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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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Third tier mystery. Solid, but uninspiring. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
This was the first book in the Kevin Kerney series. I had read all of the others but my library until recently had not had this one. The character of Kevin Kerney is so real llife. He has problems, he has dreams that he doesn't see at this writing as coming true, and he has an overwhelming sense of fairness. Michael McGarrity has a gift for putting these traits on paper. All of this series is wonderful. Good reading! ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This started out strong, with a missing loved one and an estranged friend asking our hero, Kevin Kerney, for help. When Andy explains his son (an ARMY solider and Kerney's godson) has gone A.W.O.L. under mysterious circumstances, Kerney agrees to take the case and heads for Las Cruces. I was immediately intrigued by Kerney, a former cop who was forced to retire early due to an on the job injury. He's a loner, tough as nails cowboy, with no immediate living family. We see pictures of his past...the old ranch house he grew up in...an old tree that he once spent the day under in the shade...and it's clear something tragic abruptly ended his charmed youth.

There was a lot that I liked about this book, despite a few problems. Kerney has a vulnerability about him that he keeps hidden from others, but I like how he doesn't allow that to keep him isolated from people. He has his buddies and calls on them as he's working the case. The book felt like a mixture of wild west adventure and modern day conspiracy. There is so much more to this book than the search for a missing man, which was an unexpected surprise. I liked the fast pace as well, even if at times it felt like the characters couldn't possibly do things so quickly without rest and recovery. I just went with it.

What I didn't like was the inattention to police procedure and blatant lack of crime scene protocol. If you don't care for those details and just want the action, this is definitely the right book for you. It didn't take me completely out of the story, but I would've liked to see a little caution from Kerney not to contaminate the scenes. What really bugged me was all the bodies Kerney leaves behind without being expected to give a report. Perhaps we're meant to assume it just happened, but the story moved awfully fast if it did. I was a bit baffled by the ending...it didn't really "feel" like an ending, but maybe the next book will pick up where this one left off. I am glad I read the book, but there was potential for so much more!

The saving grace in the book was Kerney's character. I want to know more. I began to care what happened to him, where he's going and why. So... I'll be moving on to the next book! ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
Kevin Kerney, recently retired from the Santa Fe police department, is still recovering from wounds he sustained during a shootout when his partner Terry Yazzi failed to back him up. His former partner is now asking him to him to search for his son, Sammy Yazzi (also Kerney's godson) who is missing from nearby White Sands Missile Range. The military authorities believe he has gone AWOL, but Kerney doesn't believe Sammy is capable of such a thing and suspects foul play. He joins forces with Army investigator, Captain Sara Brannon, to investigate the disappearance. They travel on horseback into the remote Tularosa Valley, where Kerney grew up, and stumble on a hidden cache of military goods from the Civil War.

Barely escaping attempts on their lives, they follow clues to discover who is both buying and selling the stolen antiquities. The search takes them to both sides of the border. With everyone after the missing goods, as well as some ties to cases back at White Sands, a much larger conspiracy is uncovered and Kerney and Sara must do everything they can just to stay alive. When clues lead to the Mexican side of the border, Sara asks one of her investigators to disguise himself and work undercover to help them find the criminals. At this point we are introduced to a particularly interesting character who disguises himself as jorobado, a hunchback believed in Mexican tradition to bring good luck. As the two sides of the investigation intersect the tension builds and you can't wait to find out what happens.

Tularosa is a quick-paced and suspenseful mystery in a southwestern setting filled with colorful characters. The story is well told and there are a number of surprises along the way. The beautiful descriptions of New Mexico and the surrounding area gave the story a very authentic atmosphere. I will definitely be reading more of this series.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
(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 |
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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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