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Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel (edition 1999)

by Michael McGarrity

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Title:Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel
Authors:Michael McGarrity
Info:New York: Scribner, c1999. 315 p. : map ; 25 cm.
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Hermit's Peak (Kevin Kerney Novels) by Michael McGarrity



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In McGarrity’s mystery novel, while visiting some high country land he has just inherited, Deputy Chief Kevin Kerney stumbles across the bones of a murder victim near Hermit’s Peak. Before long another body turns up. Kerney will pursue a twisting trail of clues to solve a crime that stuns even him.

Another installment to the A Kevin Kerney Novel series that is authentic, detailed, and gritty. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Nov 29, 2013 |
Summary: Kevin Kerney, still in his position of Chief, handles a rape and murder. He doesn’t do quite so well handling his involvement with now Lieutenant Colonel Sara Brannon. He also inherits several sections of land from his old friend Erma Ferguson, which leads to more problems than benefits.
Review: Once again, McGarrity has provided an excellent story and the ending is slightly unexpected. ( )
  DrLed | Oct 12, 2013 |
Kevin Kearney as the deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police unexpectedly inherits land outside of Las Vegas, NM. Finally taking some time-off to ride the property he finds a lost dog and the remains of a body. In the meantime, Col. Sara Brannon drops by to reignite some flames while Kearney juggles Sara and inheritance tax issues as bodies and crimes pile-up during the investigations. A well-paced mystery that leaves entertained with the story, but also wanting to know what the characters will be doing in the next book. ( )
  SuseGordon | Apr 21, 2011 |
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Kevin Kerney might just be the best cop currently working the mean streets of mystery fiction. As deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police, he is not tortured by the doubts, angst, alcoholism, or mixed motives that seem to overwhelm many of his fictional colleagues. His methods are rarely flashy or excessively macho, and he treats other cops of all ranks with a minimum of attitude. Author Michael McGarrity, who worked for Santa Fe's sheriff's department before retiring to write, has managed to make Kerney human without loading him with excess baggage.

As we've come to realize in three previous books--Mexican Hat, Serpent Gate, and Tularosa--Kerney works as a police officer to make the money he needs to buy a cattle ranch like the one he grew up on. In Hermit's Peak, that dream comes closer to reality when a woman painter leaves Kerney a large portion of her own property on a mesa northeast of Santa Fe. McGarrity describes this land with the keen simplicity of natural poetry. Reality (in the form of a huge inheritance tax bill) darkens the picture. But the discovery of a very rare cactus plant and the unexpected arrival of Sara Brannon (the career army officer with whom Kerney had a romance in an earlier book) let in a few rays of sunlight. Meanwhile, Kerney and a tough local cop have to deal with a rape and murder, plus enough everyday crimes to keep them seriously busy without busting the boundaries of believability. --Dick Adler

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As he investigates a murder in New Mexico, chief deputy Kevin Kerney finds himself facing a choice most policemen hope they will never have to make--do right by the law or by the heart.

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