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 1,305
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

    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
    • A fine tribute to New Mexico

    • By Nancy on 07-03-12

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Serpent Gate

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 376
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351

    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

    • Tularosa

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 784
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 702
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 697

    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

    • 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 506
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 467

    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

    • 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 507
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 467

    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

    • Residue

    • A Kevin Kerney Novel
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    A long-unsolved mystery gets a grim new break when the bones of Kim Ward are unearthed in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 45 years after her disappearance. Suspicion swiftly falls on her old college boyfriend: none other than retired police chief Kevin Kerney....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A sad residue of previous McGarrity novels.

    • By Donald on 10-22-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Backlands

    • A Novel of the American West
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 688
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 635

    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

    • Nothing but Trouble

    • A Kevin Kerney Novel
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    After years away on the pro rodeo circuit, Johnny Jordan struts into Santa Fe to ask his boyhood friend, Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Adding McGarrity to my "Prayer Review"

    • By Dave Staats on 08-06-15

    Regular price: $52.33

    • Everyone Dies

    • Kevin Kerney #8
    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: Patrick G Lawlor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    Police Chief Kevin Kerney and his wife are on leave and eagerly awaiting the birth of their son when a prominent gay attorney is gunned down outside his office by an unknown assailant....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A little disjointed.

    • By Hill on 03-08-17

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Big Gamble

    • By: Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 168

    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

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