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written with verve and confidence
on 5 July 1997
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?