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.
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Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I've long been a McGarrity fan -- enjoying all the Keven Kearney books so far -- until this one. It missed the mark by a mile. The story was just "meh" and the ending so abrupt and inconclusive as to make me think my audio file was missing many minutes at the end. Dick Hill's narration is something you have to get used to or not; which just makes him another annoying issue with this particular book. I guess I made a big gamble in using a credit on this one -- and I lost big!
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.
It wasn't a big gamble buying this book. McGarrity really is a top notch author. Some earlier reviews focused on Dick Hill's narration. I will give this to you he isn't George Guidall. That being said Dick Hill is a very good reader. If Hill had started the series no one would have had any concerns with his narration. Yes Guidall is simply fantastic but Hill isn't bad.
This wasn't my favorite story line but it was very good. The relationship of father and son was disturbing to me. He should had been furious with his mother not his dad. She is the one who kept the secret. Enjoyable read.
The initial chapter or two should have been re-recorded. Narration is not consistent with previous works. Working previous character into the story was a bit forced. Just a difficult book to get through with all the distractions.
I have listened to Dick Hill on other books (such as Harry Bosch) and he's fine there. But not on Kearney books. The voices were all wrong and actually got in the way of the story. One sheriff sounded more like a quavering senior citizen, which was very disconcerting.
The areas of the plot were very familiar and the characters and development were very entertaining.
Bad guys fun and games in the desert southwest!
I selected this because Dick Hill was the reader. 1st foray into McGarrity, but it won't be the last.
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.
No. Mediocre Story, poor narration.
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.
No. I did not find the characters interesting or very likable. Some of the conversations between them and their spouses was a bit cheesy.
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.
The story was good the reader was terrible.
I thought the story followed the sequence of the series and kept my interest throughout the book
When he was just reading he did ok,but when he tried to do the various charadters he was terrible to listen to.
I'm not going to make a film of this book so I never consided a tag line (what ever that is)
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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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