Hermit's Peak : Kevin Kerney

  • by Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by J. Ed Araiza
  • Series: Kevin Kerney
  • 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When an old family friend leaves Kevin Kerney 6400 acres of high country land outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, the last thing Kerney wants to think about is police work, taking a rare weekend off from his job as deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police, Kerney sets out to explore the land, a rugged mesa in the shadow of Hermit's Peak. Before Kenny can get very far, he comes upon an ailing stray dog with a woman's running shoe in his mouth. The dog leads him to the butchered bones of a murder victim, and Kerney finds he's inherited a homicide along with the ranch. Determined not to see his weekend ruined, Kerney turns the investigation over to the state police district office and continues his survey of his windfall inheritance, only to find that the timber thieves have clear-cut a great swath of woodland in a remote canyon.Unsure of whether he can pay the inheritance taxes, hold on to his land, and realize his dream to ranch again, Kerney returns to Santa Fe. There, he finds that Sara Brannon - a woman he cares deeply about - has arrived to visit him. As Kerney and Sara begin trying to sort out a relationship that means more to both of them than either is willing to admit, Kerney is called back to Hermit's Peak. Another murder victim has been found at a remote cabin next to Kerney's property, and he is soon engaged in a race against time to solve two murders and avert another.

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Human Side of a Tough Business

After 25 years in law enforcement I was not interested in detective, mystery, or who-done-it books as lacking realism of the business until I was introduced to Patricia Cromwell, Tony Hillerman, Dana Stabenow, and Jonathan Kellerman. I now am a voracious and critical reader looking for accuracy, detail, and insight into the people in stories. Five stars doesn't seem to adequately rank the intensity and humanity Michael McGarrity has penned into this story - the insight of the individual triumphs and dispair of the characters interwoven with the grandeur of the Southwest, portrayed in the Hermit Peak Region of New Mexico, places this volume equally amongst the best of the authors previously mentioned. I sincerely hope we will soon see another such work by this talented author among the Audible Selections.
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- Bear

Good Story TERRIBLE Narator

What disappointed you about Hermit's Peak?

The narrator stinks and it is abridged. Also the long silent pauses between chapters are very annoying.


What didn’t you like about J. Ed Araiza’s performance?

The tone and cadence of the narration was all wrong. Maybe I just got use to George Guidall. But I did not like Araiza's style.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

As always Mcgaritys work is great. This story really starts to pull together several backstories.


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- Bob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio