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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