I have read all of these books about the Cheif of Police in Santa Fe, NM, and his Army Officer wife. They are great police procedurals with interesting characters fully developed.
I didn't like this book as much as others in the series, but I didn't have any trouble finishing it. I just thought there were too many subplots going on and none of them were fully developed. I read and enjoy this series partly because of the wonderful descriptions of New Mexico because I've been there many times and there was just too much Ireland for me, even though it sounds beautiful. Anyway, if you want to start this series, don't start it with this one because I don't think it's typical or as engrossing as some of the others.
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of Michael McGarrity
All the Kevin Kearney novels are great. Lots of action with the mystery, the police work, and the home life. It brings back fond memories of New Mexico.
I like McGarrity and this is one of his best. Good mystery, good characters, unusual settings. Very involving. Great read to the last page.
large-scale drug-smuggling operation
Very attractive series based on a lawman in New Mexico and his family. This is part of the series called the Kevin Kerney Novels. This paragraph applies to all books in this series. The story's are great, but what makes this series stand out is how the country is worked into the story, It's almost as if you are there. The author is a gifted story teller.
Do you need to read this series in order: Yes, it helps a lot. Note that Hard Country and Backlands (and one pending maybe) are the prequels.
Triggers: Cops and police situations, there are rapes, homicides, and crime.
Reluctantly working as a technical adviser for a western being filmed in New Mexico, Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney finds the murdered body of a young man near an isolated Mexican border crossing and discovers that a large-scale drug-smuggling operation may be responsible.