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Tularosa: A Kevin Kerney Novel (Kevin Kerney…

Tularosa: A Kevin Kerney Novel (Kevin Kerney Novels) (edition 2009)

by Michael McGarrity

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Title:Tularosa: A Kevin Kerney Novel (Kevin Kerney Novels)
Authors:Michael McGarrity
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:my library
Tags:Western America, suspense, mystery, murder, series, family relationships, crime.

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Tularosa by Michael McGarrity



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(Audiobook) A highly improbable plot involving an Kevin Kierney, an invalided sheriff's lieutenant. He is asked by his former partner to locate his son who has disappeared. The search leads Kierney to the White Sands military range and treks through the mountains, into Mexico, and a pile of artifacts worth millions from some old Civil War stuff.

The book has the classic plot: the wounded hero who becomes drawn into action because it’s the proper thing to do. Add the good-looking and competent girl who becomes romantically involved and a bunch of bad guys. There you have it. It feels sometimes like a Craig Johnson wanna-be but perhaps that was only because both were so ably read by George Guidall. The first half of the book is better than the second.

The landscape rendition is the best part of the book. It’s the first in a series that shows promise so I’ll probably read the second. ( )
  ecw0647 | Feb 6, 2015 |
Story Synopsis: Kevin Kerney, a disabled former police officer, has to find out if his godson has actually gone AWOL or if there is more to his disappearance than it appears. During the ensuing search, he comes to terms with the man who caused his injuries, the tentative loss of his home, and perhaps the acquisition of a love-life.
Review: This novel was fun to read. It keeps the reader entertained through a twisted plot and the introduction of interesting characters. ( )
  DrLed | Sep 3, 2013 |
Kevin Kerney is approached by an old law enforcement friend who asks his help in finding the man's son. The man, Terry Yazzi is no longer a friend to Kevin due to Yazzi's alcohol problem which led to Kerney's being wounded at a time when Yazzi should have been providing back-up.

Kerney accepts the case for Sammy's sake. He was Sammy's God-father. He learns that Sammy was stationed at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Kerney knows that the military brass at the missile range won't reveal anything to a civilian. He needs more authority. He visits another friend, Sheriff Andy Baca. Learning the situation, Andy assigns Kerney as a temporary lieutenant.

He meets with Captain Sara Brannon, the military investigation officer, and soon they decide to work this case together-forming a romantic relationship.

They travel through the mountain trails in spite of Kerney's injury. He and Sara discover something that adds to the interest of the story. The area in which Sammy disappeared is rich in Indian and U.S. Cavalry History. Something is found that relates to the investigation.

The story is well told and includes colorful characters. There are a number of surprises along the way and we also learn facts about the history between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry. ( )
  mikedraper | Jan 8, 2013 |
Pretty bad. Interesting Southwestern setting - stupid plotting. ( )
  SherryKaraoke | Aug 14, 2008 |
Captures true spirit of New Mexican desert in a fast paced mystery. Introduces Kevin Kierney, a hero I really fell for. Couldn't wait to see how his life developed. ( )
  beckywreyford | Feb 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 067100252X, Mass Market Paperback)

It's been two years since an on-the-job shooting forced ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney to retire. He is drawn back into action when Terry Yazzi, his former partner and the man responsible for his wounds, pleads for Kerney's help. Yazzi's son, a soldier, has disappeared in the barren desert surrounding the White Sands Missile Range.

Kerney's investigation resurrects the long-forgotten thrill of the hunt -- and other emotions surface after meeting the tough-but-beautiful Capt. Sara Brannon, the Army's investigating officer. Together, they uncover a crime far greater than an AWOL soldier: a conspiracy of death that snakes from the secretive world of military operations, to the cutthroat alleys of a Mexican border town, leading them to a final, shocking revelation that may cost them both their lives....

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When Sammy Yazzi disappears from his Army post at the high-security White Sands Missile Range, ex-cop Kevin Kerney is called to investigate and along with Captain Sara Brannon, the army's investigator, uncovers a conspiracy that places both their lives in danger.… (more)

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