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Nothing but Trouble (Kevin Kerney Series #10)

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After years away on the pro rodeo circuit, Johnny Jordan struts into Santa Fe to ask his boyhood friend, Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney, to serve as a technical advisor on a contemporary Western movie to be filmed along the Mexican border. Kerney agrees and plans a working vacation on location in a remote area of the state known as the Bootheel with his wife, Lt. Colonel Sara Brannon, and their three year old son, Patrick. But a dead man on a road near an isolated border crossing, a federal undercover ...
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After years away on the pro rodeo circuit, Johnny Jordan struts into Santa Fe to ask his boyhood friend, Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney, to serve as a technical advisor on a contemporary Western movie to be filmed along the Mexican border. Kerney agrees and plans a working vacation on location in a remote area of the state known as the Bootheel with his wife, Lt. Colonel Sara Brannon, and their three year old son, Patrick. But a dead man on a road near an isolated border crossing, a federal undercover investigation into immigrant smuggling, the search for a fugitive from military justice hiding somewhere in Europe, and Johnny Jordan's troublesome behavior ensure that nothing goes as planned.

As separate investigations embroil Kerney and Sara in circumstances that will forever changes their lives, Kerney must care for Patrick while Sara plays a dangerous game of Pentagon politics. Packed with family secrets, international intrigue, and memorable characters, this is McGarrity's most ambitious and involving novel to date, traveling an accelerating arc from Santa Fe to the desert grasslands and mountains of the Bootheel, the most secret levels of the Pentagon, a resort town on the coast of Ireland, and back to an adrenaline-charged climax on a desolate landing strip a few miles north of the Mexican border.

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In Michael McGarrity's tenth Kevin Kerney novel (Slow Kill, Everyone Dies, et al.), the hard-charging Santa Fe police chief gets a call from an old childhood acquaintance with an enticing proposition.

Even when they were young, Johnny Jordan has been -- you guessed it -- nothing but trouble; but when the fast-talking, hard-drinking, womanizing former rodeo star-turned-executive film producer approaches Kerney with a lucrative offer to serve as a technical adviser on a contemporary western being filmed along the Mexican border, Kerney agrees. The few weeks that Kerney will be on location will be a much-needed family vacation for him, his wife, Sara (a Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Army lieutenant colonel), and three-year old son. But as is often the case with the best-laid plans, Sara is suddenly sent off to Ireland on assignment, and Kerney is left with a precocious child in tow. And before filming can even begin, the dead body of an undercover Border Patrol officer is found nearby. Between fulfilling his duties as a technical adviser, babysitting his son, and keeping a watchful eye on his alcoholic childhood buddy, Kerney must also solve a mystery that could include illegal immigrant trafficking, drug smuggling -- or something much more nefarious…

Besides being compelling and exceptionally well written crime novels -- McGarrity's Kevin Kerney series gives such a rich, vividly detailed description of the majestic landscapes and vibrant history of New Mexico (particularly the melting pot of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures), it could be featured in the state's tourism campaigns! State nickname: Land of Enchantment. State bird: roadrunner. State literary ambassador: Michael McGarrity. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Returning from 2004's Slow Kill, stoic Sante Fe police chief Kevin Kerney receives an unexpected visit from Johnny Jordan, a childhood friend and now cantankerous former rodeo pro, who convinces Kerney to serve as a technical adviser in the shooting of a local western film. Eager for a break, Kerney heads to the location in southwestern Bootheel with his lovely wife, Army Lt. Col. Sara Brannon, and his young son, Patrick, in tow. But what starts out as a working vacation in this seventh Kerney outing quickly detours into a bloody crime scene when the body of an undercover Border Patrol agent is dumped onto Highway 81. In no time, U.S. Customs joins Kerney's investigation into a possible illegal immigrant and drug smuggling operation. Meanwhile, Sara's army job unexpectedly takes her to Ireland where she must track down and seize the notorious George Spalding, a gemstone smuggler and wartime deserter. McGarrity focuses on the details of the settings and on the characters' tactical maneuvers career- and parenting-wise. The result is slightly amplified sleuthing, deftly swapped out at surprising moments to the POV of the bad guys, and with fine but low-grade intensity. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In McGarrity's latest Kevin Kerney mystery (after Slow Kill), readers are treated to moviemaking in New Mexico and, in a real departure for the series, a venture to Ireland featuring the Santa Fe police chief's wife, Sara, an army officer. McGarrity dedicates a third of the book to Sara, homing in on her covert operation in Ireland as she tries to capture a fugitive whose schemes have ties to important U.S. government officials. Her operation upsets a superior officer who immediately deploys her to Iraq. Although Kevin and Sara are accustomed to a long-distance marriage, they now have just a few days to make arrangements for Kevin to assume the care of their five-year-old son. In the meantime, Kevin gets involved with the filming of a movie along the Mexican border, thus allowing McGarrity to once again exhibit his remarkable ability to make the landscape and people of the Southwest a vital character in his story. Recommended where the series is popular. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 8/05.]-Ann Forister, Roseville P.L., CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In his ninth (Everyone Dies, 2003, etc.), Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney meets an old friend, cracks a tough case and goes to the movies. Fast-talking, hard-drinking, skirt-chasing Johnny Jordan is less a friend than a case of nostalgia gone sour. When he and Kevin Kerney were kids growing up together on Joe and Bessie Jordan's ranch, Kerney had learned to step warily around Johnny. Now Johnny's producing a movie, a modern western to be filmed in the nearby Playas. How would Kerney like being technical advisor on the cop stuff and pick up some expense money for his wife and young son? It sounds like a great way to spend the free time he and Sara have coming, Kerney thinks. And he'd be right if the pace of events didn't make its usual mockery out of Kerney family planning. Suddenly, Lieutenant Colonel Sara finds herself detached from the Pentagon and on her way to Dublin in the wake of an international smuggler with military connections. And suddenly Kerney has the murder of a Border Patrol agent on his hands, along with all the trouble Johnny Jordan can stir up as easily on a movie set as he had on the old homestead. Although the hero vanishes for nearly a hundred pages, the series remains one of crime fiction's most readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451412287
  • Publisher: Onyx
  • Publication date: 12/5/2006
  • Series: Kevin Kerney Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 316,042
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.06 (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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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    I rented as an audiobook for a long driving trip. Too many plot

    I rented as an audiobook for a long driving trip. Too many plot lines and characters to keep straight on the road.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly Recommended.

    Love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Good, but not great!

    Over the years, like many of you have probably done, I've expanded my author list adding McGarrity and his chief protagonist, Kevin Kerney. Nothing But Trouble kept us up-to-date with the main character but struggled somewhat with plotting. It happens to every author and the Kerney series is no exception. Even so, I still enjoyed the story and I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Promises much, delivers little

    It's a good thing I've already read (and loved) the rest of McGarrity's books, because if I'd read this one first I wouldn't have bothered with any others. It seems that McGarrity couldn't figure out how to flesh out a single compelling plot in enough detail to fill a book, so he wrote two unrelated so-so plots and went from one to the other. The promised investigation into illegal immigrant smuggling didn't go much of anywhere, and although some bad guys got theirs, my reaction at the end was 'is that all?' On the plus side, his descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are wonderful as always, and if you're interested in Ireland there's something for you there too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Michael McGarrity

    I just finished reading Mr. McGarrity s latest book, Nothing But Trouble. I am hooked on Kevn Kearney his character and have read every one of these books. I was in Sant Fe a few years ago and decided to visit the Presidental Museum and Mr. McGarrity was in there autographing books. I had not heard of him but after returning home from vacation I bought the first of the Kevin Kearney series and have been hooked ever sense....

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    realistic and entertaining crime thriller

    Out of the blue Johnny Jordan asks his old friend Santa Fe Chief of Police Kevin Kerney to be a technical advisor for a movie that is being partially shot on his family¿s ranch. Kerney thinks it will be fun but on his way to the ranch headquarters of the Granite Pass Cattle Company, he finds the body of a young man who has just died. He later is approached by the FBI who tells him that the dead man was an agent working undercover to break up a network of smugglers transporting illegals over the border. Kerney is asked to keep an eye out on the doings of the ranch and report to another undercover contact. Not satisfied with the way the investigation is being handled, Kerney does some sleuthing on his own. --- His wife, a colonel in the US Army attached to the Pentagon, goes outside the chain of command and asks her boss¿s superior to let her go to Ireland where a Vietnam deserter and smuggler is relocating under an assumed name. This is a hot potato because in addition to her quarry, she works to bring in a smuggler with close ties to the presidential administration. The choices she makes changes the dynamics of the Kerney family. --- This is one of the best books in the Kevin Kerney series because readers have a balanced view of the protagonists¿ marriage as they struggle to survive a long distance commuter relationship with the wife sent to various hot spots in the world. Fans who like to get behind the scene and learn how a movie is made will like NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, a police procedural filled with action, intrigue and a touch of romance. The mystery is well thought out with unexpected twists and turns. Michael McGarrity writes his usual realistic and entertaining crime thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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