Hermit's Peak by Michael McGarrity
A Kevin Kerney Novel

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When an old family friend unexpectedly leaves Kevin Kerney 6400 acres of high country land outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, the last thing Kerney wants to think about is police work. Taking a rare weekend off from his job as deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police, Kerney sets out to explore the land, a rugged mesa in the shadow of Hermit's Peak.

Before Kerney can get very far, he comes upon an ailing stray dog with a woman's running shoe in its mouth. The dog leads him to the butchered bones of a murder victim, and Kerney finds he's inherited a homicide along with a ranch.

Determined not to see his weekend ruined, Kerney turns the investigation over to the state police district office and continues his survey of his windfall inheritance, only to find that timber thieves have clear-cut a great swath of woodland in a remote canyon.

Unsure of whether he can pay the inheritance taxes, hold on to the land, and realize his dream to ranch again, Kerney returns to Santa Fe. There he finds that Sara Brannon -- a woman he cares deeply about -- has arrived to visit him. As Kerney and Sara begin trying to sort out a relationship that means more to both of them than either is willing to admit, Kerney is called back to Hermit's Peak. Another murder victim has been found at a remote cabin next to Kerney's property.

Kerney is soon directing multipronged investigation into crimes that may or may not be connected. Step by step, he assembles facts that cast suspicion on some unlikely suspects. As he races against time to solve two murders and avert another, Kerney must also grapple with what the truth may mean for a man he has grown to respect and trust.

Hermit's Peak is Michael McGarrity's most involving novel yet in a series the Boston Globe calls "the real deal." Filled with breakneck action and authentic police work, and fueled by a plot that twists and turns across a majestic landscape and into the hearts and minds of memorable characters, Hermit's Peak builds to a shattering climax that no reader will forget.


About Michael McGarrity

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Michael McGarrity is a former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County, he established the first Sex Crimes Unit. 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.
Published June 15, 1999 by Scribner. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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