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Publisher's Summary

Lawman turned best-selling author Michael McGarrity presents this thrilling Kevin Kerney novel—packed with gritty action—that “series fans will relish” (Publishers Weekly). Called out of retirement, Kerney must take up the hunt for a psychotic killer who’s been blazing a path of carnage from Texas to Colorado. Fortunately he’ll have help from his half-Indian son, Sgt. Clayton Istee.

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©2009 Michael McGarrity (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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Rather be dead

Rather than focusing on the main characters of this series, Dead or Alive concentrates on a cold blooded killer that never makes a mistake and has no redeeming qualities. I kept fast forwarding, hoping it would get better but it just dragged on and on and on. I wouldn't listen to this book again at gunpoint!

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take your antidepressant first

A few years ago I read a book in this series titled Everybody Dies. That should have been reserved for this book. I usually enjoy the Kearny series and it has been getting a bit too sweet with the wife and family...but Mr McGarrity went overboard fixing that in this story and he mixed saccharine with bitter to no good effect. I guess read it to keep the series outline in case it is necessary for the next book..but don't have a gun in the room you might be tempted to use it. George Guidall makes anything wonderful to listen to but this subject matter nearly overwhelms his narration.

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Unnecessary mayhem

I’ve enjoyed the Kevin Kerney series up to this book which is packed with unnecessarily gruesome details of violence and vicious sex — all designed, I imagine, to underscore the depraved nature of the villain. This book is not for the faint of heart. I hope, however, that the next installment in the series has less over-the-top violence and a more creative plot line.

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Kevin Kerney at his best

Michael Mcgarrity and his Kerney family New Mexico saga matches Craig Johnson's Wyoming Longmire, story for story. The stories not only give you a view of the old west most Easterners never see, but they also weave , mystery, and crime solving along with the development of various personalities that you believe e are real people. My only critique is that the books are out of order for Kevin Kerney which causes you to backtrack.

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good one!

McGarrity, Connelly, and Sandford are my favorite mystery writers. McGarrity has stopped writing mysteries, I think this was his last. The bad guy is especially bad in this one, but it is an excellent story.

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Not his best

Too much like John Sanford's 'Prey' series. Not enough of Kevin Kearny in the story.

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I noticed Guidall did not read his next book...

I can't imagine Guidall having to read this book. My wife and I stopped listening 2/3 into the book. I noticed Guidall did not read his next book.

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one of the best series you will read

Very good, will continue on with the next in the series
Mr. Goodell could read the phone book and make it interesting

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DEAD OR ALIVE

This series is one of the best ever and I have read about half a dozen and liked them enough to listen to all in the series. Very realistic.

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The best Kearney book yet

Would highly recommend this book. All of the Kearney series is excellent but this one is exceptional.
George does his usual great job and makes the story even better.