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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael McGarrity Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kevin Kerney Series Release Date: May 1997 ISBN: 9781470325343
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Critically acclaimed author Michael McGarrity’s powerful tale is packed with constant surprises and nonstop action. When retired Santa Fe detective Kevin Kerney discovers a mysterious body, his quiet summer in the Gila Wilderness is interrupted. Narrator George Guidall holds you spellbound as Kerney tangles with a modern paramilitary group and a vicious 60-year-old feud. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Exciting…McGarrity blew critical and commercial socks off…with Tularosa…now he goes for the boots.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Mexican Hat has it all—cattle ranchers, the US Forest Service, militia groups, poachers, land-grabbing murderers, Game and Fish Department investigators and locals who just want to be left alone.”

    Albuquerque Journal

  • “McGarrity delivers on the promise of his accomplished debut…A large cast of tough, believable characters brings life to a complex, action-filled plot…[McGarrity] ingeniously orchestrates character, place, action, history, and relationships into another outstanding novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “George Guidall lends dignity to the limping, 40-something, would-be rancher, who has taken a summer job as a forest ranger. Guidall enlivens the innumerable characters involved in a sixty-year-old family feud, a militia movement, Mexican-American issues, small-town politics and more…His renderings of the stunning landscapes evoke the author's love of the Southwest, luring listeners to the story with the setting.”


  • “Features authentic detail and realistic description. The dialogue has an easy, natural flow…This is an exciting, well-crafted story with a likable, sympathetic hero, appealing heroine and secondary characters, and appropriately vile villains. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “The equal of its acclaimed predecessor, Tularosa. The contemporary western setting is carefully drawn and functions as a character as well as a backdrop. Kerney himself has a number of reasons to be bitter over the turns his life has taken but never succumbs to them. He’s tough but not a superman; he’s sharp but not Holmes. He’s a good man willing to do difficult, often painful work. He’s very much worth getting to know.”


  • “A bulging taco of a novel, overstuffed with villains, old secrets, crooked cops, and bang bang bang…written with a chemistry and majesty that’ll make it irresistible to Tony Hillerman fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 1/20/2014

    " Modern lawman mystery set in New Mexico. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/16/2014

    " Kevin kerney novel. Action involves wildlife poaching and ongoing feud between militia opposed to national forest service and environmentalists controlling land use. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Van Tuyl | 1/11/2014

    " Great descriptions of New Mexico. Plot takes a wounded cop who is looking for an easy to do job and but gets him involved in an old but deadly problem. Kerney is a likable protagonist that keeps chipping away at the problems until he nearly is overwhelmed but triumphs in the third act. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/10/2013

    " The afternoon I spent with this Kevin Kearney mystery was time so well spent, that I could have flipped the book over and started again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book and will look forward to others in the series. The cowboy companion to Hillerman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue johnson | 11/16/2013

    " I like the main character, Kevin Kerney, more with each book. Fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jjpierce | 11/3/2013

    " I'm hooked and plan to read his series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pilar Hood | 10/29/2013

    " Good story telling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/14/2013

    " I enjoyed the descriptions of rural New Mexico. The characters are worth reading about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy Day | 8/24/2013

    " Boring. Poorly developed, trite characters. Didn't finish it, unusual for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/16/2013

    " Kevin Kerney grows on you, as a character... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 8/10/2013

    " New job for Kevin Kerney but very interesting as his job is now similar to that of Grady Service of the Woods Cop series by Joseph Heywood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 6/23/2013

    " Saw McGarrity in Tucson at a festival of books and he is an interesting guy with lots of background in law enforcement. His character is believable as he moves through New Mexico landscapes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara B. | 6/20/2013

    " This is a new author for me. Kind of like the character. It takes place in New Mexico. Will probably try the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodger | 5/30/2013

    " McGarrity #2. Good mystery set in Catron County. He uses a little exaggeration in introducing the militant attitudes of the ranchers of the county, but it is a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 4/9/2013

    " Listened to this on a long trip. Good mystery and engaging enough to make the miles roll by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Lawson | 3/18/2013

    " Another great read in Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kerney series. Detailed descriptions of the New Mexico setting and the characters' development make for a book that you can't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/17/2013

    " Takes place in SW New Mexico. Series with same character. Light mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/26/2013

    " Starts slowly, but by the end Kevin Kerney is in fine form. "

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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 more than eighty AudioFile Earphones 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. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.