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Publisher's Summary

Given a chance to salvage his law enforcement career, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Detective Clayton Istee catches a bizarre late-night double homicide at a Las Cruces hotel. Both victims, a man and a woman, have been scalped with their throats cut. 

The murders show all the signs of a signature hit, but national and state crime databases reveal no similar profiles. Digging into the victims’ backgrounds, Clayton discovers that six months prior the couple had walked out of a nearby casino with $200,000 of a high-stakes gambler’s money. 

He also learns the crime had been hushed up by an undercover federal DEA agent, who resurfaces and recruits Clayton for a dangerous mission to seize the Mexican drug lord responsible for the killings. 

Thrust into the nightmare world of borderland drug wars and corrupt cops, Clayton duels with a cunning assassin poised to kill him and his family in a ferocious climax to the Kevin Kerney series that is sure to stun.

©2020 Michael McGarrity (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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narrator might as well have been reading a recipe

I have enjoyed all of McGarrity's books set in the southwest- his Kevin Kerney series and his trilogy. However, the narration on Head Wounds was so deadpan and lacking in transitions between characters that the impact of the story was badly damaged.

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Bad performance, hard to follow this story..

Not really a Kevin Kearny book...all the characters get muddled, terrible reader. Can’t recommend this book.

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Poor narration saved only by the great story

I've read or listened to every one of Michael Mcgarrity's books. I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I try not to get too attached to a single narrator, and I work hard not to judge a new narrator too harshly who has big shoes to fill when he or she takes over from another. That said, it was a struggle to get through this audiobook. From poor voice acting that made it very hard at times, to follow dialog; to a near complete lack of attention to tempo and voicing as scenes changed - which made it very difficult to realize that we had jumped from one scene to another; to an occasional disregard for the audible use of the comma, this audiobook was rough. Obviously, there is no way as listeners for us to know if this is a problem in production/direction, or if it is a failure of the narrator. I hope McGarrity's next book is given a better production. They all deserve it.

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Very disappointing

I’ve listened to every McGarrity book and have enjoyed them all until now. The thin plot was given no help from a lackluster reading.

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Narrator George Newbern did the best he could!

Author Michael McGarrity has been one of my favorite authors for YEARS! 👍 This book is a large disappointment! I've read Many of Mr. McGarrity's books and thoroughly enjoyed every one, until now. I found Head Wounds difficult to comprehend! Perhaps my attention was distracted during a key chapter... I will take blame for doing my barn chores, (the same chores I do everyday) while reading this book. However if there was a key point that I missed that would have made this book more understandable, I'd love to know where it is!

I'm going to read this book again in the hopes that my lost information will become evident, thereby allowing me to better appreciate this book!

If it becomes more clear to me, I'll revise this review.

The confusion in my mind is centered around the drug lord. Where he fits into Clayton Ishtee's (sp) life and how and why Clayton needed to confront him is list to me. The final killing in this book left me lost as well. I expect a follow up book will clarify SOME of the things that disoriented me, or rather, I pray that's the case!

Eagerly awaiting the next book...

Bill

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Sad end to great series

I have loved the majority of this series but the last 2 books (including this one) disappointed and this one really left me dissatisfied. I’m going to read the prequel next & hope to enjoy learning how the Kerney family came to NM.

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Another Great McGarry novel.

Didn't see the ending coming the way it did. Great job of history and background of law enforcement.

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Needs Better Direction for Narrator

This book is about a complicated police investigation in the area of the Southwest that I know well, and in some respects was a great story. It skips rapidly from storyline to storyline, character to character. The narrator was good, but a small hesitation from location to location would spare the listener from a lot of confusion and back tracking. Also, the mis-pronounced words (colonia, San Luis Potosí, and a few others) was annoying.

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I kept waiting for something to happen then the book ended!! I thought I had skipped several chapters, nope that was it.

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An exceptional read

As a loyal reader of Michael McGarrity's novels, I consider this to be one of his best. Incorporating history and background of Native American subjects makes this truly interesting and entertaining. I would have rated this novel 5 stars plus, but the author felt compelled to enlighten the reader with a few "woke" comments to be fashionable.