Residue

A Kevin Kerney Novel
Narrated by: John McLain
Series: Kevin Kerney, Book 13
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A long-unsolved mystery gets a grim new break when the bones of Kim Ward are unearthed in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 45 years after her disappearance. Suspicion swiftly falls on her old college boyfriend: none other than retired police chief Kevin Kerney.

The chief's hopes of clearing his name look bleak in the face of damning evidence compiled against him by State Police Lieutenant Clayton Istee - Kerney's own son. Left grasping for clues, with no alibi and not a single witness to speak for him, Kerney and his wife must race to reconstruct long-past events to identify the one person who can clear his name and expose the killer before it's too late. As their investigation unfolds, they'll discover that Kim Ward's murder isn't the only crime they'll have to solve before they can put danger behind them.

©2018 Michael McGarrity (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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A sad residue of previous McGarrity novels.

I have enjoyed and listened and relistened to most of McGarrity's audio books. McGarrity is one of my favorite writers along with John Sanford, Philip Kerr, Robert Galbraith (aka, JK Rowlings), Craig Johnson, and Lee Child. I therefore expected that Residue would be another great read/listen. Sadly, I was mistaken. Every two to five minutes there is trite or unbelievable piece of dialogue or a plot device which stretched my suspension of disbelief to the snapping point. There are similar things that occasionally happen in most novels, even with the best writers. However, it was so frequent with Residue that I had stop listening because of the frustration. I wonder whether McGarrity wrote the novel or if it was ghost written, or hurriedly put together from something he wrote early in his career and decided at the time was not for publication.

In addition, why didn't George Guidall narrate. That might have saved the experience. The narrator was unconvincing, especially with women characters. He has a fake deep voice with some characters which became aggravating.

The plot hinges on a fascinating idea but the execution failed that idea. I am sorry to say that Residue is a residue of the talent McGarrity and Guidall have demonstrated in previous Kearny novels.

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Storyline OK but narrator - ack!

Distracting to hear the narrators interpretation of the main protagonist Kevin Kearneys son, Clayton's accent - apache and living on a reservation, his accent was distinctively 'hillbilly', more suited to another part of the country. And when the narrator started saying 'poah-leece' (not police or law enforcement) that threw it over the top for me. The story line was predictable and the book long, not enough Kearney focus for me. Lets hope the next in the series is better.

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Horrible, sterotype, ignorant narration

The nine previous novels in this series benefittedcfrombtight plotting and a nuanced performance. Thisclat latest entry, with a new vocal talent, is barley tolerable. McCain gives us a horrible, stereotyped, and ignorant performance. His Spanish-American characters sound like a Bill Dana comedy routine; Apaches sound like they live in Mayberry; his take on NM police is Chicago southside.

I recommend this mystery only if you want more of the story badly enough to tolerate a completely amateurish and insensitive performance.

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Great Book - Marginal Narrator

I thought McGarrity delivered as usual in this book. To me it was more like a continuation of the Kearny family sage started in Hard Country with a cold case thrown in. If you have a choice read it in book or Kindle format. Maybe it would not bother people from another part of the country, but as a native New Mexican I found myself cringing at the mispronunciations of peoples names and places. He is also very monotone. George Guidall may not be perfect but he pretty much owns the role. Audible, if he is busy get in line and wait till he can fit it in - he is well worth the wait.

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disappointed in narration

great book. just wish this one would have been narrated by George G. like the previous ones.

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newest book

we have read nearly all the Michael McGarrity books and was not disappointed by this one as it kept our interest and we like the history and personalities involved

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good story, not good narrator

I agree with some other reviewers, it's good to see McGarrity and Kearney back. I too miss George Guidall as narrator.
And I would have liked more Kearney in the book too. It's a worthwhile read, but the earlier McGarrity mysteries were much better.

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Good story. But

Story was contrived and predictable but still enjoyable.
John McLain is NOT a good reader. Had a hard time figuring out who was talking from his intonation and mostly detached narration.

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McGarrity’s New Kerney - Residue

I am a 70 yr young Texas Hill country Rancher. I have been reading McGarrity from his earliest novels. I believe the history of the Kerney family Ranch Trilogy to be McGarrity’s finest work. I look forward each year to the new Kevin Kerney novel. I believe McGarrity to be among the most authentic NM writers working today. I believe this new narrator was a distinct improvement over the overused western narrator normally assigned to these novels. A nice change.

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Not Quite the Right Accents

Overall a decent story though not as well read as previous books read by George Guidall. Narrator made all characters sound as if a Southern accent, not quite as expected.

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