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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael McGarrity Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kevin Kerney Series Release Date:
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Living in London while his wife serves as a military attaché at the American Embassy, recently retired Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney gets an early morning phone call that changes everything and sends him hurrying home to his New Mexico ranch. Riley Burke, his partner in a horse-training enterprise, has been mowed down on Kerney’s doorstep by an escaped prisoner cutting a murderous swath through New Mexico.

As the killings mount, Kerney teams up with his half-Apache son, Lieutenant Clayton Istee of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, to hunt for a psychotic murderer with a growing appetite for blood—who has no intention of being taken alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McGarrity, a former deputy sheriff, knows the drill. He also knows the territory, which he portrays in a blunt, invigorating style that, even after a dozen books, still feels fresh.”

    New York Times

  • “McGarrity's 12th Kevin Kerney novel (after Death Song) displays the author's usual fine sense of place along with an unusual amount of gore.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Razor-sharp procedural detail with a gripping noirish edge.”


  • “A taut and tidy thriller.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/20/2014

    " I've been reading this series from (almost) the beginning, so I can't trust myself to be objective about it; these characters are almost like friends by now. But I can tell you that the author never resorts to stale storylines, and his police methodology is flawless (he has a respectable law enforcement background). Kevin Kerney is a fascinating (if cantankerous) main character, and the author's descriptions of the New Mexico wilderness areas will make you feel as if you are there. There's something about these books that reminds me a bit of Tony Hillerman, too -- perhaps the tone and pacing of the writing, or perhaps the Southwest setting. A great book in a fun series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/11/2014

    " I love Michael McGarrity's books and can't wait to get my hands on his new ones. I felt he wasn't up to par with this one, he has done better, but all-in-all a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mrs. Schatz | 2/7/2014

    " It's set in New Mexico, I know the characters as if they were real people and it was a good vs. evil and good won!!! And Michael McGarrity is one of my favorite authors. What's not to like? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Viccy | 2/4/2014

    " I love that New Mexico is a character in all of Michael McGarrity's books. Kevin is finally getting wiser. "

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