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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (535 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: April 1996 ISBN: 9781470325350
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Acclaimed as a born storyteller by critics, Michael McGarrity packs his powerful mystery with Southwestern lore and breath-taking action. In a wicked conspiracy reaching across the Mexican border, Tularosa pits a jaded ex-cop against tight-lipped Army personnel, hired thugs, and smooth-talking outlaws. Forced into retirement by a crippling gunshot wound, Santa Fe policeman Kevin Kerney seeks solitude on a small New Mexico ranch far from the nearest neighbor. But when his godson disappears without a trace into the harsh, high security desert of the White Sands Missile Range, Kerney emerges to search for the young soldier. His probing questions lead him on a perilous journey across the stark, sun-beaten wilderness deep into the shadowy, cutthroat alleys of a lawless border town. With the winning combination of complex, believable characters and a brilliantly crafted plot, it’s easy to see why Publishers Weekly named Tularosa Best Book of the Year. With George Guidall’s dramatic narration, the rugged Southwestern backdrop and each of the colorful inhabitants burst vividly from the page. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A page-turner written with…clarity and grace.”

    Albuquerque Journal

  • “Few first mysteries are as fresh and powerful as this rich Southwestern tale of tough, credible characters involved in a complex, danger-fraught plot centering around stolen historical artifacts…Blending an air of the old West with some very modern characters, McGarrity delivers atmosphere, action, romance and prime satisfaction.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This accomplished first novel is well plotted with solid dialogue and complex, believable relationships among the flesh-and-blood characters.”  

    Booklist

  • “This is a fast read that also informs a bit about the Southwest, the military, and Native American traditions. An engaging mystery.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “A lean, stylish debut, with a hero who’s equally at home sniffing out evidence and duking it out with the heavies.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 2/17/2014

    " I am hooked on this wonderfully written detective series set in beautiful New Mexico!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/4/2014

    " The development of the character of Kevin Kerney was excellent. I think I'm going to read the whole series. "

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

    " OK, another of my favorite "outdoor" mystery series. If you want to feel like you've visited New Mexico, this series will do just that. This is the first Kevin Kerney novel. He's a native from Tularosa, New Mexico,Vietnam vet & ex-sheriff from Sante Fe, until a shooting on the job. But, of course he finds work. Wonderful series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 1/25/2014

    " I sped through this New Mexico based mystery, enjoying the descriptions of New Mexico, the characters and the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2014

    " The dialogue was, at times, laughable, there were way too many pointless descriptions of setting and clothing for my taste and, if it were not chosen for a genre study, I would have lost interest by chapter two. It would be great for someone who enjoys novels with a southwestern setting and the action in chapter 12 was fast paced (the only chapter that held my interest) resulting in a fairly exciting conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 1/21/2014

    " McGarrity sets out a compelling missing persons case with lots of twist. He does a great job at character development and description and the setting is grand for one who was raised on the Jim Chee stories of the Tony Hilerman era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/12/2014

    " Outstanding modern western. Definitely want to continue this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry schwabacher | 1/11/2014

    " I have to say I wanted to like this book, since I had lived in New Mexico for a time. But it really wasn't very good. Another friend liked the main character, Kevin Kerney, and said she would read another book featuring him. "

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

    " Good book, I like Kerney. I would like to read the whole series and see how his relationship with Sara builds. I like the interaction between the two of them. Kerney seems like the kind of man you would want to keep in your life, friend or lover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandice | 1/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed this mystery set in the American southwest. That area of the country is not my favorite part of the US, but McGarrity makes you want to go visit. Kerney fits into his surroundings well. You care just as much about his personal struggles as you do about the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/22/2013

    " New Mexico guy. Fun, not deep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/13/2013

    " This was a quick, quick read. Characters and plot very engrossing. Set in New Mexico. The setting is part of the character too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonybliss | 12/5/2013

    " Story was pretty good, dialog seemed a bit stilted sometimes. Overall a good read, I'd read more by him! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 11/22/2013

    " I don't usually expect a lot from the mysteries and "suspense novels" that I read...but this was surprisingly uninteresting. A subway read because it's small, and truly not worth more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 10/18/2013

    " I read this over 11 years ago. Noted only that it was the first Kevin Kearney mystery, I enjoyed it, and looked forward to more in the series. (Not sure if I've read any more; guess I'll find out as I go through my old "book journals".) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 9/26/2013

    " This was a very pleasant surprise to me. I was surprised to find that it's the first in a series and surprised at how much I truly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Mishap | 9/21/2013

    " The first, excellent mystery featuring that cool, impossibly progressive, cowboy cop Kevin Kerney. Set in New Mexico, which is the best! If you like detective fiction, start here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue johnson | 9/10/2013

    " Good series...I like the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/16/2013

    " Good Tony Hillerman type mystery. Like his command of language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jjpierce | 3/9/2013

    " What fun to read about this area, and I'm glad he has a love interest, too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/7/2013

    " This is the first in the Kerney series, and well worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rita | 12/20/2012

    " OK book to read if you want to read a murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodger | 12/7/2012

    " Very enjoyable book set in New Mexico drawing on places and culture that is recognizable. While not Hillerman level yet, it is only his first attempt. I am expecting really good stuff from McGarrity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 11/20/2012

    " good "popcorn" reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewett | 10/2/2012

    " Really want to read all this series - mystery and western all at once "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/30/2012

    " This has been a favorite rec for both males and females. Everyone agrees they love Kevin! "

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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-eight 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. 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.