Acclaimed as a born storyteller by critics, Michael McGarrity packs his powerful mystery with Southwestern lore and breathtaking action. In a wicked conspiracy reaching across the Mexican border, Tularosa pits a jaded ex-cop against tight-lipped Army personnel, hired thugs, and smooth-talking outlaws. Forced into retirement by a crippling gunshot wound, Santa Fe policeman Kevin Kerney seeks solitude on a small New Mexico ranch far from the nearest neighbor. But when his godson disappears without a trace into the harsh, high-security desert of the White Sands Missile Range, Kerney emerges to search for the young soldier. His probing questions lead him on a perilous journey across the stark, sun-beaten wilderness deep into the shadowy, cutthroat alleys of a lawless border town.
With the winning combination of complex, believable characters and a brilliantly crafted plot, it’s easy to see why Publishers Weekly named Tularosa Best Book of the Year. With George Guidall’s dramatic narration, the rugged Southwestern backdrop and each of the colorful inhabitants burst vividly from the page.
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I enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm a long time Tony Hillerman and more recently Craig Johnson fan, and love George Guidall's narration. And New Mexico is my favorite vacation spot. I started with Hard Country which actually is McGarrity's most recent book but gives a nice background for the Kevin Kerney series (it's Kerney's old family history). Now I've just finished Tularosa, the first in the Kevin Kerney series. Unfortunately, Audible doesn't have the entire series....so I'm scrambling with Amazon and area libraries to fill in the gaps. Please Audible, get busy! Thanks.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
My husband and I listened to this one on a road trip over a long weekend. And we both loved it. Caught ourselves carrying the ipod to bed with us to sneak in a few more minutes each night after our family went to sleep . . . The descriptions of the beautiful western landscapes were exceptional, as well as the Indian customs, and it added to the story of Sammy, the soldier who supposedly went AWOL. For someone who has only driven through these sparse, ruggedly beautiful states in the western U.S., I found myself longing to go back, and really SEE them, to stop and drink the beauty in. The history of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico was equally interesting to us. And what we as a people have done to our native American brothers and sisters always brings pain to me. Tularosa is a great book. Don't miss it. And I have already added Mexican Hat, the next one in the series to my wish list.
Yes. Enjoyed this book as much as a Walt Longmire story!
Kevin Kearney. A cowboy with a white hat.
Always enjoy George's performance of a novels characters.
Kevin Kearney of course.
Will be listening to more about Kevin Kearney.
It is a good crime story, pretty we'll written. It is not a great literary work but fun and held my interest. Not very deep but worth the listen. Living in El Paso Texas it was fun to hear places we know in the story. As many listeners have stated the ending was NOT well done. I think the writer was trying to be "cute" but he just stopped in mid scene. This left a bad taste in my mouth as it evidently did for others as well.
George Guidall did a masterful job as always. He really brings the characters to life. He can make even a mediocre story come alive, maybe that is part of why I enjoyed it as much as I did.
Overall worth the time and credit.
For some reason… And despite George Guidall's usual brilliant performance..... this book seemed flat and tedious. The characters simply did not engage me. I had hoped The book would be similar to Craig Johnson's delightful Longmire series. No such luck. The characters lacked warmth and humor… Especially humor.
Reading is a great source for an old guy trying to reinvent himself
Probably not a Great book, but the author is a great storyteller, though not for the faint of heart. You'll have a good read.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
I heard the two prequels to this first hard country and backlands, then discovered the series set in the contemporary southwest. McGarrigle writes and plots beautifully and obviously knows his history, his subject and his country! I high recommend these.
A little slow to start, but for fans of the Kevin Kearny series it's good - set earlier in his life, we find out how certain characters first meet and interact. If you're a first-time listener to this series, try "Dead or Alive".
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