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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: December 2008 ISBN: 9781440743207
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 Viccy | 2/4/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/31/2014

    " McGarrity added depth to his usual pretty good Hiliermanesque mystery. Lots of murders, all by an escaped prisoner, but in this book you follow not only the murderer but the murder victims families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/17/2014

    " New Mexico ex-cop comes back from England where his wife is stationed to solve murders by a prolific killer. I liked the characters. The plot was well thought out. Just a good all around mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoy this author and this series. The villain is on a murder spree, a lot of murders! I was surprised by the ending. I haven't decided if I really liked the way it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 1/15/2014

    " It is the continuing story of retired Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney. If you have read the series you know Kevin has had many traumas and like changing experiences in his life, including finding a son he never knew about, who as fate may have it is a policeman at the Reservation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/4/2014

    " It's good to see a changeup in format here. Unlike the usual "whodunit," McGarrity focuses on the criminal mind, as the audience knows the criminal throughout the novel. One of his better books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 1/3/2014

    " I read mystery series for the characters more than the action/crime and this installment took half the book before Kevin Kerney was actually doing something in the book. I don't understand why this genre is becoming increasingly violent. A reflection of our society, perhaps? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 12/26/2013

    " I generally like McGarrity but just can't seem to get into reading this book. I'm putting it aside for now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickett | 12/19/2013

    " Always a good, solid police procedural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 12/11/2013

    " Creepy--about a serial spree killer who is just lucky enough to be dangerous and sociopathic enough to be functional. I like this series about Kevin Kerney and Clayton Istee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 8/1/2013

    " Modern lawman mystery set in New Mexico. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 3/3/2013

    " This book was not what it was advertised. I found this book to be really boring. The plot was predictable. It was lacking action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mascanlon | 12/24/2012

    " Another solid police procedural from Michael McGarrity. This time Kevin Kerney, retired and living in London returns to his New Mexico ranch and tracks a kilelr through the mountains with his son Clayton Istee also a law enforcement officer with the sheriffs department. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/19/2012

    " Exciting as all McGarrity's books are but way more violence. The hero even shoots the villain. So much for law and order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hanje | 6/15/2012

    " I have always enjoyed Michael McGarrity. I love the setting (New Mexico) and I like the characters well enough. However, this book was entirely too bloody for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ksafford | 6/1/2012

    " Not a blockbuster, but enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Bremser | 12/20/2011

    " I really like Michael McGarrity's series, this one did not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 11/23/2011

    " This story is about a serial murderer being chased by the police. It has a few well thought out characters and a twin brother who should have been fleshed out more, especially at the end when the opportunity is wasted on minor types. 7 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 11/11/2011

    " Michael McGarrity's 12th New Mexico based Kevin Kerney novel features a partnership with his newly discovered Native American son, Clayton Istee, and a sociopath on the run. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/21/2011

    " This book was not what it was advertised. I found this book to be really boring. The plot was predictable. It was lacking action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 1/21/2011

    " This was an amazing addition to a perfect series. Kevin Kerney and his son, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Lt Clayton Istee, are after a truly psychotic killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/9/2010

    " One of the enjoyable books in this series. I try never to miss one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 2/5/2010

    " Michael McGarrity's 12th New Mexico based Kevin Kerney novel features a partnership with his newly discovered Native American son, Clayton Istee, and a sociopath on the run. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/16/2010

    " New Mexico ex-cop comes back from England where his wife is stationed to solve murders by a prolific killer. I liked the characters. The plot was well thought out. Just a good all around mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mascanlon | 12/30/2009

    " Another solid police procedural from Michael McGarrity. This time Kevin Kerney, retired and living in London returns to his New Mexico ranch and tracks a kilelr through the mountains with his son Clayton Istee also a law enforcement officer with the sheriffs department. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/1/2009

    " It's good to see a changeup in format here. Unlike the usual "whodunit," McGarrity focuses on the criminal mind, as the audience knows the criminal throughout the novel. One of his better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 7/6/2009

    " McGarrity added depth to his usual pretty good Hiliermanesque mystery. Lots of murders, all by an escaped prisoner, but in this book you follow not only the murderer but the murder victims families. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 6/23/2009

    " I read mystery series for the characters more than the action/crime and this installment took half the book before Kevin Kerney was actually doing something in the book. I don't understand why this genre is becoming increasingly violent. A reflection of our society, perhaps? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/18/2009

    " I enjoy this author and this series. The villain is on a murder spree, a lot of murders! I was surprised by the ending. I haven't decided if I really liked the way it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 5/18/2009

    " 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? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hanje | 5/10/2009

    " I have always enjoyed Michael McGarrity. I love the setting (New Mexico) and I like the characters well enough. However, this book was entirely too bloody for me. "

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About the Author

Michael McGarrity is a New Mexican author and former deputy sheriff of Santa Fe county. He received degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Iowa in English and psychology; he is also a graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. He has written a dozen crime-suspense novels, all set in New Mexico. Some of his works include Serpent Gate, The Judas Judge, Under the Color of Law, The Big Gamble, and Hard Country. He has recieved many nominations for his work, and in 2004, McGarrity received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in Literature. He has also published a number of articles in professional journals on a variety of topics, including drug treatment interventions, program assessment and evaluations, and therapy programs for children. In addition to being a law enforcement officer, he has been an investigator and caseworker for the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office and has taught at several colleges and universities. He has been instrumental in establishing a number of scholarships, including the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at Santa Fe Community College, and others. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.