The Resource Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel, Michael McGarrity

Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel, Michael McGarrity

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Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel
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Hermit's Peak
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a Kevin Kerney novel
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Michael McGarrity
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Hermits Peak
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a Kevin Kerney novel
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eng
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A new mystery for Kevin Kerney of the New Mexico State Police involves an investigation into the apparent murder of an unidentified woman whose bones Kerney had found on a beautiful ranch that he had just inherited
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  • /*Starred Review*/ The first three Kevin Kerney novels drew much of their strength from the way author McGarrity uses his New Mexico setting to meld western and mystery genres. That mythic frame is still part of the mix in the series' latest installment, but the focus this time is more on procedural detail and the emotional burden of being a cop. The action begins with cowboy manqueKerney in northern New Mexico, where he has inherited prime ranch land. Along with the land comes a dead body. The search for the identity of both the victim and the killer draws Kerney, chief deputy of the New Mexico State Police, into contact with the local cops, especially Lieutenant Gabe Gonzales, whose investigation reveals a very personal connection to the crime. Also present is Major Sara Brannon, Kerney's love interest from Tularosa (1996), returned from duty in Korea and every bit as uncertain as Kevin about where their relationship is heading. The Kerney series has become the class of the post-Hillerman New Mexico stable by creating characters who are equally at home on the mythic range and in the contemporary world. If the latter is more prominent this time--the agony of Gabe Gonzales, a good cop caught in a personal tragedy, screams modern world with all the force of an NYPD Blue episode--the contrast between Old West myth and New World reality remains a potent force, as McGarrity reminds us that the rugged individualists in today's Southwest need a little help getting through the night. ((Reviewed April 15, 1999)) -- Bill Ott
  • In McGarrity's fourth Kevin Kerney adventure (Serpent Gate, LJ 5/15/98), the seasoned deputy successfully juggles a windfall inheritance, a sizzling love affair with newly decorated Col. Sara Brannon, and an adoring dog he has rescued named Shoe. When Kerney and his best friend survey sections of high-country ranch land bequeathed to Kerney by artist Erma Ferguson, a shaggy, abandoned mutt appears with a tennis shoe in his mouth and leads the men to a woman's skeletal remains. The investigation stalls as Kerney agonizes over his newly acquired land, probably about to be sacrificed to the tax gods, and as Sara, confused about their "impossible" relationship, takes off for Tucson. An intriguing subplot concerns a rare species of cactus on Kerney's land and the lady professor crusading on its behalf. McGarrity's plotting mirrors real life so effectively that readers will grieve for or celebrate with characters by this tale's bittersweet end--always a sure sign of good writing. Recommended.--Susan A. Zappia, Maricopa Cty. Lib. Dist., Phoenix Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • The day figured to be just about perfect for Kevin Kerney, at last firmly ensconced as chief deputy of the New Mexico State Police. There, he is checking out his windfall--6,400 acres of prime high-country ranch land--left to him by a family friend. It's spring, the north New Mexican mountains are breathtaking, life is sweet, and then he leans out the pickup's window to see the dog. Well, not the dog so much as the sneaker in the pup's mouth, plus its mate produced minutes later. Because, instinctive cop that Kemey is, he senses at once that his perfect day is about to darken. It doesn't take him very long to locate the corpse--mutilated and dismembered--of a young Mexican woman, dead for about a year. How did she get there? Who hated her enough to treat her so cruelly? The answers turn out to be as heartbreaking as they are grim, and when he has them all, he finds himself facing the cops' classic dilemma: the law points one way, justice another. And on top of that, Kerney's in love, which, for a bachelor as confirmed as they come, results in dilemmas no less excruciating. Brisk pacing, meticulous plotting, and characters to root for: the fourth (Serpent Gate, 1998, etc.) and best in a series that was never less than professional and is now approaching distinguished. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 1999)
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McGarrity, Michael
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Kevin Kerney mysteries
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4
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  • Kerney, Kevin (Fictitious character)
  • Police
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a Kevin Kerney novel
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Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel, Michael McGarrity
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"A Scribner crime novel"--Jacket
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25 cm.
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315 pages
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9780684850788
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99022960
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MYSTERY
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Hermit's Peak : a Kevin Kerney novel, Michael McGarrity
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Copyright
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"A Scribner crime novel"--Jacket
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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25 cm.
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315 pages
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9780684850788
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99022960
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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MYSTERY
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  • ocm41026521
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