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Mexican Hat (Kevin Kerney #2)

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Kevin Kerney, ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives and ex-rancher is working as a seasonal forest ranger in the Gila Wilderness and banking his pay toward the down payment on a small ranch. Despite the county militia's planting pipe bombs on hiking trails, Kerney looks forward to a quiet summer in the high mountains. But the poaching of wildlife, the murder of a Mexican tourist...more
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Published March 30th 2004 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
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Amanda Keck
I thought the ending of this book was much stronger than the rest. many of the character names were very similar, making it difficult to follow the plot. my interest drifted throughout the first 3/4ths of the book, but the last 50 pages or so were engaging. I also found that there were large chucks of time that were skipped over within the sections that sometimes made it unclear what was happening. A simple sentence like "He left the hospital and got in the car." would have cleared it up, but th...more
Michael
Kevin Kerney is a childhood rodeo star who became chief of detectives in Santa Fe. Then he was wounded and received a medical retirement.

He is working as a seasonal forest ranger in the Gila Wilderness and attempting to earn money to restore an abandoned homeland and set up a cattle operation.

He is sent to a call when a rancher finds evidence that a bear was shot by a poacher. The rancher thinks it was done by a trophy hunter.

Kerney is investigating this when he comes upon on elderly Mexican man...more
Vickie
Wowee wow WoW!! I thought the first book in the series, TULAROSA, was an outstanding listen. MEXICAN HAT beats it all to heck! Now I can't wait to get the third in the series, SERPENT GATE, up on my wishlist on RecordedBooks. Michael McGarrity writes a tight story, the characters are well drawn and bring the reader/listener right on into the mystery. And it's not just one mystery here, there are several. There's the mystery of why the two brothers haven't spoken to each other in over 60 years, h...more
Mark C'de Baca
I love books about New Mexico with this one set in the southwestern Gila wilderness. It's like a Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire book with all the twists and turns, made even better by the reader George Guidall!! I recommend this if you like to listen while you drive!!
Carol
I really enjoyed this book, it is the second book in the series which I have read over the past few days and the more I read the more I enjoy Kerney as a character. He has old fashioned values, with a modern kick-ass attitude.

I really enjoyed the way the story developed between the three families and how Kerney pulled the threads together. The supporting characters, particularly Jim and Molly were well drawn and very likeable. I found Kerney's "love" interest Karen less likeable and not as full...more
Rosemary Willis
Good plot, believable characters, good descriptions, held my interest until the end.
Judi Corona
Great book that takes in the New Mexico landscape.
Kellie
2nd in the Kevin Kerney series. Much better than the first. "Still recovering from the leg and stomach wounds he got at the end of Tularosa, Kerney is living in a rented house trailer and working as a temporary forest ranger in the Gila Wilderness in the southwest corner of New Mexico. All he wants to do is put aside enough money to buy a small ranch, but events--the poaching of protected animals, the murder of a Mexican citizen, an outbreak of local militia terrorism--conspire to take advantage...more
Christine
Hummmm need to read more of this author!
LeeAnne
This second novel in Michael McGarrity Kevin Kerney seriesis fulfilling the promise that I noticed in the first book. Mexican Hat is a much tighter and focused mystery and Kerney's character is beginning to flesh out. Once again, New Mexico has a starring role in the novel and as a great lover of this particular state, I'm glad. This book can stand on its own but I would recommend that people read "Tularosa" first as it has a bit of backstory that will help in understanding Kerney.
Mark
Another in the successful series of mysteries featuring Kevin Kearny. All of the mysteries take place in the southwest, which drew me to read them in the first place. A fine writer, who certainly knows knows the ins-and-outs of police work, having been one himself. I rank McGarrity up there with John Straley for tough, well-written mysteries set in the outdoors.
Robert Van Tuyl
Great descriptions of New Mexico. Plot takes a wounded cop who is looking for an easy to do job and but gets him involved in an old but deadly problem. Kerney is a likable protagonist that keeps chipping away at the problems until he nearly is overwhelmed but triumphs in the third act.
Little Fish
Great Book, Kevin Kerney, Sheriff in New Mexico.
My son, Tiger turned me on to Michael Mc Garrity and he didn't steer me wrong.
Good Mystery and loved the descriptions of areas in New Mexico that I have been.
Kelly Lawson


Another great read in Michael McGarrity's Kevin Kerney series. Detailed descriptions of the New Mexico setting and the characters' development make for a book that you can't put down.
Lynn
Saw McGarrity in Tucson at a festival of books and he is an interesting guy with lots of background in law enforcement. His character is believable as he moves through New Mexico landscapes
Terry
Boy, this was a fun book to read. No down
time at all. The action and suspense just kept
happening and building up! Great read, Kevin
Kerney is the man, and McGarrity can write!
Rodger
McGarrity #2. Good mystery set in Catron County. He uses a little exaggeration in introducing the militant attitudes of the ranchers of the county, but it is a good read.
Carol


Kevin kerney novel. Action involves wildlife poaching and ongoing feud between militia opposed to national forest service and environmentalists controlling land use.
Jay
Aug 29, 2013 Jay added it
Good read. It did bog down in places but the story was good and kept me going. It was also interesting to recognize places near to where I live.
John
New job for Kevin Kerney but very interesting as his job is now similar to that of Grady Service of the Woods Cop series by Joseph Heywood.
Elizabeth
The afternoon I spent with this Kevin Kearney mystery was time so well spent, that I could have flipped the book over and started again.
Barbara B.
This is a new author for me. Kind of like the character. It takes place in New Mexico. Will probably try the next one.
Carrie
Really enjoyed this book and will look forward to others in the series. The cowboy companion to Hillerman.
Hank
Listened to this on a long trip. Good mystery and engaging enough to make the miles roll by.
Lori
I enjoyed the descriptions of rural New Mexico. The characters are worth reading about.
Carol
Takes place in SW New Mexico. Series with same character. Light mystery
Nancy Day
Boring. Poorly developed, trite characters. Didn't finish it, unusual for me.
Sue johnson
I like the main character, Kevin Kerney, more with each book. Fast read.
Mark
Starts slowly, but by the end Kevin Kerney is in fine form.
Gypsy Lady
Modern lawman mystery set in New Mexico.
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