Tularosa

Tularosa

Book - 1996
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It's been two years since an on-the-job shooting forced ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney to retire. He is drawn back into action when Terry Yazzi, his former partner and the man responsible for his wounds, pleads for Kerney's help. Yazzi's son, a soldier, has disappeared in the barren desert surrounding the White Sands Missile Range.Kerney's investigation resurrects the long-forgotten thrill of the hunt--and other emotions surface after meeting the tough-but-beautiful Capt. Sara Brannon, the Army's investigating officer. Together, they uncover a crime far greater than an AWOL soldier: a conspiracy of death that snakes from the secretive world of military operations, to the cutthroat alleys of a Mexican border town, leading them to a final, shocking revelation that may cost them both their lives.Tularosa is the first book in McGarrity's "Kevin Kerney" crime series.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393333992
9780393039221
0393039226
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY McGarrit Michael
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,24 cm.

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ValinOR14
Feb 04, 2019

I will admit I chose to read this book because I lived in the area for six months. McGarrity totally captured the beauty, wild weather, and history of White Sands!

The main character, Kevin Kerney, is pulled into investigating the disappearance of his godson, Sammy, who has been reported AWOL from White Sands Missile Range. (Sammy's father, Terry, is the former partner who ended Kerney's career with the Santa Fe Police Department when his drinking got Kerney shot into early medical retirement.) Captain Sara J. Brannon is in charge of the military investigation into Sammy’s disappearance and she's not thrilled with Kerney, although they forge an uneasy alliance and eventually grow to respect each other's investigative skills.

Would I have rated this book four stars had I not lived in the area at one time? Probably more like three stars. The part of the story about the Apache war chief named Victorio plundering and then hiding gold and other treasures on the White Sands Missle Range felt far-fetched, although it is an actual legend. The romance between Sara and Kevin seemed a bit forced and unnecessary. Having written that, though, I'm eager to read the next book in the series!

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marilynkm
Aug 15, 2010

The first book in the Kevin Kearney series kept me in enough suspense to want to read the next one.

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