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Serpent Gate

Serpent Gate

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.
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  • Gallery Books | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451685275 | 
  • November 2012
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Chapter One
Kevin Kerney sat in an unmarked state police car across the street from the Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair, New Mexico, waiting for Robert Cordova to show up. Kerney had tracked Cordova to the state mental hospital in Las Vegas, only to discover that he had run off two days earlier. Cordova was a schizophrenic with a history of disappearing from the state hospital as soon as he was stabilized on medication.
A hospital psychiatrist had told Kerney that Cordova had no permanent residence and usually went back to his hometown of Mountainair after running off. Eventually he'd show up at the health clinic in town, looking for cigarette... see more

About the Author

Michael McGarrity
Photograph by Sean McGarrity

Michael McGarrity

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.

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