Synopses & Reviews
The third novel in Michael McGarrity’s “invigorating” (The New York Times), bestselling series featuring seasoned Sante Fe cop Kevin Kerney.
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 office 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.
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.
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.
Sarah Lovett Author of A Desperate Silence Michael McGarrity delivers another winner -- Serpent Gate is moody, evocative, compelling.
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.
The third novel in Michael McGarrity's "invigorating" (The New York Times), bestselling series featuring seasoned Sante Fe cop Kevin Kerney.
Seasoned on every page by his real-life experience as a Sante Fe deputy sheriff, Michael McGarrity's early Kevin Kerney novels shimmer with "precise realism" (Booklist ), as they immerse readers in the "excitement, color, and character" (The Denver Post ) of life on the job for one of crime fiction's most unforgettable Southwestern lawmen.
A small-town cop killing remains unsolved, and Kevin Kerney pursues the case's only lead: a homeless man's ramblings about an uncharted place called Serpent Gate. Then an art theft at the governor's offices and the murder of a sexy young blonde lure him back to Sante Fe, then to Mexico, where a face off with an old nemesis awaits--and where Kerney must choose between vengeance, loyalty, and justice.
Seasoned on every page by his real-life experience as a Sante Fe deputy sheriff, Michael McGarrity’s early Kevin Kerney novels shimmer with “precise realism” (Booklist
), as they immerse readers in the “excitement, color, and character” (The Denver Post
) of life on the job for one of crime fiction’s most unforgettable Southwestern lawmen.
A small-town cop killing remains unsolved, and Kevin Kerney pursues the case’s only lead: a homeless man’s ramblings about an uncharted place called Serpent Gate. Then an art theft at the governor’s offices and the murder of a sexy young blonde lure him back to Sante Fe, then to Mexico, where a face off with an old nemesis awaits—and where Kerney must choose between vengeance, loyalty, and justice.
About the Author
Michael McGarrity is the author of the Kevin Kerney mystery novels including Tularosa, nominated for an Anthony Award; Mexican Hat; and Serpent Gate. A former Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he also served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and as an investigator for the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.