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Tularosa--the place of reddish willows in Spanish--holds the key to Kevin Kerney's past and his future. Ex-chief of detectives in the Santa Fe Police Department, shoved into early retirement by a shot-up leg, Kerney is fresher in body and mind than he realizes when Navajo Indian Terry Yazzi, his ex-partner and the man responsible for his injuries, asks him to locate his son, reported AWOL from the high-security White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.

To find Sammy Yazzi, Kerney must track clues that lead deep into the histories of the region-Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo-and, compellingly, into his own family's ranching past. And he must deal with the complicated feelings triggered by the officer in charge of the army's own investigation, Captain Sara Brannon, a fiery young officer as formidable as she is attractive. As Sammy's trail spirals into a web of murder, treason, and the smuggling of priceless artifacts, Kerney and Brannon travel an accelerating arc across the New Mexico scene--from the boutique-ridden plaza of Santa Fe, through the sharp-edged beauty of the high desert, to bordertown gambling dens--to a final confrontation in which, both wounded and at risk, they must fight for their lives and for each other against opponents who hold all the cards.

Tularosa begins a series featuring Kevin Kerney. In each book Kerney investigates a mystery in today's New Mexico with roots in the rich history of this fascinating region.

Author: Michael McGarrity
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 04/01/1996
Pages: 306
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.46lbs
Size: 9.50h x 6.34w x 1.15d
ISBN: 9780393039221
Award: Anthony Awards - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/1995 pg. 80
Publishers Weekly 04/08/1996 pg. 59
Booklist 03/15/1996 pg. 1243
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/1996 pg. 263
School Library Journal 01/01/1997 pg. 140
Booklist 05/01/2000 pg. 1595
Library Journal 12/01/1995

About the Author
McGarrity, Michael: - Michael McGarrity is the author of the nationally best-selling Kevin Kerney crime novels and American West Trilogy historical novels. A former psychotherapist and deputy sheriff, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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