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Product Details

  • Series: Kevin Kerney Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451203607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451203601
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A new Kevin Kerney mystery is a bright spot in any publishing season, and in McGarrity's fifth book in the series, he brings Kerney back home to southern New Mexico on the trail of a spree killer who's murdered six victims at remote campgrounds. But something in the crime pattern tells Kerney these murders aren't as random as they first appear. Instead, they seem to be senseless killings meant to cover up the last one, a very personal crime involving family secrets hidden for generations. It's supposed to be the last case for Kerney, whose unexpected inheritance of a vast tract of prime ranchland and recent marriage to a career army officer (Hermit's Peak, Serpent Gate) have him putting in for early retirement from the police force. And it's all mixed up with a stalker seeking revenge on Kerney for his part in an Internal Affairs investigation that got a cop kicked off the force and led to a deadly gunfight that still haunts Kerney.

This is a solid bull's-eye for McGarrity. It leaves the reader hungry for his next, in which presumably Kerney will rethink his retirement plans as he copes with impending fatherhood and the kind of financial freedom most lawmen never experience. What makes this series work is not only its likable hero but also the brilliant evocation of the American Southwest he calls home. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

McGarrity's novels keep getting richer as they change focus slightly with each new publisher. This novel, the fifth in the series, is the first to be issued by Dutton, McGarrity's third publisher; it's also the most personal book of the series, with Kerney, Deputy Chief of the New Mexico State Police, now married to career U.S. Army officer Lt. Col. Sara Brannon and about to become a millionaire by selling the huge tract of land he inherited in Hermit's Peak (1999) to the Nature Conservancy. The story opens with a slam-bang scene in which Kerney is forced to shoot a crooked cop. The theme recurs, but the meat of the novel involves the murders of six people in quick succession. The police at first think they're "spree" killings, but Kerney soon identifies the last crime as different and its victim, a retired district court judge, as the real target. Most of the action focuses on Kerney's methodical and excruciatingly detailed police work, as well as on his spot-on intuitive hunches. Although this volume moves a little slower than the previous four, it still rivets attentionAnot with shoot-'em-ups and car chases, but by gradually uncovering secrets hidden by a large cast of well-drawn suspects, with McGarrity serving up enough red herrings to sate the population of Stockholm. It's the discovery of the murderer's means, opportunity and psychological make-up that makes this such a difficult caseAand a book that's hard to put down. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is well written,entertaining and easy reading.
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My dad enjoyed another book by this same author and encouraged me to start reading Michael McGarrity's books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I too am an avid McGarrity fan. As I begin to read this latest installment in the series, I felt the familiar rush of interesting plot building that I have come to appreciate in previous Kevin Kerney novels. Yet this novel doesn't invoke the same excitement and surprises that have been the hallmark of McGarrity's writing. Also, what makes Kerney an interesting character is the fact that he is an everyday man, working hard to materialize his dreams. Something a lot of us can relate to. With Kerney's sudden inheritance and marriage, the entire plot begin to read like a grocery store romance dream novel. The sudden and surprising money does nothing to enhance the character and the marriage line is weak, unrealistic and totally unnecessary. Now with the discovery of a son and a baby on the way with his new wife, I hope that McGarrity will soon retire this series and let Kerney and family live "happily ever after" or free Kerney from his current path and bring back the vibrant hero we fans have come to enjoy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nobizinfla on March 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Michael McGarrity is a strong writer with a marvelous protagonist in Kevin Kerney.
Set in New Mexico, the reader can experience the landscapes that Mr. McGarrity paints with a wonderful verbal brush.
Kevin Kerney has grown, evolved and developed greatly as a central character as the series has progressed. That is not to say that any in the series is weak. Quite the contrary...it is a powerful series.
It is realistic as the procedural part is most logical. It shows the grunt work necessary, the part luck plays and never to believe in coincidences in solving crimes.
The plot is always in motion and this action is the focus of the book. The personal life of the primary characters weaves thru the narrative, but never gets in the way of the flow of the whodunit.
Mr. McGarrity is high on my "A" list and I recommend this series highly. Start with "Tularosa" and I think you will be hooked.
This is one writer I would really like to meet at a reading and signing.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ross S. Randall on June 24, 2000
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This action packed story, set in New Mexico, is a book I couldn't put down. Michael McGarrity continues to develop his primarary character, the man's man, Kevin Kerney. This is a GREAT READ from the exciting first chapter through the final page.
Buy and read this book and you will, if you are not already a fan, be reading the other four of his books.
I highly recommend this book, without any reservation. I can't wait for the next one to emerge from this author with the background, experience and knowledge of his subject matter. He tells things as they really are in law enforcement and on the street.
I've seen it all, as a lawyer and criminal procecuter, and from my personal view, McGarrity has directness and tells things truthfully and factually as they happen in the "real world" of criminal investigation.
Michael, thank you for another great read. Keep up the good work; my wife and I can't wait until your next book is published and we continue to follow the development of your characters. We and our friends that we have passed our books on to have all enjoyed your work.How about incorporating the Good Friday murders on the walk to Chayamo into a future plot?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The pressure for a fast arrest is phenomenal, but New Mexico State Deputy Police Chief Kevin Kerney understands why. Six murders including a judge in a remote section of the southeast desert is fodder for the media and politicians. In turn, they stir the citizens into a frenzy of fear especially since the killings look like the work of a random lunatic.

The brass believes that a maniac aimlessly committed the murders, but Kevin takes a different paradigm. He wonders if the judge was the target and the other five victims a cover. As he digs deeper into the case, an unknown assailant makes attempts to add Kevin to the count.

The fifth Kerney mystery is an excellent entry in an already strong regional series. The why done it is powerfully laid out albeit at a more leisurely pace than usual because Kevin's personal life is more involved. He is now married to a military officer, has a woman from his past help him on the case, and is about to become rich from selling some land. This allows readers a more in depth look at the hero which shows how good Michael McGarrity has become in balancing characterization with plot.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
McGarrity is one of my favorite authors, but this story is not one of my favorite stories. It is too full of baffling lies and stone-walling by the people being interviewed. That word 'interviewed' is key here. Most of the book is a series of inconclusive interviews of people who seem only marginally connected to the story, and who consistently tell the cops to get stuffed. The web connecting these interviews, the real meat of the story, is Kearney's life. Even that seems fractured and inconclusive. I enjoyed the little bits of Kearney's life that were included, but they were like an appetiser when I wanted a meal. I wish that the story had been written differently. It was a good story line, but too thinly constructed to hold my interest. Kearney's discovery of the existence of a son and the perfidy of the mother of that son should have been explored in more depth, but that, like the other story elements, left me asking "Is that it? Isn't there more?" Not the best in the series, but at least a link in the chain.
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