Tularosa (Kevin Kerney Series #1)

Tularosa (Kevin Kerney Series #1)

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by Michael McGarrity
     
 

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"Mystery fans shouldn't miss Tularosa." —Tony HillermanIt'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…  See more details below

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"Mystery fans shouldn't miss Tularosa." —Tony HillermanIt'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....

Editorial Reviews

Albuquerque Journal
“A page-turner written with ... clarity and grace.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Of this debut mystery, PW wrote: "Blending an air of the old West with some very modern characters, McGarrity delivers atmosphere, action, romance and prime satisfaction." (Apr.)
Library Journal
The noted economics writer pens an analytical follow-up to his classic text, The Worldly Philosophers (1953).
School Library Journal
YA-Kevin Kerney is a tough ex-cop turned modern-day private eye. His godson, a soldier assigned to White Sands Missile Range in desolate southern New Mexico, is reported missing. The military authorities believe he has gone AWOL, but Kerney correctly suspects foul play. He travels to Tularosa and joins forces with Captain Sara Brannon to investigate the disappearance. The two face many challenges and risks, including attempted murder, and become romantically involved while determining the innocent soldier's whereabouts. Eventually, his body is discovered. This is a fast read that also informs a bit about the Southwest, the military, and Native American traditions. An engaging mystery.-Mindy Ford, Lorton Library, Fairfax County, VA
Denver Post
Michael McGarrity is a born storyteller....Tularosa xontains enough plot twists and mystery elements to keep the reader turning the pages as fast as possible.
Albuqueruqe Journal
There is not question McGarrity knows his territory...his characters are as memorable as the environment they live in.
Kirkus Reviews
Like so many other contemporary heroes, Kevin Kerney is just looking to be left alone. But he's goaded back into investigating the disappearance of his godson Sammy Yazzi by Sammy's distraught father, the former partner who ended Kerney's career with the Santa Fe Police Department when his drinking got Kerney shot into early medical retirement. Sammy's been AWOL from the White Sands Missile Range for six weeks, and the Army investigation, headed by Captain Sara Brannon, is spinning its wheels. So Kerney signs on, and even in the 24 hours he's allowed on the base, he turns up some new leads. A buddy of Sammy's digs up a sheaf of drawings that Sammy could have made only in the off-limits Indian Wells area; Sammy's art teacher reports that some photos he recently left with her have been stolen; and, inevitably, when Kerney and Brannon ride out together in search of new evidence, they find exactly what they'd most hoped to avoid. But Sammy's body is the beginning of a hot trail to a fabulous cache of antique weapons, gold coins, and rare correspondence that's attracted a lively and professional traffic across the border—a traffic that cost Sammy his life, and could be expensive for Kerney and Brannon too.

A lean, stylish debut, with a hero who's equally at home sniffing out evidence and duking it out with the heavies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393333992
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/19/2009
Series:
Kevin Kerney Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
199,343
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Tony Hillerman
Tularosa moves like lightning....An ex-cop, McGarrity knows what he's writing about -- and how to write it.

Meet the Author

Michael McGarrity, author of the acclaimed, best-selling crime novels featuring Kevin Kerney, is an ex-psychotherapist and former deputy sheriff. Nominated for both the Anthony and Spur Awards, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Tularosa 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ghale More than 1 year ago
Tularosa is a novel of mystery and suspense. The story of the novel revolves around the greed, romance and grief too.
Kerney, the protagonist of the novel is a former Santa Fe detective forced prematurely to retire by a shot-up leg during stakeout. He returns to detective work when his ex-partner, Navajo Terri Yazzi, asks his help to find his son¿reported as AWOL. The chief of the office of Dona Ana County Sheriff Department appoints Kerney as a lieutenant temporarily to start the investigation in Missile Range with Sara Brannon for the disappearance of Sammy.
The story of the novel takes a new turn when Kerney and Sara begins the investigation on the murderer of Sammy. They find the artifacts that are going to be smuggled and also discover the roots of smugglers. The investigation leads them to the border area of Mexico. The romance between the Kerney and Sara is also shown in the novel in the interesting way during the investigation.
McGarrity uses imagery to show the background and the characters. He has created many characters and each character is described with distinct traits. The many characters in the novel make readers close attention to each character. If the reader misses any of the characters, the reader will miss the clue to the story.
I really enjoy reading this novel. Mystery lover should need to read this book.
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Quest2know More than 1 year ago
As a huge Tony Hillerman and Southwest mystery fan, I am constantly looking to fill the void. McGarrity keeps the feeling flowing, evoking sense and sensibilities one can only know having truly experienced exploring and loving the Southwest. I'm anxious to follow Kevin Kearney on future adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just read Michael McGarrity's latest book "Hard Country" about the old West and this book Tutlarosa is a current day setting for that book's main characters. I very much enjoyed Hard Country and wasn't sure about this modern day mystery, but McGarrity does a great job of keeping the plot moving and has some interesting characters. Tularosa is one of his early books, if not his first, and I want to read more of his books. His descriptions of the New Mexico landscape make you want to visit and also cause you to keep a dictionary handy for some of the terms used to describe the country. I would hightly recommend this book if you like mysteries and the Old West too!
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