He’s returned to Santa Fe, newly installed as
police chief, when a U.S. ambassador’s estranged wife is found murdered in her
multimillion-dollar home. Before he can mount a proper investigation, an FBI
anti-terrorism team arrives, takes control of the inquiry, and forces Kerney to
watch from the sidelines as the crime scene is sanitized, potential witnesses
disappear, and the case is cleared with trumped-up evidence.
Warned off, put under surveillance, and
threatened with reprisals under the rubric of national security, Kerney balks
at accepting the whitewash and begins a soft probe that points to a covert
intelligence cover-up with tendrils stretching from every known government spy
shop and running deep into the South American jungles.
unscrupulous government agents are acting outside the law, Kerney begins his
own clandestine hunt for a hard target that will lead him to the truth about
the Terrell homicide, knowing full well he might not survive the chase.
Under the Color of Law delivers another one-two, know-out punch
that firmly establishes Michael McGarrity’s place in contemporary investigative
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"Really enjoy the McGarrity books, he's onto a winer with this series of detective novels. However, the plot for this was a wee bit far-fetched, even though well-written. Hang on and go along for the ride, remembering it is fiction, after all.
Carrie (4 out of 5 stars)