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Hermit's Peak | [Michael McGarrity]

Hermit's Peak

Filled with breakneck action and authentic detail, Hermit's Peak is Michael McGarrity's most involving novel yet.
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Publisher's Summary

When an old family friend leaves Kevin Kerney 6400 acres of high country land outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, the last thing Kerney wants to think about is police work, taking a rare weekend off from his job as deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police, Kerney sets out to explore the land, a rugged mesa in the shadow of Hermit's Peak.

Before Kenny can get very far, he comes upon an ailing stray dog with a woman's running shoe in his mouth. The dog leads him to the butchered bones of a murder victim, and Kerney finds he's inherited a homicide along with the ranch. Determined not to see his weekend ruined, Kerney turns the investigation over to the state police district office and continues his survey of his windfall inheritance, only to find that the timber thieves have clear-cut a great swath of woodland in a remote canyon.

Unsure of whether he can pay the inheritance taxes, hold on to his land, and realize his dream to ranch again, Kerney returns to Santa Fe. There, he finds that Sara Brannon - a woman he cares deeply about - has arrived to visit him. As Kerney and Sara begin trying to sort out a relationship that means more to both of them than either is willing to admit, Kerney is called back to Hermit's Peak. Another murder victim has been found at a remote cabin next to Kerney's property, and he is soon engaged in a race against time to solve two murders and avert another.

©1999 Michael McGarrity; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Bear Arizona 02-12-05
    Bear Arizona 02-12-05 Member Since 2010
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    "Human Side of a Tough Business"

    After 25 years in law enforcement I was not interested in detective, mystery, or who-done-it books as lacking realism of the business until I was introduced to Patricia Cromwell, Tony Hillerman, Dana Stabenow, and Jonathan Kellerman. I now am a voracious and critical reader looking for accuracy, detail, and insight into the people in stories. Five stars doesn't seem to adequately rank the intensity and humanity Michael McGarrity has penned into this story - the insight of the individual triumphs and dispair of the characters interwoven with the grandeur of the Southwest, portrayed in the Hermit Peak Region of New Mexico, places this volume equally amongst the best of the authors previously mentioned. I sincerely hope we will soon see another such work by this talented author among the Audible Selections.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bob 04-23-14
    Bob 04-23-14
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    "Good Story TERRIBLE Narator"
    What disappointed you about Hermit's Peak?

    The narrator stinks and it is abridged. Also the long silent pauses between chapters are very annoying.


    What didn’t you like about J. Ed Araiza’s performance?

    The tone and cadence of the narration was all wrong. Maybe I just got use to George Guidall. But I did not like Araiza's style.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As always Mcgaritys work is great. This story really starts to pull together several backstories.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lioness 07-28-05
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    This book was really a surprise; I would not have listened to it had the previous reviews not been as good. The narrator was excellent; although I had to chuckle when he read the women's parts. Still, it was an interesting and wonderful narrative of the New Mexico landscape and a very good story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian 12-02-04
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    "What a find"

    I was looking for something I could afford in between my premium and came up on this good book. I think itis great for the price and content.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Cameron, TX, United States 11-16-13
    Elizabeth Cameron, TX, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "worst narration I have ever encountered"

    The story is OK a bit short for this point in the series, but an OK yarn. The bumper music is nice guitars with a good sound makes a nice break between chapters, However the reader has the most annoying accent and reading style I have ever heard. The production is awful as well with pauses so long between chapters you think the down load was faulty. Without doubt the worst audible book I have ever listened to. The rest of the series is read by George Guidall..this book deserves to be re issued with him to enhance the continuity of the series .but anything would be better that this production. Awful awful awful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 12-19-12
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 12-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story"
    If you could sum up Hermit's Peak in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the development of the storyline between Kearney and Sara as well as the continued story of Kearney acquiring the property from his mother's old college friend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How the emotions were shown in the storyline regarding Gabe's loss of his son.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to follow the Kevin Kearney story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helena Beaufort, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-18-11
    Helena Beaufort, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Hermit's Peak"

    This is an early Kevin Kearny story. Having read only the more recent writings, McGarrity has developed as a story teller, weaving and developing both characters and plots as the book progresses. The narrator was very poor, lacking drama, vocabulary and reading directly from the text at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hj Kennewick, WA, United States 05-31-15
    Hj Kennewick, WA, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator ruins this book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would choose a different narrator. If I could give the performance zero stars I would. I am a big fan of Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kerney books and have listened to about half of them so far. This production is absolutely the worst one I have listened to only because the person reading the book is so terrible. He speaks with very little inflection to the point of being a monotone. Of all the narrators that I have listened to he is the worst and I will never listen to another that he has performed. On the other hand if the publisher wants to increase sales he should have George Guidall read the Kerney series. He is the best I have ever heard. His reading of other in the Kerney series brings the book to life much like his reading of Craig Johnson's Longmire novels. Take my advice and skip this book and any other read by J. Ed Araiza.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I can't say I was on the edge of my seat because the reader delivered the story in such a bland way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Ed Araiza?

    George Guidall


    Could you see Hermit's Peak being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. The star should be Robert Taylor. He fits the character and he pulls off the Walt Longmire character almost like it was made for him. Longmire is a lot like Kerney.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William United States 05-29-15
    William United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2011

    Bear

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    "Only 4 stars because......"

    Only 4 stars because I spent an Audible credit for a 4 hour book. I knew in advance it was 4 hrs. Just disappointed,

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    Bobcat320 04-24-15
    Bobcat320 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, dismal narrator"

    Being born and raised in this part of New Mexico, I know every place the author describes and Michael does a superb job in his research and writing! The book is actually much better than this audio version, and I have no idea why this audio book is so condensed and not narrated by George Guidall???
    The story is superb!
    The narrator leaves much to be desired.
    The stupid guitar twanging between chapters is horrific, as are the long silent pauses.
    I sincerely hope Mr. McGarrity will some day have this book redone by George Guidall!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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