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Kevin Kerney Books In Order

Publication Order of Kevin Kerney Books

Tularosa (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mexican Hat (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serpent Gate (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hermit's Peak (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judas Judge (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Color of Law (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Gamble (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everyone Dies (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slow Kill (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing But Trouble (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Song (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead or Alive (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


The Kevin Kerney series is a novel series consisting of 14 very interesting novels based on crime and thriller genre. The series is written by well-known New Mexican author Michael McGarrity from 1996 up to 2014. Each novel of the series shows a cycle of criminal activities taking place in and around New Mexico. Most of the novels written by McGarrity show Kevin Kerney as the main protagonist who strives hard to bring down the level of criminal activities in New Mexico. The author has described the plot of the series to be in the modern New Mexico as he himself comes from New Mexico. All the locations mentioned in the series are taken from real places in New Mexico, be it Tularosa Basin, Lincoln County, Hermit’s Peak or Santa Fe. Michael McGarrity has done the characterization of Kevin Kerney based on his own life as he had served as a law enforcement officer in New Mexico. Being a graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and working as a caseworker fir the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office, McGarrity ha enough knowledge about the types of crimes taking place and the role of an investigating officer in solving them. He has described Kevin Kerney to be a law enforcement officer, investigator and a social worker all like himself. He has given the character sketch of Kevin Kerney as follows:

Kevin is an ex-chief of detectives of Santa Fe Police department and also an ex-rancher. He gets retired due to an injured leg by a gun shot. He has an ex-partner in the name of Terry Yazzi who is also the person responsible for his injury. Kevin has complicated feelings towards Captain Sara Brannon, who is young and attractive and a fiery officer. Sara Brannon is also the Army’s investigator and helps Kevin to track down the criminals. From his childhood days, Kevin was a rodeo star and goes on to become a chief of detectives in the Santa Fe Police Department. But his service is shortened due to being shot in the leg, which forces him to retire untimely.

The first novel of the Kevin Kerney series was titled ‘Tularosa’ and was published in the year 1996. The novel introduces Kevin Kerney as a disabled and retired police officer in Santa Fe. He is approached by his old friend Terry Yazzi who is also a police officer by profession. Terry asks for help in finding his son Sammy Yazzi. The friendship between Kevin and Terry no longer exists as terry was the person responsible for his leg injury on during a gun fight. He was also responsible for Kevin’s loss of home and his love life. Terry Yazzi had alcohol problems due to which Kevin got injured as he was not there to back up Kevin. Due to all these reasons, Kevin hates the sight of Terry. But he promises to help him in finding his son Sammy Yazzi as Kevin was Sammy’s Godfather. He would do anything possible to help him out and ensure that he was safe. There was a soft corner for Sammy in Kevin’s heart. Kevin Kerney finds out that Sammy was stationed as a soldier at the White Sands Missile Range. He was aware of the fact that the military personnel won’t reveal anything to him as he was a civilian and did not have any authority to question them. Therefor, Kevin goes to another friend named Andy Baca, who was a Sheriff. Kevin explains him the situation and the need for authority. Andy assigns him as a lieutenant for a temporary period.

Kevin meets Captain Sara Brannon, who works as a military investigation officer. They form a team and decide to work together on the case. While still on the case, the two develop a romantic relationship, but Kevin is in a dilemma whether to move ahead with the relationship or not. Kevin decides to go through mountain trails in spite of his injury in order to find some clue in the Sammy Yazzi missing case. Sara and Kevin soon find out that the area from which Sammy disappeared was rich in the U.S and Indian Cavalry History. They also uncover a conspiracy taking place in the border town of New Mexico. They find themselves trapped in a web of treason, murder and the smuggling of very important and priceless artifacts. Kevin and Sara get wounded in confrontations with the criminals. They bring justice by fighting against all odds. The readers found the novel to fun to read. The introduction of interesting characters and twisted plot keeps the readers entertained throughout. A lot of critics praised the way McGarrity unveils the plot and introduces the colorful characters. The suspenseful story and historical knowledge about the Indian and the U.S Cavalry keeps the readers interested till the very end. The novel went on to be nominated for a number of Awards, including the Dilys Award (1997), the Anthony Award for Best Novel (1997) and the finalist for a spur Award.

The second novel of the Kevin Kerney series was titled ‘Mexican Hat’ and was published in the year 1997. This book continues to show the life of retired law enforcement officer, Kevin Kerney. Kevin takes a job of a seasonal forest ranger in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico in order to earn some living. He hopes to spend a quiet summer in the high mountains. But, the a number of wildlife poaching incidents and the murder of a tourist thrusts him back into the investigation. The discovery of an old disoriented man in the wilderness adds to his investigative work. He teams up with Jim Stiles, who is an energetic and young fish officer. The investigation takes them back to a sixty year old case of a feud between two rich brothers, Eugene and Edgar Cox. The case is connected to the death of a rancher. Kevin also feels restless about the paramilitary militia movement that is sweeping the country. He begin’s to doubt the motives of the assistant district attorney Karen Cox, who is the daughter of Edgar Cox as she might be hiding her father’s crimes. Kevin survives multiple attacks on him as someone does not want the truth to come out. Karen finds herself torn between helping Kevin in finding the truth and keeping her father’s secrets. Kevin keeps digging deep into the investigation without fearing the loss of his own life. This novel was also appreciated by many readers. Michael Mcgarrity was praised for developing an exciting mystery into the Gila Wilderness. His depiction of the Wilderness and the development of the plot and characters was also praised by the critics. It motivated McGarrity to write few more novels in the series and also added to his fame. He got himself established as a noteworthy author.

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