Dead or Alive



Fans Of Cormac MaCarthy S No Country For Old Men And Tony Hillerman S Navajo County Mysteries Will Find Michael McGarrity S Dead Or Alive A Powerful Story Of The Manhunt For A Deranged Killer In The American Southwest Living In London While His Wife Serves As A Military Attach At The American Embassy, Recently Retired Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney Gets An Early Morning Phone Call That Changes Everything And Sends Him Hurrying Home To His New Mexico Ranch Riley Burke, His Partner In A Horsetraining Enterprise, Has Been Mowed Down On Kerney S Doorstep By An Escaped Prisoner Cutting A Murderous Swath Through New Mexico As The Killings Mount, Kerney Teams Up With His Half Apache Son, Lieutenant Clayton Istee Of The Lincoln County Sheriff S Department, To Hunt For A Psychotic Murderer With A Growing Appetite For Blood, Who Has No Intention To Be Taken AliveDead or Alive

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 Academy.His career in criminal justice spanned over twenty five years and included creating treatment programs for drug offenders, supervising outreach services for at risk juveniles, and re establishing mental health services for the Department of Corrections after the infamous 1980 riot at the New Mexico Penitentiary As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, training and planning supervisor, community relations officer, and was the lead investigator of the sex crimes unit, which he established Additionally, he taught courses at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, served as a caseworker and investigator for the Public Defender s District Office, and conducted investigations for a state government agency In 1980 he was named New Mexico Social Worker of the Year and in 1987 was recognized by the American Legion as Police Officer of the Year In 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor s Award for Excellence in the Arts Literature He is also the 2015 recipient of the Frank Waters Exemplary Literary Achievement Award and the 2015 Santa Fe Mayor s Award for Excellence in the Arts Literature He has been instrumental in establishing the Hillerman McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College, and the N Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Emily Beth Mimi.

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  • Hardcover
  • 287 pages
  • Dead or Alive
  • Michael McGarrity
  • English
  • 13 March 2017
  • 0525950818

10 thoughts on “Dead or Alive

  1. says:

    Dead or Alive by Michael McGarrity is the 12th novel in his series about New Mexican law officer, Kevin Kearney I was first told of these novels by a friend who knew I liked the Navajo mysteries of Tony Hillerman I stared reading the series in the late 1990s The first of the series, Tularosa, was published in 1996, and I liked it quite a bit, so I ve been along for the ride Dead or Alive was published originally in late 2008 and I just now read it First, the bad news is that Kevin Kerney is Dead or Alive by Michael McGarrity is the 12th novel in his series about New Mexican law officer, Kevin Kearney I was first told of these novels by a friend who knew I liked the Navajo mysteries of Tony Hillerman I stared reading the series in the late 1990s The first of the series, Tularosa, was published in 1996, and I liked it quite a bit, so I ve been along for the ride Dead or Alive was published originally in late 2008 and I just now read it First, the bad news is that Kevin Kerney is basically a minor character in this novel He has retired as Chief of the Santa Fe Police Department and is now living in London with his Army wife, Sara, a Colonel and military attach for the US embassy in Great Britain, and their son, Patrick.Kerney returns to New Mexico to help solve the crimes of Craig Larson, a murderer who is accidentally sent to a minimum security prison and escapes before arriving Leaving a swath of death and destruction in his path, he winds up killing Kerney s business partner at Kerney s ranch in his escape This is the only reason Kerney has for returning to help Taking the lead on the investigation is Kerney s Native American son, Clayton Ishtee Kerney and Ishtee work together in finding and bringing Larson to justice.Although the book is readable, I found it not as riveting as previous novels in the series, especially the earlier ones It seems as if McGarrity has run out of steam and or places to take this character In many ways, the son, Clayton Ishtee, is now the main character And that s fine, as long as McGarrity is able to create interesting crimes and scenarios for the character This book just sort of felt worn out And that saddens me I was hoping that it would provide a way for Kerney to return to active duty, but no, at the end, he s headed back to London.McGarrity, himself, seems to support my contention of character exhaustion This book was published in 2008 He has not written another Kerney novel since In fact, his latest novel, Hard Country, published in 2012, isof an epic Western along the lines of Larry McMurty, roughly covering the years 1875 until 1918 Since I do like McMurty, I will buy and read Hard Country in the hopes that it achieves the level of one of McMurty s epics So, in conclusion, Dead or Alive, is only a moderately successful crime novel The reader, although somewhat intrigued in what happens, can t fully invest him or herself into the characters Yes, we see who is evil and who is bad, but so what

  2. says:

    Long time mystery writers seem to trend towards writing thrillers as their series continue This is the worst thing a mystery writer can do Knowing the bad guy right away takes the whodunit fun out of the genre most mystery crime books aren t trying to say anything important or be great literature so the most important aspect is the mystery Take that away and all you have is an adventure or suspense book This one has little suspense A convicted embezzler escapes and then goes on a killing Long time mystery writers seem to trend towards writing thrillers as their series continue This is the worst thing a mystery writer can do Knowing the bad guy right away takes the whodunit fun out of the genre most mystery crime books aren t trying to say anything important or be great literature so the most important aspect is the mystery Take that away and all you have is an adventure or suspense book This one has little suspense A convicted embezzler escapes and then goes on a killing and raping spree No character development, no reason for why he all of a sudden decided to up his crime quotient No mystery, just a manhunt Really bad, and the violence, especially against women, is written from the killer s point of view which makes it creepy and fucked up Not handled well at all For a better example of this genre, check out Scarecrow by Connelly

  3. says:

    Not one of McGarrity s best The plot is a manhunt story You know from the beginning who the bad guy is McGarrity spends a lot of ink showing us just how bad a baddie he is rather too much ink, I thought And the baddie is not very clever the police are always nipping at his heels The excitement doesn t really kick in until the baddie and the cops are stalking each other through the wilderness.

  4. says:

    For me, who is an aficionado of finely created violence McGarrity is way over the top to the point of turning me off I have not read him for some time I enjoyed Tularoosa and several of the early books in the series, but am not sure what the purpose of this volume was It certainly is not intellectually stimulating or socially uplifting The story is not worth discussing here Read if you wish.

  5. says:

    I usually enjoy Michael McGarrity s books, and was glad to see a new one out However, it seems like the murders in this book went beyond what was needed for a good story I get that the villian was really a very, very bad man, but it s like the different murders are just put in to extend the bookhope his next one is back on track with the rest of the series.

  6. says:

    Although I typically thoroughly enjoy this series, I must say I was disappointed with this book Too much senseless killing by the bad guy The author was undoubtedly trying to establish Larson as a psychopath and narcissist, but I thought it was clumsily done and gratuitous Hopefully this was a one off poor effort and not a trend in the series.

  7. says:

    This story is about a serial murderer being chased by the police It has a few well thought out characters and a twin brother who should have been fleshed out , especially at the end when the opportunity is wasted on minor types 7 of 10 stars

  8. says:

    A quick read It could have usedcharacter development.

  9. says:

    Probably a 2.5 effort Very little suspense with just one murder after another until our heroes track him down Ho hum.

  10. says:

    While I love the developing relationship between Kerney Clayton, the killing in this one was over the top for me almost stopped reading So not a favorite Kerney book Have loved others in this series look forward to Residue when released My favorites have bn Tularosa, Hermit s Peak, Under the Color of the Law, The Big Gamble, Death Song, in that order A lot happens in between titles anyway one is always brought up to date, so skipping the crazy killing ones, isn t a big problem And While I love the developing relationship between Kerney Clayton, the killing in this one was over the top for me almost stopped reading So not a favorite Kerney book Have loved others in this series look forward to Residue when released My favorites have bn Tularosa, Hermit s Peak, Under the Color of the Law, The Big Gamble, Death Song, in that order A lot happens in between titles anyway one is always brought up to date, so skipping the crazy killing ones, isn t a big problem And the team collabiration between jurisdictions additional department members seeing them adcance in their careers is well done Overall a great series

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