Seventeen books into the series and Stephanie still hasn't made up her mind?
We get the normal dose of quirky, and a little too-over-the-top, FTA caseSeventeen books into the series and Stephanie still hasn't made up her mind?
We get the normal dose of quirky, and a little too-over-the-top, FTA cases that lead Stephanie and Lula on a wild goose, or in this case, dancing bear chase. The bond's business is being run out of Mooner's rv as dead bodies are discovered in the burnt out ruins of their previous location, and Morelli's grandmother has given Stephanie the evil eye. Combine that with multiple threats of revenge, plenty of take-out, shopping sprees, male testosterone, a new man that's willing to cook, and a dash of humor --
What's a girl to do?
It's a bit of a slow start, but like a train wreck you can't stop watching. The pacing and laughter picks up in the middle of the book and even though you know what's coming, you have to keep reading. Not as disappointing as sixteen, and yet the big question remains unresolved. Will Stephanie pick Morelli or Ranger? I know who's got my vote, but how much longer are readers willing to wait?...more
Complex characters, plotting, and an eye for the darker side of human nature but never leaving us without hope. This is what I would classify as the nComplex characters, plotting, and an eye for the darker side of human nature but never leaving us without hope. This is what I would classify as the nitty-gritty bits of society....more
The third offering in the Kevin Kerney series, begins with Kerney following dead-end leads in an attempt to discover tSerpent Gate – Michael McGarrity
The third offering in the Kevin Kerney series, begins with Kerney following dead-end leads in an attempt to discover the murderer of a patrolman, Paul Gillespie. His last hope is the testimony of one Robert Cordova, a man considered by most to be unreliable, crazy, and somewhat psychotic. Kerney finds Robert pacing in front of a gate adorned with the likeness of a serpents head, thumbs pressed into his ears and muttering to himself. Displaying empathy and kindness towards the vagrant, Kerney soon discovers there are a few hidden secrets in Robert's past that include his foster sister and her daughter.
Uncovering the perpetrator early on, and narrowly thwarting a suicide attempt, leaves the reader wondering what else is in store for Kerney as three-quarters of the book remains.
Remaining solidly in the background this storyline continues throughout the book, giving the reader a deeper understanding of what drives and motivates Kerney. He isn't only out to catch the bad guy, but to bring the investigations to a conclusion using all the information he obtains, whether a help or hindrance to the lawyers.
This thoroughness serves him well as his employer Andy Baca, chief of the state police, promotes Kerney to his deputy chief, as someone to trust and cover his back. Soon he's recruited into tracking down the thieves who ripped off the Governor's Office art collection.
With the death of another officer, during a suspicious traffic stop, McGarrity begins to wind the clock on the art theft and soon the reader is caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Kerney on the tail of his old nemesis Enrique Deleon and Carlos Ruiz. As events unfold, McGarrity cleverly intertwines the close play between characters and leaves the reader biting their nails hoping the good guys see what they are seeing.
More than once I wanted to shout instructions to the good guys and had to be content with the idea, all would be revealed in time.
McGarrity does a superb job of creating believable characters and offering realistic actions for their motives. Great procedural too, but the part I like the best is he has given his main protagonist, Kevin Kerney, heart. Other characters have pointed out more than once in the three books I've read, Kerney isn't 'like the rest', he's a man true to himself, his beliefs, and is willing to stand up for the gray areas in life if need be....more