Download Hermit's Peak: A Kevin Kerney Novel Audiobook

Hermits Peak: A Kevin Kerney Novel Audiobook, by Michael McGarrity Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Michael McGarrity Narrator: Ed J Araiza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kevin Kerney Series Release Date: June 1999 ISBN: 9780743548243
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

When an old family friend unexpectedly leaves Kevin Kerney 6400 acres of high country land outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, the thing Kerney wants to think about is police work. Taking a rare weekend off from his job as deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police, Kerney sets out to explore the land, a rugged mesa in the shadow of Hermit’s Peak.

Before Kerney can get very far, he comes upon an ailing stray dog with a woman’s running shoe in its mouth. The dog leads him to the butchered bones of a murder victim, and Kerney finds he’s inherited a homicide along with a ranch. Determined not to see his weekend ruined, Kerney turns the investigation over to the state police district office and continues his survey of his windfall inheritance, only to find that timber thieves have clear-cut a great swath of woodland in a remote canyon.

Unsure of whether he can pay the inheritance taxes, hold on to the land, and realize his dream to ranch again, Kerney returns to Santa Fe. There, he finds that Sara Brannon—a woman he cares deeply about—has arrived to visit him. As Kerney and Sara begin trying to sort out a relationship that means more to both of them than either is willing to admit, Kerney is called back to Hermit’s Peak. Another murder victim has been found at a remote cabin next to Kerney’s property, and he is soon engaged in a race against time to solve two murders and avert another. Filled with breakneck action and authentic detail, Hermit’s Peak is Michael McGarrity’s most involving novel yet.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “McGarrity is a pro, and a good one. But what makes the book special is his affinity with the land. He makes you feel how ancient and inscrutable it is; he even hints at some of its ancient secrets in the way the land has shifted and evolved over the years. There are passages that border on the theological. His nature descriptions are always evocative and occasionally brilliant. And the way he relates what the land has meant to various peoples over this century—Native Americans, white ranchers, and some of the eggheads who trooped here to worship at the altar of the atom—has a Steinbeckian authenticity that gives the book its singular heart and soul.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A clever hybrid of the Western and mystery genres…Araiza, known mostly for his work in the theater, narrates the story with an appropriate air of mystery—his soft, deep voice lulls us into a sense of security that we figure must be false. The story is full of the kind of detail that mystery fans look for…and the urban Western setting will appeal to fans of writers like Larry McMurtry.”


  • “The Kerney series has become the class of the post-Hillerman New Mexico stable by creating characters who are equally at home on the mythic range and in the contemporary world.”


  • “McGarrity’s plotting mirrors real life so effectively that readers will grieve for or celebrate with characters by this tale’s bittersweet end—always a sure sign of good writing. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

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.