Books by Michael McGarrity

Michael McGarrity holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master's degree in clinical social work. As an undergraduate, he held a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is an honor graduate of the New Mexico


RESIDUE by Michael McGarrity
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"An unholy mess of more felonies than you can shake a stick at—and that's only counting the ones committed by the good guys. Whether or not McGarrity's veteran hero beats the rap, the New Mexico legal system will never be the same."
Retired Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney emerges from a long absence since his last outing (Dead or Alive, 2009) just in time to be wanted for murder. Read full book review >
THE LAST RANCH by Michael McGarrity
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A latter-day oater, of some interest to fans of the genre."
Cliven Bundy, nothin'. Real Western ranchers pay their taxes—but kick up a fuss when they have to, as McGarrity's modern Western has it. Read full book review >
HARD COUNTRY by Michael McGarrity
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2012

"A well-rendered neoclassic tale of the Old West, worthy of a place alongside Lonesome Dove and Sea of Grass."
Satisfying oater of the old-fashioned—or at least McMurtryesque—school. Read full book review >
DEAD OR ALIVE by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"McGarrity (Death Song, 2008, etc.) plays to one of his core strengths—the police procedural—but the human drama, another of his usual strengths, is muted here. Fans will miss it."
Ex-Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney comes out of retirement to track a monster. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"Although the hero vanishes for nearly a hundred pages, the series remains one of crime fiction's most readable."
In his ninth (Everyone Dies, 2003, etc.), Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney meets an old friend, cracks a tough case and goes to the movies. Read full book review >
EVERYONE DIES by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Warning to the fainthearted: Every thirty pages or so your mouth may go dry."
Another impeccable outing from the master of the small-city procedural (The Big Gamble, 2002, etc.) Read full book review >
THE BIG GAMBLE by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2002

"No one does the small-city police procedural more authoritatively than McGarrity."
A blown-out knee isn't the only source of pain for Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney as he embarks on his seventh satisfying adventure. Read full book review >
UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2001

"Kerney's mind-boggling look at your tax dollars at work is his finest hour yet."
About the only law-enforcement job Kevin Kerney (ex-sheriff's lieutenant, ex-Forest Service, ex-New Mexico State Police) hasn't held yet is Chief of the Santa Fe Police Department, and that's where this sixth case finds him. Read full book review >
THE JUDAS JUDGE by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2000

"Chief Kerney is, as always, attractively stalwart (Hermit's Peak, 1999, etc.): solid work from one of crime fiction's trustier hands."
In south-central New Mexico, six people—all campers—are shot to death within the space of a few hours. Read full book review >
SERPENT GATE by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Accomplished, routine work, then, except for that high-octane opening act, which could hook Kerney a big new audience as early as page one."
A long, tense, well-nigh perfect prologue finds former Santa Fe cop Kevin Kerney (Mexican Hat, 1997, etc.) in a New Mexico State uniform, trying to interview schizophrenic Robert Cordova, a crucial witness in the murder of Patrolman Paul Gillespie. Read full book review >
MEXICAN HAT by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"A bulging taco of a novel, overstuffed with villains, old secrets, crooked cops, and bang bang bang—but still written with a chemistry and majesty that'll make it irresistible to Tony Hillerman fans. (Author tour)"
Retired Santa Fe cop Kevin Kerney (Tularosa, 1996) is working a temporary job as a Forest Service ranger when he looks inside a cave and finds a dazed old man whose ramblings lead him to the old man's grandson, evidently shot to death by a cougar poacher. Read full book review >
TULAROSA by Michael McGarrity
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"A lean, stylish debut, with a hero who's equally at home sniffing out evidence and duking it out with the heavies. (Author tour)"
Like so many other contemporary heroes, Kevin Kerney is just looking to be left alone. Read full book review >