Synopses & Reviews
After receiving a call from the newly appointed chief of the New Mexico State Police, ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney is thrown into an investigation of a small-town cop-killing no one has been able to solve. His only lead: a homeless schizophrenic's ramblings about rape and an uncharted place called Serpent Gate.
Meanwhile, back in Santa Fe, priceless art is stolen from the governor's offices and a beautiful young blonde is murdered in a millionaire's mansion. Kerney follows a trail of clues to Mexico, where he faces off against an old nemesis with powerful government connections. Unwilling to back down, Kerney must use all of his tenacity, raw courage, and knowledge of the criminal mind in a bloody showdown that may cost him his life.
Sarah Lovett Author of A Desperate Silence Michael McGarrity delivers another winner -- Serpent Gate is moody, evocative, compelling.
James Crumley Hammett and Raymond Chandler Awards Winner, Author of The Last Good Kiss As complex and compelling as a desert sunset -- I stayed up all night, reading it straight through. The characters are solidly etched, the plot tightly coiled, and the police procedure outstanding. It's a fine book.
A masterpiece of plot, setting, and character...[to] be savored.
Michael McGarrity delivers his most compelling portrait of the
American Southwest in a scorching thriller that's "suspenseful
and action-packed" (Los Angeles Times).
Robert Utley Former Chief Historian of The National Park Service and author of thirteen books of western American history Michael McGarrity knows New Mexico intimately -- its diverse geography, its multifaceted cultural scene, its politics, and its law-enforcement apparatus. Master of suspenseful, action-packed narrative and vivid characterizations, he fits his plot into a geographical and human setting of extraordinary authenticity.
Linda Fairstein Bestselling author of Final Jeopardy and Likely To Die Michael McGarrity's novels are a perfect blend of riveting action and richly evoked characters, making Santa Fe look more irresistible than ever. Serpent Gate is his best -- a real winner.
Wendy Hornsby Edgar Award-winning author of 77th Street Requiem and A Hard Light A magnificent tale. Rarely does a writer bring together stunning suspense, fascinating characters, a rich tale, and a splendid evocation of place with the grace and skill that Michael McGarrity delivers in Serpent Gate. A star to watch.
About the Author
Michael Mcgarrity entered the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in his forties, joining the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department. There he established the department's renowned sex-crimes unit, personally breaking many of its cases. He has also worked as a ranch hand, a corporate consultant, a college teacher, a psychotherapist, an investigator for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office, and has served in several key positions in the New Mexico Department of Health. The Anthony Award-nominated author of Tularosa, Mexican Hat, and Serpent Gate, he lives in Santa Fe with his wife and son.