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The Big Gamble | [Michael McGarrity]

The Big Gamble

When a fire in an abandoned fruit stand in rural Lincoln County reveals the murdered body of a woman gone missing from Sante Fe years ago, Police Chief Kevin Kerney finds himself cooperating with his estranged son, a man he hardly knows, Deputy Sheriff Clayton Istee. While Kerney digs into the woman's past, hoping to find clues that will lead to a credible suspect, Clayton must unravel two more homicides that seem on the surface totally unrelated.
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Publisher's Summary

When a fire in an abandoned fruit stand in rural Lincoln County reveals the murdered body of a woman gone missing from Sante Fe years ago, Police Chief Kevin Kerney finds himself cooperating with his estranged son, a man he hardly knows, Deputy Sheriff Clayton Istee. While Kerney digs into the woman's past, hoping to find clues that will lead to a credible suspect, Clayton must unravel two more homicides that seem on the surface totally unrelated.

As Kerney chases down clues that raise questions about the legitimacy of a highly regarded modeling and talent agency, Clayton works to discover the identity of a murder suspect alleged to have ties to prostitution and illegal gambling.

Set against the backdrop of the high mountains of southern New Mexico, where gambling is big business and private sexual encounters for VIPs can be discreetly arranged, Kerney and Clayton must go up against the rich and politically powerful opponents who are willing to protect their reputations at all costs.

Catch all of our Kevin Kerney titles.

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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 01-14-13
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 01-14-13

    book keeper

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    "Good series"

    I enjoy listening to the series by Michael McGarrity. These books are a series so therefore, he doesn't necessarily tie everything together before one book ends. In other words, if you enjoy the book you keep coming back for more. I like the main character Kearney. I envision him as a John Wayne and I appreciate the way that McGarrity lets us have little glimpses into his past as well as he current situations. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys reading a good detective mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd 08-29-14
    Lloyd 08-29-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Characters and Narration were dissapointing"
    Would you try another book from Michael McGarrity and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes I would try another McGarrity book but am less likely to listen to Dick Hill again. The first two books of Michael McGarrity that I read/listened to were Hard Country and Back Lands. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. The Big Gamble is the first modern day novel that I read and was very dissapointed.


    Would you recommend The Big Gamble to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Mediocre Story, poor narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I listened to it in the car and had trouble hearing parts of the narration. When he was taking in a character's voice I could hear him but when he talked in his own voice he talked so softly and low I could not make out what he was saying over the car noise. His voice drops so much. Also the voice of the sherrif and some of the female voices were very annoying.


    Do you think The Big Gamble needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I did not find the characters interesting or very likable. Some of the conversations between them and their spouses was a bit cheesy.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Hard Country and Back Lands. The characters were much more interesting. You never knew who was going to live or die. I would be more interested in books like those two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 09-28-12
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "very poor reader"
    If you could sum up The Big Gamble in three words, what would they be?

    The story was good the reader was terrible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the story followed the sequence of the series and kept my interest throughout the book


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    When he was just reading he did ok,but when he tried to do the various charadters he was terrible to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not going to make a film of this book so I never consided a tag line (what ever that is)


    Any additional comments?

    not offf hand

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Boone, NC, United States 04-20-11
    Ellen Boone, NC, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Another book ruined by a bad reader"

    McGarrity might be okay, but Dick Hill is such an annoying reader that I will never know. If he would just read the books without funny voices everything would be fine, but he makes all the characters sound like idiots and ruins the books with his sarcastic tone.

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