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The Judas Judge (Kevin Kerney #5)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  705 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
In a remote New Mexico campground, six people are killed in an apparently senseless murder spree. Deputy State Police Chief Kevin Kerney suspects the slaying wasn't random at all--but rather a calculated plot to eliminate one high-profile victim, retired judge, Vernon Langsford. In piecing together the judge's shocking past, Kerney discovers the victim's predilection for s ...more
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Published May 1st 2001 by Signet Book (first published 2000)
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Nov 03, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far in this series. I don't know if it's the location, where I live, or if it's the pace of the narrative. Kerney is about set to realize something few people do-wealth and be set for life. However, his job is making him question his dreams and what he wants to do with himself. Leaving the state police to become a wealthy rancher is put on hold when what appears to be a serial killer leaves a trail of blood in the Tularosa Valley. Kerney is put in charge of the investigation and s ...more
Aug 02, 2013 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this rather early edition of the Kevin Kearney series. Lots of good police procedural work and good intertwining of Kearney's personal life. All in all, a very enjoyable story, despite the depravity it ultimately revealed.
Dr T
May 07, 2017 Dr T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book in this series, with a somewhat disturbing reservation. The story is very complex, but our protagonist (Kerney) manages to get it all sorted in the end. The crime is cleverly committed to mask the killer, but the investigation reveals more underlying crimes, complicating the process. Kerney is a likable character with a human side. Nearing retirement, he faces some decisions about the future, and encounters some surprises along the way.
My major reservation with this book is that it d
May 17, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000-reads
Is there a spree killer on the loose? It sure looks like it when six people are killed in a short period of time at various campgrounds in New Mexico. Kevin Kerney, deputy chief of police, isn't so sure that this is the case, however, since the murderer varied the pattern in the last killing by using a silencer and shooting the victim twice. Perhaps the other killings were really a cover-up for the real target, former judge Vernon Langsford, which was a premeditated murder. This seems likely bec ...more
GS Nathan
Quite a good crime story and a good find as far as I am concerned. First time I am reading a novel set in New Mexico. A fairly good crime detection story and as with all such stories it helps that the author is able to bring out the interplay of the characters who do the crime and the characters who find those out. After all, they are different routes to the same end, and I think a story teller succeeds if he or she describes these routes convincingly and in the context of the characters traveli ...more
Dec 14, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, McGarrity rules: I was thinking it was time to try reading a different mode but I made the mistake of reading the first few pages. Good old Detective Kerney: can't resist. I am going through this man's wonderful writings so fast I fear the end of the ride when I run out of his works.

Was delighted to find out that the t.v. show Longmire was based upon his writings: we loved the show, lost it when Net Flix took over. But I got him back with discovering this writer.

Once again, reading t
Oct 07, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Kevin Kearney series.

Kevin Kerney series - On the verge of becoming a millionaire landowner thanks to a family friend's generous bequest, Santa Fe chief of detectives Kerney is thrust into the investigation of a murder spree across southern New Mexico's campgrounds. Assuming that there's a pattern, Kerney and his men probe the inclusion of wealthy, respected Judge Vernon Langsford among the six apparently random shootings. When the Langsford family skeletons begin jumping out of closet
(#5 in the Kevin Kearney series) This was definitely different. It was a fast pace, interesting mystery with interesting character development. Development of Kevin and his life. The story starts out with a killing spree which puts Kearney on the trail of a killer. There were so many twists and turns in this one but McGarrity did a good job keeping it on track.
Very disturbing story line but I did like the personal aspects of Kearney’s life intermingled.
Emily Higgins
May 22, 2015 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Chief Kevin Kerney is in charge of an investigation of the deaths of 6 people in several campgrounds over a matter of hours. The killings have some, but not all of the characteristics of a spree killing. Kevin believes the target was a retired judge and the other killings were to throw off investigators. This is a book that is hard to put down.
Feb 21, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needed a 'quickie' book. A complicated mystery that has me 100 pages into it in one day. Finished quickly and will be looking for more Kevin Kerney books. He is the deputy State Police Chief for the State of New Mexico. Love that part of the country. Not for the book club, but look for the author Michael McGarrity for your next airplane ride.
The book after Hermit's Peak in the Kevin Kerney series set in New Mexico. I really enjoy the twists and turns that Michael McGarrity includes in his books. I also enjoy reading stories set in known locations just as I used to enjoy Tony Hillerman books for the same reason. I'm already reading the next one in the series.
Jun 15, 2008 Terrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terrie by: Bookmarks
Shelves: abandoned
I was willing to continue to give it a chance until the point where he is stopped on tribal land for trespassing, notes that the officer has the same last name as his college girlfriend who abruptly broke up with him, and his companion notes that the guy looks like him. Surprise, turns out to be his son. Just silly.
Mar 13, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 1st McGarrity...characters entriguing and decent plot...reminds me of the Sanford/Logan Minnesota group so far as characters go...plot along the lines of Raymond Chandler...setting ala Tony Hillerman...I will read a 2nd Kevin Kearney novel
A good book, but a little monotonous.
Julie Phelps
A fun read. I especially enjoyed it because it was about the area of the country I grew up in. I made me a little homesick for Texas and New Mexico.
Apr 17, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard Boiled Crime Novel Readers
Typical McGarrity. Tightly plotted. Surprise ending. Good characterizations. Using a screwed up family as the main plot device a little hackneyed.
Mar 27, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent characters and an interesting plot. I am enjoying each new book in the series.
Sally Andrews
Jan 21, 2017 Sally Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read any of Michael McGarrity's books before. I enjoyed this mystery a lot. The characters were well-developed and the story was a good one.
Sep 01, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good psychological police detective.
Sep 21, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great suspenseful writing...
Tom Gorski
Oct 22, 2014 Tom Gorski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual a great story from McGarrity full of New Mexico scenery and lore. The criminal subject matter (pedophilia) was particularity loathsome and this book may not be everyone's cup of tea.
Aug 30, 2013 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael McGarrity did it again. I am loving this
Kevin Kerney series. Maybe the best one out there!
Suspenseful and baffling, this book has it all.
Absolutely awesome!
May 09, 2009 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previously read. Standard McGarrity fare. Worth reading.

Can't say I learned anything from the book.
John Scott
May 11, 2016 John Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book.
Mar 28, 2015 Terrance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book
Feb 27, 2015 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick, police suspense novel
Ryan Mishap
I can't remember why this one disappointed me, but it did. Can't write a good book every time I guess.
Aug 14, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First McGarrity book I've ever read. Very compelling.
Gypsy Lady
Modern lawman mystery set in New Mexico.
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With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, Michael McGarrity turned to writing full time. Many of his novels have been national best sellers. He 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 Law Enforcement Aca ...more
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Kevin Kerney (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Serpent Gate (Kevin Kerney, #3)
  • Hermit's Peak (Kevin Kerney, #4)
  • Under the Color of Law (Kevin Kerney, #6)
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