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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576443
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rick Riordan is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre -- the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

His Percy Jackson series features a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the modern-day son of a Greek god. The Lightning Thief was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005. Film rights have been purchased by Twentieth Century Fox and a feature film is in development. The Sea of Monsters was a Child Magazine Best Book for Children for 2006 and a Publishers Weekly and BookSense national bestseller. The third title, The Titan's Curse, made the series a #1 New York Times bestseller, and the fourth title, The Battle of the Labyrinth, had a first printing of one million copies. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller. Film rights for The 39 Clues have been purchased by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

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BIG RED TEQUILA has been nominated by the Anthony Award Committee for Best Original Paperback.

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What People Are Saying about BIG RED TEQUILA
Hey folks, here are some recent reviews of Big Red Tequila. Hope you enjoy the book . . . "A stand-out! What makes this a truly worthy debut is Riordan's voice. Hard to escape calling it hard-boiled Tex-Mex but that's what it is. You can almost feel the summer storms rolling over South Texas." [Publishers Weekly, starred review] "You couldn't find a better book to curl up with on the beach, or on the porch of a mountain cabin, or in your backyard hammock. Grab a copy!" [The Purloined Letter] "The at-loose-ends son of a murdered sheriff returns to River City because his old love has called. Lots of San Antonio color and detail." [The Dallas Morning News] "Lots of local color and a bit of the fantastic. Tres Navarre . . . is a tai chi expert and PhD English Major . . . sort of a well educated Travis McGee. I enjoyed the heck out of the book." [Dillo Texas Educators List] "Folks who enjoy Parker's Spenser will like this one." [DorothyL]

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rick Riordan has written his first book, BIG RED TEQUILA, with the verve and confidence of an experienced author with several successful
mysteries published to his credit. His short, action-filled sentences easily carry the reader along from one suspenseful chapter to the
next without a stumble or loss of interest.
He uses familiar words in unfamiliar association. He creates clear
pictures of the scene and characters involved. He avoids the usual cliches which become so common-place in many mysteries. There is a definite "newness" about his writing.
His Texan use of Spanish is particularly well done and faithfully
reflects the cultural ambience of the City of San Antonio. It gives better definition to memorable personalities without dressing them in masquerade costumes.
I appreciate his handling of sexual encounters. His short comments
like, "back to the satin sheets," give the reader no difficulty in
picturing the activity of the characters without a clinical,
play-by-play account. Nor do I wish to be a voyuer.
His vernacular which may seem a bit profane to some readers like
me (past 75 years), is honest and genuine and will be overheard on most every bi-cultural street in the Southwest. Of greatest importance to me, I enjoyed reading the book. Isn't that its purpose?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 1998
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Any author who can create a enchilada eating cat named Robert Johnson captures my interest immediately. I smiled throughout this book and laughed out loud several times. I hope Tres keeps sticking his nose where it doesn't belong for many more books to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar 1999
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A friend gave me this book as a gift and I had it hidden away until I recently found it. I'm very glad I did. This book contains interesting characters (you would swear you know some of them), a good plot, a taste of San Antonio, Texas, with a hint of Jimmy Buffett to give it good flavor. I especially liked the nicknames the lead character gave to strangers. This was a very enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 1998
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As I read this book I thought it must be an old hand writing under a pen name. It was very well done! As a native of San Antonio the setting took place in my neighborhood and that added to the realism. A great first effort.
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By Amazon Customer on 23 Mar 2014
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As I have enjoyed reading Rick Riodan's Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicals I thought I'd give this a try. It's ok. A very easy read but not much to it or the characters.
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First adventure of Tres Navarre, good description of the life in the not-advertised part of San Antonio, I don't know how reliable though. The plot is enjoyable, with some good twists and some overrated clichés. All in, recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 1999
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i just read this book for the second time in as many days. this guy has a real gift for writing, from the snappy dialog and wry characterizations to the description of his old hometown. the plot (rescuing an old girlfriend from the bad guys who turn out to be a little too familiar for comfort) was maybe a bit predictable, but the writing was so stylish that it didn't matter. i loved tres, his gutsy discipline and his unwillingness to back down from anything, and i'm hoping to hear more about robert johnson, his feline sidekick, in the next book. garrett provided an interesting undertone as the older brother who occasionally overloads on reality. altogether a very slick, quick read. well done, mr. riordan!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug 1999
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This was the first mystery book that wasn't just about a brutal murderer or sick person. This was a murder, that wasn't a serial killer, not the kind of thing that would give you nightmares. It was just a normal guy's life mixed in with the capture of his ex-girlfriend. I loved every word of the story, and Robert Johnson was an incredibly clever character! I recommend this book to anyone who has half a sense of humor and the need to read a cleverly put together story that feels like it's coming right from the person's mouth!
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