Rick Riordan's debut novel shows he has what it takes to be a big-time player. The characters are fully formed when introduced and his masterful descriptions of San Antonio take the reader there. The plot even held up through a long string of twists and turns.
A good mystery with plenty of twists and turns and unusual and interesting characters. The main character, however, is why I enjoyed this book so much - anything that can happen to him does, but it's his wise-cracking attitude that also makes you laugh - something not often found in mystery novels.