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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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

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Interesting Read

What made the experience of listening to The Big Gamble the most enjoyable?

The areas of the plot were very familiar and the characters and development were very entertaining.

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

Bad guys fun and games in the desert southwest!

Any additional comments?

I selected this because Dick Hill was the reader. 1st foray into McGarrity, but it won't be the last.

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Characters and Narration were dissapointing

Would you try another book from Michael McGarrity and/or Dick Hill?

Yes I would try another McGarrity book but am less likely to listen to Dick Hill again. The first two books of Michael McGarrity that I read/listened to were Hard Country and Back Lands. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. The Big Gamble is the first modern day novel that I read and was very dissapointed.

Would you recommend The Big Gamble to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Mediocre Story, poor narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I listened to it in the car and had trouble hearing parts of the narration. When he was taking in a character's voice I could hear him but when he talked in his own voice he talked so softly and low I could not make out what he was saying over the car noise. His voice drops so much. Also the voice of the sherrif and some of the female voices were very annoying.

Do you think The Big Gamble needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I did not find the characters interesting or very likable. Some of the conversations between them and their spouses was a bit cheesy.

Any additional comments?

I loved Hard Country and Back Lands. The characters were much more interesting. You never knew who was going to live or die. I would be more interested in books like those two.

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very poor reader

If you could sum up The Big Gamble in three words, what would they be?

The story was good the reader was terrible.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought the story followed the sequence of the series and kept my interest throughout the book

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

When he was just reading he did ok,but when he tried to do the various charadters he was terrible to listen to.

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

I'm not going to make a film of this book so I never consided a tag line (what ever that is)

Any additional comments?

not offf hand