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Nothing But Trouble (Kevin Kerney Novels Series Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Michael McGarrity
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From Publishers Weekly

Returning from 2004's Slow Kill, stoic Sante Fe police chief Kevin Kerney receives an unexpected visit from Johnny Jordan, a childhood friend and now cantankerous former rodeo pro, who convinces Kerney to serve as a technical adviser in the shooting of a local western film. Eager for a break, Kerney heads to the location in southwestern Bootheel with his lovely wife, Army Lt. Col. Sara Brannon, and his young son, Patrick, in tow. But what starts out as a working vacation in this seventh Kerney outing quickly detours into a bloody crime scene when the body of an undercover Border Patrol agent is dumped onto Highway 81. In no time, U.S. Customs joins Kerney's investigation into a possible illegal immigrant and drug smuggling operation. Meanwhile, Sara's army job unexpectedly takes her to Ireland where she must track down and seize the notorious George Spalding, a gemstone smuggler and wartime deserter. McGarrity focuses on the details of the settings and on the characters' tactical maneuvers career- and parenting-wise. The result is slightly amplified sleuthing, deftly swapped out at surprising moments to the POV of the bad guys, and with fine but low-grade intensity.
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From Booklist

The title of this latest in the Kevin Kerney series misses the point entirely. Yes, many cop novels, especially those veering toward noir, are about nothing but trouble, but McGarrity's series--at least since Kerney became Santa Fe chief of police and married career army officer Sarah--has been about all sorts of things besides trouble: domestic life in a long-distance marriage and the joys and frustrations of middle-age parenting, for example. McGarrity's remarkable eye for detail, always the hallmark of his series, remains so, whether the hero is choosing a day-care facility or working a stakeout. This time the action is split between Sarah tracking an army defector in Ireland--a story begun in Slow Kill (2004)--and Kerney serving as a consultant on a movie about rodeo competitors. There's plenty of trouble on both fronts, of course, but McGarrity never loses sight of the everyday, even in the heat of battle. Longtime fans of the series may yearn for some of the edginess of the early installments, but that's how it goes with life--either too much excitement or not enough. Bill Ott
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  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002HUU02O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive vs Active January 29, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Mc Garrity seems to be moving in the direction of local description ala Hillerman or Burke as he moves his principal character out of Santa Fe to actions in the bootheel of New Mexico. As a consultant to a film company being funded by a questionable childhood friend, Kearny becomes involved in events which are at first unclear: is it drug smuggling, illegal aliens, something else? And who is doing it? And which government agancies are involved? Well it all gets worked out in the end - but I suspect there is another novel lurking about the friend and his murky doings. In addition, this novel could as honestly be subtitled a Kevin Kearny and Sara Brandon novel, for virtually a third of the novel deals with her efforts to resolve a mystery her husband Kearny uncovered in a previous work. The somewhat jumbled result of her success which implicates her superior's crony is a transfer to Iraq near the end of the novel, an event which leaves us hanging and begs for a sequel. So, although this is a well written and nicely plotted novel, with the main plot of the story resolved, it still leaves a bit too much hanging. By the way, early in the novel an odd, unconnected short vignette of a wealthy young woman shoplifing at art events which is very distracting. I must confess, the descriptions of the horse country and cattle ranches are gripping. Kearny's fathering touches anyone,, but I miss, I guess the outcome of the earlier novels, (Tularosa, Judas Judge, Big Gamble) just a smidge of that feeling of good triumphant at the end of a crime novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much trouble -but total frustration January 31, 2006
Format:Hardcover
McGarrity has solid strengths going for him as a crime novelist: he knows the stuff he writes about from personal experience (from the nitty-gritty of police work to off-the-beaten path New Mexico scenes) and best of all, he knows how to bring it all to life with a very likable hero enmeshed in gripping plots, with outstanding locales as backdrops.

Then, it is a mystery as to why in his last two books his plots and settings seem to be moving away from what used to work so successfully in the previous books (starting with Slow Kill, even the jacket art is changed to generic stuff -also missing from the recent books are those quaint hand drawn maps showing the area of action). In Slow Kill, the plot was diffused -as the story was split between NM and CA- and the California scenes were distracting and did not work very well, especially in contrast to the superb handling of settings and mood in the New Mexico part of the story. Does this have something to do with change of publisher, perhaps?

This shift in strategy is much more pronounced in Nothing but Trouble, his latest book. McGarrity has the action slowed further, and diffused over different geographic locations, from NM to Ireland, ending in Iraq. There is very little action that we care about involving Kerney (he is even contemplating retirement from being Police Chief of Santa Fe); but the good news is, about 1/3 of the way into the book we discover that there is another book burried in the middle: Kerney's wife, Lt. Col. Sara Brannon has her own adventure, with a totally separate storyline (one that got its start in Slow Kill as a Kerney case) that takes place mostly out of the country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not McGarrity's best February 8, 2011
By wendy
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mr. McGarrity seemed to have trouble focusing on a storyline in Nothing But Trouble. None of the plots were fully developed, and too many questions remained dangling at the end of the book. I have enjoyed all the other Kevin Kerney novels, but this one disappointed me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Nothing But Trouble" isn't McGarrity's best May 29, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This latest Kevin Kerney novel finds Kerney and his family at a cross roads. The Santa Fe Police chief knows that his current lifestyle is not working. With his job in New Mexico and his wife Sara currently assigned to the Pentagon he is unable to see her or his three year old son Patrick as he wants too. With the nation at war and Sara unable to leave her job and not wanting to either, Kevin is beginning to think that it is time to move on.

Moving on is also a concept he also feels should apply to his former friend Johnny Jordan. Johnny always had one scheme or another going while he chased women and drank to excess. That hasn't changed but the schemes have gotten grander. This time he intends to produce a modern day western and wants Kevin involved as a technical advisor for old times sake. Though suspicious of Johnny's real motives, Kevin needs a change of pace and decides to accept the proposition.

Before long, Kevin finds himself deep in a murder investigation that may have links to illegal immigrant smuggling and organized crime. He is also deep into parenting as Sara is off to Ireland on a far reaching investigation of her own that first began several novels ago involving desertion and smuggling. Kevin juggles both and before long, finds himself failing at all of it.

This latest book in the series, that 10th overall, clearly is a set up for the next one. Fundamental changes in their lives are happening and neither Sara nor Kevin is very sure about where their professional careers are headed. A story plot that could have been exploited and yet is not given nearly as much attention as the focus is primarily on the details of how to make a movie.
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Excitement from start to finish!
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I like every thing McGarrity writes. hes one of my go to authors
Published 2 days ago by Bonnie Small
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Good read.
Published 14 days ago by ROCKY4570
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I enjoyed this book. I like the continuity of the previous books that tell the story of Karney and Sara.
Published 28 days ago by Elaine C. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence as always
Another great book by Michael McGarrity!
Published 1 month ago by RStraus
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the trouble.
I have read sevgeral of this persons novels, starting with the first in the series. I continued to read because the firsat novel seemed pretty good to me, but they have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ben Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. A police thriller in a modern day ...
Great read. A police thriller in a modern day western genre.
Published 2 months ago by David H. Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book in an excellent series
Another excellent book in an excellent series. As a horseman and a cutter to boot, some of Mr. McGarrity's horse related background needs better research, but over all great... Read more
Published 3 months ago by chip
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good I have read most of His Kevin Kerney Novels
It was good I have read most of His Kevin Kerney Novels . this one was almost to descriptive with scenery and not as edge of the seat mystery, still great but ...
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael McGarrity is a excellent writer and he keeps his stories...
I have bveen reading this series and this is the 3rd last book. Michael McGarrity is a excellent writer and he keeps his stories moving. This is a very good series. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Audrey h shanahan
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