Michael McGarrity
AUTHOR

Michael McGarrity

With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, Michael McGarrity turned to writing full time. Many of his novels have been national best sellers. He holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master's degree in clinical social work. As an undergraduate, he held a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is an honor graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

His career in criminal justice spanned over twenty-five years and included creating treatment programs for drug offenders, supervising outreach services for at-risk juveniles, and re-establishing mental health services for the Department of Corrections after the infamous 1980 riot at the New Mexico Penitentiary. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, training and planning supervisor, community relations officer, and was the lead investigator of the sex crimes unit, which he established. Additionally, he taught courses at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, served as a caseworker and investigator for the Public Defender's District Office, and conducted investigations for a state government agency. In 1980 he was named New Mexico Social Worker of the Year and in 1987 was recognized by the American Legion as Police Officer of the Year.

In 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts -- Literature. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Frank Waters Exemplary Literary Achievement Award and the 2015 Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts - Literature. He has been instrumental in establishing the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College, and the N. Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Emily Beth (Mimi).

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Best Sellers

    • Hard Country

    • A Novel
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329

    After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hard Country lives up to it's title.

    • By mar on 12-14-12

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Backlands

    • A Novel of the American West
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 743
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 693
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 689

    Michael McGarrity returns with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authentic New York Times best-selling American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Way too predictable

    • By Randall on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Tularosa

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 843
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 759
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 751

    Acclaimed as a born storyteller by critics, Michael McGarrity packs his powerful mystery with Southwestern lore and breathtaking action....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Out West Meets US Army, GREAT STORY!

    • By Debbie on 09-02-14

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Mexican Hat

    • A Kevin Kerney Novel, Book 2
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 524
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 519

    Critically acclaimed author Michael McGarrity’s powerful tale is packed with constant surprises and nonstop action....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Series gets better & better

    • By Dawn on 12-30-14

    Regular price: $20.26

    • The Last Ranch

    • A Novel of the New American West
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 550
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 510

    Matt finds himself at the center of a heavy-handed government land-grab. The reasons behind this surge of secrecy and control become clear when Matt witnesses the boiling....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So Good! Read to Start the Kevin Kearney Series!

    • By Paula on 05-23-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Serpent Gate

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 420
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 391
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392

    In this complex tale of greed and revenge, best-selling author Michael McGarrity shrewdly blends riveting action with magnificent southwestern scenery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent!

    • By Bond James Bond on 07-07-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Big Gamble

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 192

    When a fire in an abandoned fruit stand reveals the murdered body of a woman gone missing from years ago, Police Chief Kevin Kerney finds himself cooperating with his estranged son....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What Happened McGarrity? Not Up to Par

    • By Paula on 10-26-16

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Under the Color of Law

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: David Purdham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    He's returned to Santa Fe, newly installed as police chief, when a U.S. ambassador's estranged wife is found murdered in her multimillion-dollar home....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged

    • By summerlou on 08-31-16

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Hermit's Peak

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: J. Ed Araiza
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 159

    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...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • worst narration I have ever encountered

    • By Elizabeth on 11-16-13

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Death Song

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    In Lincoln County, New Mexico, the slaying of a deputy sheriff and his wife reunites Police Chief Kerney and his son, Sergeant Clayton Istee....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing ending

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-19-13

    Regular price: $26.60

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