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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.

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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

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