Death Song (Kevin Kerney Series #11)

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The bushwhack killing of a deputy sheriff in Lincoln County and the brutal murder of the deputy's wife in Santa Fe County bring Police Chief Kevin Kerney and his Mescalero Apache son, Sergeant Clayton Istee, back together. The double homicide investigation is soon linked to a major drug trafficking scheme and the cold-blooded slaughter of two women in Albuquerque.

Due to retire at the end of the month, Kerney calls upon Clayton to find the slain officer's son, discover what ...

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Overview

The bushwhack killing of a deputy sheriff in Lincoln County and the brutal murder of the deputy's wife in Santa Fe County bring Police Chief Kevin Kerney and his Mescalero Apache son, Sergeant Clayton Istee, back together. The double homicide investigation is soon linked to a major drug trafficking scheme and the cold-blooded slaughter of two women in Albuquerque.

Due to retire at the end of the month, Kerney calls upon Clayton to find the slain officer's son, discover what triggered the killings, and give him the ammunition he needs to bring a murderer to justice.

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McGarrity's solid eighth police procedural to feature Santa Fe County, N.Mex., police chief Kevin Kerney (after 2005's Nothing but Trouble) opens on a deceptively quiet note as Sgt. Clayton Istee of the Lincoln County sheriff's office breaks in the department's newest member, Deputy Tim Riley. A short time later, after someone blasts Riley in the face with a shotgun, Istee and Kerney must dig into Riley's past to identify possible murder suspects. The discovery of Riley's wife, Denise, with her throat slashed in a horse trailer complicates the investigation: autopsies reveal that Denise was three months pregnant and that Riley had a vasectomy. The author does a good job describing the characters and the locale, but some readers may be disappointed that a mundane if realistic piece of evidence fingers the killer. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451412492
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Series: Kevin Kerney Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 183,709
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael McGarrity

Michael McGarrity is author of the Anthony Award-nominated Tularosa, Mexican Hat, Serpent Gate, Hermit's Peak, The Judas Judge, Under the Color of Law, and The Big Gamble. A former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County, he established the first Sex Crimes Unit. He has also served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and as an investigator for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Best McGarrity Yet

    Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney is 3 months from retirement, but he wants the murder of a new deputy, shot at point blank range, and his wife put to rest before he puts down his badge. Kevin's son, Clayton Istee, is the lead detective of the case. In working with working with Kevin, Clayton reaches a new and better understanding with his father. One by one, members of Tim Reid¿s little family are killed as well as two other potential witnesses. Clayton reaches out to Kevin for help in dealing with a sloppily run sheriff¿s station. He learns a lot from Kevin and his deputies as to how to run a major murder investigation when Kevin takes over. This is an engrossing tightly written plot with characters you care about as you get to know them better and better. Kevin acts like the father he is by not allowing Clayton to work while he is sleep deprived, and in a touching scene of realization, Clayton accepts that at the age of 31, he is being sent to his room by his father! The key to the murders is the secret past that Tim¿s wife kept from Tim to her family. Her past rebelliousness directly causes the death of her husband, his son, her unborn baby as well as herself, another sheriff¿s deputy, herself a new mother, and an innocent witness. McGarrity increases a sense of the waste and loss with each killing. McGarrity improves with every book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

    MAYBE THE BEST ONE YET!!!!

    In australia we have to wait ages to get new releases.Lucky me my nephew went to new york.This author was the top of my wish list.Never dissapointed in his work love every one of them.But i do think this one was very very clever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

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    Michael has done another great job of pulling all the ingredients together for a mystery, intrigue, life in the West, and any other aspect ypu can think of for continuing the Kevin Kerney series and bringing Kevin's oldest son more and more into the picture. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    New Mexico law enforcement at all levels is stunned with the murders of one of their own and the victim¿s spouse. Someone assassinated rookie deputy sheriff Tim Riley of Lincoln County and gunned down the man¿s wife in their Santa Fe home.------------------ Although he has one more month on the job before he retires, Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kearney is actively leading the homicide investigation of the wife¿s murder that occurred in his jurisdiction. His son Lincoln County Sheriff Office Sergeant Clayton Istee is looking into the ambush murder of Riley. He takes it personally as he trained the fortyish officer and sent him out solo on that fatal assignment. Father and son team up as they find a possible link to the killings of two women in Albuquerque. As they follow the deadly clues, they soon find them embroiled with hardened thugs trafficking in drugs.------------------- DEATH SONG is a terrific police procedural with double the fun as father and son work together to solve the homicides. Kevin is at his best as he refuses to coast into retirement with a dead cop case unsolved. He also relishes working with his offspring. Fans of the series know that Michael McGarrity always provides a strong New Mexico mystery newcomers will seek the back list when retirement was a long way off for the hero.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Hard to put down

    One of McGarrity's better novels.

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