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Mountainair, New Mexico. The very name conjures up the clean air, the foothills, the gorgeous mountains of the Southwest. Some would say this is God's country. It's also Kevin Kerney's, especially when crimes like rape and cop murder intrude on the outwardly idyllic natural setting. It was opening night of the annual town rodeo six months ago when Patrolman Paul GillespieMountainair, New Mexico. The very name conjures up the clean air, the foothills, the gorgeous mountains of the Southwest. Some would say this is God's country. It's also Kevin Kerney's, especially when crimes like rape and cop murder intrude on the outwardly idyllic natural setting. It was opening night of the annual town rodeo six months ago when Patrolman Paul Gillespie left the calf-roping finals, headed toward the police station, and was killed by person or persons unknown. Nobody much is talking, at least not to Kerney, but Kerney suspects that one man, Robert Cordova, a schizophrenic, saw something that memorable night. Why, for instance, does Cordova seem obsessed with rape, and what about his ramblings on the subject of Serpent Gate? And what roles, if any, should the possibly imaginary Addie and veterinarian Nita Lassiter play in Kerney's investigation?Murder and its aftermath, which are reflected on a small scale in Mountainair, play themselves out against a much glitzier backdrop in upmarket Sante Fe, where priceless art disappears from the governor's offices and a beautiful young woman dies a quick and violent death in a millionaire's mansion. While monitoring Mountainair, Kerney, now deputy chief of the State Police, returns to Santa Fe to take on an old nemesis.Restless, thinking perhaps too often of a woman who is, for him, off-limits, Kerney accepts the challenge. With his love of the land, his knowledge of police tactics and the criminal mind, his raw courage and tenaciousness, Kerney heads toward a showdown with his enemy."Serpent Gate" brilliantly confirms the literary power of one of the most talked-about new voices in the crime-writing arena. Both spellbinding entertainment and a deeply moving portrait of the American Southwest, the novel is sure to win author Michael McGarrity many new fans....

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Number of Pages : 314 Pages
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Serpent Gate Reviews

  • Jim
    2018-12-26 13:29

    "Serpent Gate", is the third Kevin Kerney novel in series coming from author Michael McGarrity. Written in 1998, story picks up from a now retired Kerney who is recovering from a badly damaged knee thanks to his last case. However, his best friend Andy Bacca who is the new Chief of New Mexico's State Police, needs an tough investigator for his first criminal investigation. Someone has cleaned out the Governor of New Mexico's office of art work worth millions. Bacca appoints Kerney as Depty Chief and gives him total control of the investigation. Kerney's appointment as deputy chief really angers the senior officers from the State Police. Deputy Chief is a promotion several notches higher than Kerney's previous rank before forced retirement. Kerney grapples with some very interesting characters. First is Robert Cordova, an escaped mental patient with the likely key to a police officer's murder. Cordova really puts on a show and makes his disdain for cops beyond obvious. Bacca has also insisted that Kerney work with Sergeant Gilbert Martinez as "partners". Martinez very weary of Kerney, unsure about the new politics created within the state police. Kerney also battles familiar foe, Mexican drug and criminal kingpin Enrique DeLeon, and his trusty assassin Carlos Ruiz. Complete with a wild shoot out in a blinding snow storm this story blazes. Author McGarrity's Kevin Kerney character is a throw back to another time. Kerney is similar to some of the cops who came from the old west. Kerney goes by his own rules some times but is always aware of the big picture. I really enjoyed the amazing characters in this book. Michael McGarrity never fails to become a solid story teller. Incredibly difficult to put down, this one seemed to fly by at the speed of light. I was actually bummed when it ended. I'm going to have to find the next Kerney book from author McGarrity. This series is excellent for those who love a good action suspense thriller. I'd highly recommend "Serpent Gate", to anyone who hasn't read Michael McGarrity yet. They are marvelous to get lost into. Don't miss out.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-01-09 09:37

    Former Santa Fe Police Officer Kevin Kerney is brought out of retirement to find the killer of a police officer. A mentally disturbed man and a beautiful vet are involved in the case. Then an art theft occurs from the governor's office. In the investigation Kerney uncovers corruption, money laundering, and murder. This is an interesting read that I had to finish once I started.

  • Chris
    2019-01-02 06:44

    I had never heard of this author until he appeared at our local library. This is book three and it was well written with a good pace for the narrative. Keven Kerney is a compassionate cop who is not above breaking rules and the law in the pursuit of justice. We meet him investigating the death of a police officer in Mountaineer, NM. He quickly solves that crime and is immersed in political intrigue in Santa Fe involving the governor and a nemesis from his past, a Mexican drug lord who is ruthless. Lots of action and changes of scenery as Kerney patrols the state looking for answers to two different crimes. I will have to start at the beginning and read all of these stories. Kerney is the type of cop you want for your boss, a fighter who will have your back.

  • Kevin
    2018-12-21 07:33

    Art thieves and deathVery attractive series based on a lawman in New Mexico and his family. This is part of the series called the Kevin Kerney Novels. This paragraph applies to all books in this series. The story’s are great, but what makes this series stand out is how the country is worked into the story, It’s almost as if you are there. The author is a gifted story teller.Do you need to read this series in order: Yes, it helps a lot. Note that Hard Country and Backlands (and one pending maybe) are the prequels.Triggers: Cops and police situations, there are rapes, homicides, and crime.After receiving a call from the newly appointed chief of the New Mexico State Police, ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney is thrown into an investigation of a small-town cop-killing no one has been able to solve. His only lead: a homeless schizophrenic's ramblings about rape and an uncharted place called Serpent Gate. Meanwhile, back in Santa Fe, priceless art is stolen from the governor's offices and a beautiful young blonde is murdered in a millionaire's mansion. Kerney follows a trail of clues to Mexico, where he faces off against an old nemesis with powerful government connections. Unwilling to back down, Kerney must use all of his tenacity, raw courage, and knowledge of the criminal mind in a bloody showdown that may cost him his life. After receiving a call from the newly appointed chief of the New Mexico State Police, ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney is thrown into an investigation of a small-town cop-killing no one has been able to solve. His only lead: a homeless schizophrenic's ramblings about rape and an uncharted place called Serpent Gate. Meanwhile, back in Santa Fe, priceless art is stolen from the governor's offices and a beautiful young blonde is murdered in a millionaire's mansion. Kerney follows a trail of clues to Mexico, where he faces off against an old nemesis with powerful government connections. Unwilling to back down, Kerney must use all of his tenacity, raw courage, and knowledge of the criminal mind in a bloody showdown that may cost him his life.

  • Al
    2019-01-12 09:23

    Another entertaining novel by Mr McGarrity. I enjoy the way he weaves a tale. His style so far has not become repetitive. He will on occasion remind a reader of a little character history. As long as it is just a reminder it is worth the few lines it takes. I hope he is not like some authors who insult avid readers by retelling histories just to fill pages. Some serial writers do that which is an insult to faithful readers. This is a very interesting series. I look forward to continuing the journey.

  • Jean
    2018-12-26 14:26

    One of a series, engaging protagonist, but many character names to remember for a quick mystery. The best part may be the descriptions of New Mexico.

  • Karen Murphy
    2019-01-07 11:28

    I always enjoy Michael McGarity's books.

  • Cheryl
    2018-12-23 14:18

    I don't know why it took me so long to learn about Michael McGarrity's books, but I can't get enough of Kevin Kearny!

  • John
    2019-01-11 12:31

    First of this series I've read. Got it from Jim Moore at Coppell HS. Hero Kevin Kerney an older police detective. He's assigned to find out who killed a policeman. He does so early in the book with that person intertwined in to an art theft by a drug lord story.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-09 06:24

    This novel might attain status as a classic, much the way some automobiles do, if for no other reason than that it shines a bright light on the Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair, N.M. a famed Estancia Valley architectural, cultural and historic landmark. Sadly, about a dozen years after this book was published, the hotel closed. Like so much that once existed in the vast Estancia Valley, it succumbed to the Great Recession that swept the area as thoroughly as though it was the Dustbowl of the Great Depression decades earlier. People who have fond memories of the old hotel and of Mountainair when it was a thriving community for local artists, ranchers, farmers and real estate professionals, and thus a tourist mecca, will enjoy this book about days now long gone, probably never to return in the near future. The hotel remains for sale, some seven years after it closed. McGarrity births two complex and at times, mysterious, plots that run side by side in this book set primarily in Santa Fe and the Estancia Valley, until they become one. Characters from his earlier book, "Tularosa," show up like bad pennies in this one, still bad, and more determined than ever to kill Kevin Kerney, the main character in this mystery series. Because of them, a Mexican theme also runs through the book, including some locations that were important in "Tularosa." If one hasn't read "Tularosa," "Serpent Gate" will give the reader more complex enjoyment if "Tularosa" is read first.

  • Kellie
    2019-01-18 12:25

    #3 in the Kerney series."After receiving a call from the newly appointed chief of the New Mexico State Police, ex-Santa Fe chief of detectives Kevin Kerney is thrown into an investigation of a small-town cop-killing no one has been able to solve. His only lead: a homeless schizophrenic's ramblings about rape and an uncharted place called Serpent Gate Meanwhile, back in Santa Fe, priceless art is stolen from the governor's offices and a beautiful young blonde is murdered in a millionaire's mansion. Kerney follows a trail of clues to Mexico, where he faces off against an old nemesis with powerful government connections. Unwilling to back down, Kerney must use all of his tenacity, raw courage, and knowledge of the criminal mind in a bloody showdown that may cost him his life."Pretty good one. They are getting better.

  • Ed
    2019-01-03 10:28

    #3 in the Kevin Kearney series.Kevin Kerney series - Retired New Mexico cop Kevin Kerney is hired by his friend Andy Baca, now New Mexico State Police Chief, to investigate the murder of Paul Gillespie, a patrolman in the town of Mountainair. Kerney's persistence and seasoned intuition help him follow the convoluted ranting of his only lead, homeless schizophrenic Robert Cordova, about rape and a place called Serpent Gate to a difficult conclusion. When the governor's offices are robbed of $8 million worth of art, Baca appoints Kerney deputy chief and assigns him the case. We know already that Mexican drug lord Enrique DeLeon, Kerney's nemesis, masterminded the theft. His accomplice, a Santa Fe businessman, launders the money through investments in elite real estate development. The governor's nephew and his law partner are also involved.

  • Vickie
    2019-01-17 13:40

    SERPENT GATE is the third in this series. Kevin Kerney is called in to investigate an art theft at the Governor's office in Santa Fe and the murder of the curator in charge of the collection. Kearney is currently investigating the killing of a small town not much loved police officer not far down the road, so he investigates all. Kearney keeps his cool under the scrutiny of the governor of New Mexico and the cops who feel passed over when Kerney is selected to head up the art theft investigation. I think that's what I admire about the Kerney and I like how McGarrity writes the various characters. George Guidall is the perfect narrator for the series. I plan to listen to this whole series and hopefully in order...Five 'I do love this series' beans......

  • Frederick Bingham
    2018-12-24 08:44

    I listened to the audio cassette on our trip to and from Asheville. This is a mystery. The detective is a man named Kevin Kerney, who is on the New Mexico State Police. The story is set in Santa Fe and in a small town called Montain Air. There are two parts of the plot. In one, a police officer in Mountain Air was killed several months earlier. A mental patient seems to know who did it and why, and Kerney has to get him to talk. The other part of the story is an art theft. Someone steals a big bunch of very valuable paintings and artworks from the Governor's office in Santa Fe. Kerney is given the job of figuring out who did it. He eventually implicates an evil Mexican drug lord.Pulp detective fiction, but it made nice long car drive listening.

  • LeeAnne
    2018-12-23 06:36

    Yes, I'm on a McGarrity kick. This is the third book in this series that I have read in as many weeks and in my opinion, McGarrity just gets better. This book was especially fun for me to read because so much of it takes place in Santa Fe, a city that I know and love quite well. It's fun to be able to envision Kerney striding across the plaza to La Fonda with fat snowflakes falling out of a leaden sky. I've done the very same thing myself. While this series isn't great literature, it IS great diversion. I definitely recommend this series.

  • Bob
    2018-12-29 12:43

    Kevin Kerney is back in the State Police to solve the theft of expensive art work from the Governors’ office while also trying so track down the killer of a small town police officer. The art case leads him up against and old enemy, a top Mexican Drug dealer and puts him in the sights of assassins before the case is closed. Good quick moving yarn that kept me going till I finished in one night.

  • K
    2019-01-10 08:47

    This is one of the earlier works in the Kevin Kearney series, and it's a corker filled with action and a rapidly moving plot line. A very enjoyable read that feels a bit like a movie. The only downside is that the bad guys are a bit too stereotypical, but I like this author and his protagonist, so I'll forgive this and keep on enjoying this series.

  • Sherron L Pace
    2019-01-06 07:38

    Serpent GateThis story kept my interest and didn't drag. It is very well written and exciting. This story leads into the next having you wonder if the bad guy will continue to work on killing Kerney.I love the cold and snow of the blizzard. The splatter of the blood the excitement of the hunt.Very much enjoy Michael McCarrity's writing great book

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2019-01-14 09:19

    This is #3 in a series featuring Kevin Kerney, an investigator for the New Mexico State Police. I read this about six years ago and don't remember details, but I had noted that it was a good story, about a small-town cop-killing and a multimillion-dollar art theft from the governor's office. I have also read the first in the series, TULAROSA.

  • Emily Higgins
    2019-01-03 08:34

    Newly appointed as Assistant Chief of the New Mexico State Police, Kevin Kerney is working on solving the killing of a policeman when he is brought in to the investigation of the theft of valuable art from the Office of the Governor. The investigation leads to a criminal who feels he has a score to settle with Kerney and he will stop at nothing to settle it. Good story.

  • Tom Ferguson
    2018-12-24 08:36

    A fun, quick read with enough action and lots of local color. I like the way McGarrity reintroduces bad guys from his previous Kevin Kerney detective stories - and some of these thugs are truly scary dudes. Staying in Santa Fe while reading this series adds a feeling that the characters are just outside my door. I'm anxious to start the next Kevin Kerney story.

  • Sherry
    2018-12-28 07:48

    Next book in the Kevin Kerney group. Good story using some new and some previous characters. He’s back to being a State Policeman in Santa Fe and dealing with dirty cops; the governor and other people in collusion with the Mexican drug lord.

  • Terry
    2019-01-08 14:27

    I had to give this book five stars. There was simplyno dull spots or lulls at all. I enjoyed how the authorwent back and forth between the two cases in the story.Really impressed with Michael McGarrity!

  • Rodger
    2018-12-31 07:43

    McGarrity #3. This one set in Mountainair and Torrance County. He never mentions Moriarty though he is often having his main character on the road between Mountainair and Santa Fe. I marked it a four, the ending was not as good.

  • Ed
    2018-12-18 10:44

    Review to follow.

  • Carol
    2018-12-19 08:21

    Takes place in SW New Mexico. Series with same character. Light mystery

  • ~mad
    2018-12-23 14:22

    They are just getting better and better as I get to know the characters.

  • Delany
    2018-12-21 14:38

    Not nearly as good as the first two in this series.

  • Al Stoess
    2018-12-27 07:45

    McGarrity does a good job. A good police procedural with even loss of the good guys.I probably read this before as I recognize some parts.

  • Jjpierce
    2018-12-26 08:45

    I love Kevin's revenge on the Mexican drug lord!