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Acclaimed as a born storyteller by critics, Michael McGarrity packs his powerful mystery with Southwestern lore and breathtaking action. In a wicked conspiracy reaching across the Mexican border, Tularosa pits a jaded ex-cop against tight-lipped Army personnel, hired thugs, and smooth-talking outlaws. Forced into retirement by a crippling gunshot wound, Santa Fe policeman Kevin Kerney seeks solitude on a small New Mexico ranch far from the nearest neighbor. But when his godson disappears without a trace into the harsh, high-security desert of the White Sands Missile Range, Kerney emerges to search for the young soldier. His probing questions lead him on a perilous journey across the stark, sun-beaten wilderness deep into the shadowy, cutthroat alleys of a lawless border town.

With the winning combination of complex, believable characters and a brilliantly crafted plot, it’s easy to see why Publishers Weekly named Tularosa Best Book of the Year. With George Guidall’s dramatic narration, the rugged Southwestern backdrop and each of the colorful inhabitants burst vividly from the page.

©1996 Michael McGarrity (P)1997 Recorded Books

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Would like to hear the entire series!

I enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm a long time Tony Hillerman and more recently Craig Johnson fan, and love George Guidall's narration. And New Mexico is my favorite vacation spot. I started with Hard Country which actually is McGarrity's most recent book but gives a nice background for the Kevin Kerney series (it's Kerney's old family history). Now I've just finished Tularosa, the first in the Kevin Kerney series. Unfortunately, Audible doesn't have the entire series....so I'm scrambling with Amazon and area libraries to fill in the gaps. Please Audible, get busy! Thanks.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 09-02-14

Out West Meets US Army, GREAT STORY!

My husband and I listened to this one on a road trip over a long weekend. And we both loved it. Caught ourselves carrying the ipod to bed with us to sneak in a few more minutes each night after our family went to sleep . . . The descriptions of the beautiful western landscapes were exceptional, as well as the Indian customs, and it added to the story of Sammy, the soldier who supposedly went AWOL. For someone who has only driven through these sparse, ruggedly beautiful states in the western U.S., I found myself longing to go back, and really SEE them, to stop and drink the beauty in. The history of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico was equally interesting to us. And what we as a people have done to our native American brothers and sisters always brings pain to me. Tularosa is a great book. Don't miss it. And I have already added Mexican Hat, the next one in the series to my wish list.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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You cannot beat a George Guidall performance

Would you listen to Tularosa again? Why?

Yes. Enjoyed this book as much as a Walt Longmire story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kevin Kearney. A cowboy with a white hat.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Always enjoy George's performance of a novels characters.

Who was the most memorable character of Tularosa and why?

Kevin Kearney of course.

Any additional comments?

Will be listening to more about Kevin Kearney.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Yes Indeed

I started this series right after I finished the A Western Novels by McGarrity. I was hoping that this series was about the same characters from the Western Novels. At first I was disappointed but then things picked up. Yes this is a series I will finish. I have already bought the next book in this series. McGarrity is just as good a writer as Johnson, and Hillerman.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • R.
  • 02-07-16

A Good Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Tularosa to be better than the print version?

Definitely. The narrator draws you into the book and keeps you wanting more. Paired with the story, it is a fine work set in the southwest. Enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Tularosa to and why?

Has a rhythm similar to Craig Johnson novels.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George brings life to the characters and builds suspense. Listening to his voice is a pleasure. I seek out books narrated by him.

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

A treasure to kill for.

Any additional comments?

Great book. Will definitely continue the series. Hopefully, audible picks up all of the series!

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 12-17-15

The first in the series and a great story!

This is the first book I have ever read by the author Michael McGarrity. I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent police mystery. I loved the main character Kevin Kerney, and the plot of the story with its secrets was great. I also liked the New Mexico setting that the story was set in.

Definitely a fun read and excellent narration by George Guidall.

I have put the next book in the series on my wish list, Mexican Hat, and look forward to reading it.

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  • mark
  • NEWPORT, NC, United States
  • 10-22-15

Another great book by McGarrity

The saga of the Kerney Family is a great story.
Highly recommended.
Begin with Hard Country and move on to present day.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 01-05-16

Oh No! Hooked on a Series Again. . .

Michael McGarrity's books (circa 1999) are old news to lots of readers, but I only recently purchased Tularosa. It was good. I enjoyed it immensely. I am now hooked on the series and will likely just continue to listen to these "modern western detective" stories until they run out. Why is it good? Very relatable, likable characters; excellent local color and placement; some good history lessons included; just a hint of romance; and over it all, a nice blanket of crimes to solve and detective work to be done.

Sure, it's old fashioned lore -- but it is a great listen. George Guidall's reading of this first in the series was just wonderful -- he turns the characters into real life figures everytime. Four stars, easily!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Underwhelmed

No Craig Johnson, no C.J. Box. Looking for a new author/series to explore while waiting for next Walt Longmire? Try Peter Bowen's Gabriel DuPre books - marvelous (and under-rated) entry in "modern Western" genre.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good story with New Mexico setting

It is a good crime story, pretty we'll written. It is not a great literary work but fun and held my interest. Not very deep but worth the listen. Living in El Paso Texas it was fun to hear places we know in the story. As many listeners have stated the ending was NOT well done. I think the writer was trying to be "cute" but he just stopped in mid scene. This left a bad taste in my mouth as it evidently did for others as well.
George Guidall did a masterful job as always. He really brings the characters to life. He can make even a mediocre story come alive, maybe that is part of why I enjoyed it as much as I did.
Overall worth the time and credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful