how this book felt more like a mystery book and I also appreciate that Riordan didn't repeat character types for his women like he did the previous two books. I'm excited to see how the series continues to improve and I'm also excited to see what roles (if any) the new characters that were introduced play in the future. For a more complete review check out my blog, Rachael Re ...more
Harold Shaver
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystey-crime
Rick Riordan who has found great fame in the YA genre with his Greek demigods series about Percy Jackson and his compatriots first found literary fame in the mystery crime genre with this gritty series about a Texas Medieval English Literature Ph.D. turned P.I. Riordan has created a young man with a past, a very rocky present and whose future seem somewhat cloudy. Each installment keeps getting better and better. Think Harry Dresden without the magic/paranormal stuff. You won't be sorry and I'm ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Keystone cops with a big ol' Texas flair. It just might be that I from Texas, but I really enjoyed this book. Some of the references to previous stories were hard to follow but not enough that it distracted from the story. The characters were lively and the story had unexpected twist and turns that I didn't see coming, which is always a pleasent change. Most "mysteries" are pretty predictable and follow the "mystery" pattern. I was leary of the whole professor/privite dick senerio, but it works. ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
If you think this book will be deadly dull, you're not wrong. Not only dull, but sexist, racist and downright offensive. And maybe the most offensive thing of all was the characterization. The flat, one dimensional narrator giving us an exposition of other stereotypical characters, not one of whom I found believable, but sadly having been to Texas, know to exist. I trawled through the first forty pages before realizing how little I cared for any of them or the plot. I usually enjoy trashy detect ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I've read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and loved them. So when I came across his adult book at the annual library book sale for free (I volunteer there), I scooped it up, not realizing it was third in a series. I was a bit lost until with all the characters (there are a lot!) until I was able to remember which character is which. So what did I think of my first adult book of his? hilarious and I would definately read more! I would like to read the first two in the series and would recomme ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
SETTING: San Antonio, TX
SERIES: #3 of 7
RATING: 3.25
WHY: When a professor is murdered at the University of Texas in San Antonio after the death of another prof, PI Tres Navarre is hired to teach English literature while investigating. A local family who runs an amusement ride business immediately captures his attention. This series is just OK for me. I can't pinpoint what it is that doesn't quite work.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This is the first of Riordan's adult novels I've read--actually listened to on audiobook. Loved it! Set in San Antonio, so there were many great references. And his children characters were actually real people and characters, unlike so many adult novels and especially mysteries. We like to listen to mysteries on road trips and this one was excellent.
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