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When a fire in an abandoned fruit stand in rural Lincoln County reveals the murdered body of a woman gone missing from Sante Fe years ago, Police Chief Kevin Kerney finds himself cooperating with his estranged son, a man he hardly knows, Deputy Sheriff Clayton Istee. While Kerney digs into the woman's past, hoping to find clues that will lead to a credible suspect, Clayton must unravel two more homicides that seem on the surface totally unrelated.

As Kerney chases down clues that raise questions about the legitimacy of a highly regarded modeling and talent agency, Clayton works to discover the identity of a murder suspect alleged to have ties to prostitution and illegal gambling.

Set against the backdrop of the high mountains of southern New Mexico, where gambling is big business and private sexual encounters for VIPs can be discreetly arranged, Kerney and Clayton must go up against the rich and politically powerful opponents who are willing to protect their reputations at all costs.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 10-26-16

What Happened McGarrity? Not Up to Par

I've long been a McGarrity fan -- enjoying all the Keven Kearney books so far -- until this one. It missed the mark by a mile. The story was just "meh" and the ending so abrupt and inconclusive as to make me think my audio file was missing many minutes at the end. Dick Hill's narration is something you have to get used to or not; which just makes him another annoying issue with this particular book. I guess I made a big gamble in using a credit on this one -- and I lost big!

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The Big Gamble it wasn't

It wasn't a big gamble buying this book. McGarrity really is a top notch author. Some earlier reviews focused on Dick Hill's narration. I will give this to you he isn't George Guidall. That being said Dick Hill is a very good reader. If Hill had started the series no one would have had any concerns with his narration. Yes Guidall is simply fantastic but Hill isn't bad.
This wasn't my favorite story line but it was very good. The relationship of father and son was disturbing to me. He should had been furious with his mother not his dad. She is the one who kept the secret. Enjoyable read.

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Good series

I enjoy listening to the series by Michael McGarrity. These books are a series so therefore, he doesn't necessarily tie everything together before one book ends. In other words, if you enjoy the book you keep coming back for more. I like the main character Kearney. I envision him as a John Wayne and I appreciate the way that McGarrity lets us have little glimpses into his past as well as he current situations. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys reading a good detective mystery.

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Good story overshadowed by poor choice of narrator

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Kearny series books, especially the ones narrated by George Guidall. I have heard several books narrated by Dick Hill, and most are not great, a few are okay. He does not fit this book and is a very distant second to Guidall when it comes to narrating the Kearny books. if you are hooked on the Kearny books you should listen to this story, but don't expect it to be anywhere as good as most of the others because of the narrator.

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great cop story

very well narrated. keeps your intrest. not so long as to get lost in "side stories " with no real ralation to main story line

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Very disappointed

I really really liked McGarrity's earlier books -- good plots, human relationships and dynamics had depth, great descriptions of the Southwest, nature and scene. I had him up up there with Tony Hillerman and Craig Johnson. But this book, the Big Gamble -- I'm sorry to say that all the characters are shallow - even Kerney; the plot is obvious and run-of-the-mill and worst --most of the book is taken up with smutty seedy places, people, scenes, actions and motives. Sure, detective mysteries have this element. You need the bad guys for plot and tension but a good detective novel, for me anyway, is held together by the crime-solving characters having depth and meaningfully interactions while they work on solving the crime and there's as much or more time given to their work than to the criminals and crimes.

I didn't finish it. Where did McGarrity's great writing go? Maybe he got tired. I did not like the narrator either - he makes his voice whiny to show he's speaking as a different character. and in doing so, made characters sound sleazy when they didn't have to.

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Rushed Ending

Excellant story but the ending was rushed. Plenty of up front detail and character development but the story just ended. No detail on what happened to the bad guys except for the assassin Navez.

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Big slip in production values

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The initial chapter or two should have been re-recorded. Narration is not consistent with previous works. Working previous character into the story was a bit forced. Just a difficult book to get through with all the distractions.

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Not the right reader for this series

I have listened to Dick Hill on other books (such as Harry Bosch) and he's fine there. But not on Kearney books. The voices were all wrong and actually got in the way of the story. One sheriff sounded more like a quavering senior citizen, which was very disconcerting.

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Boring

I love the Kerneys. But this book was blah. No substance. The narrators voice was annoying. He tried to talk like an American Indian but it was embarrassing. He was awful.