Cover image for Residue / Michael McGarrity.
Residue / Michael McGarrity.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]

Physical Description:
371 pages ; 25 cm


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MCG Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction
MCG Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction

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Against the backdrop of the harsh desert and high mountain country of southwestern New Mexico, a high-octane quest for the truth untangles a complex history of dark family secrets, cold-blooded murders, rogue cops, a devastating plane crash, and the possibility of one family's reconciliation.A long-unsolved missing person case becomes a homicide investigation when the bones of Kim Ward are unearthed in Las Cruces, New Mexico, forty-five years after her disappearance. Compelling forensic and anecdotal evidence quickly shifts suspicion to Ward's old college boyfriend: former Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney.With damning evidence against him compiled by his own son, New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Clayton Istee, Kerney is arrested. He has no alibi and not a single witness to speak for him. Under intense media scrutiny and 24/7 police surveillance, Kerney must rely solely on the help of his wife, Sara, and a renowned criminal defense lawyer to discover if there are any remaining clues that can exonerate him or lead to the killer.As the trio begin to reconstruct the events leading to Ward's murder, Istee reexamines his suspicions about Kerney's guilt and decides to risk everything to help prove his father's innocence. Working together to identify one person who can clear Kerney's name and expose the killer, the four soon discover that Ward's murder isn't the only crime to be solved.

Author Notes

Michael McGarrity is a former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County, he established the first Sex Crimes Unit. He also served as an instructor at the new Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and as an investigator for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office. He lives in Santa Fe.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Multiple plot contrivances mar bestseller McGarrity's 13th mystery featuring former police chief Kevin Kerney (after 2008's Dead or Alive). Kevin is looking forward to celebrating his wife Sara Brannon's retirement from the U.S. Army when he gets a call from Isabel Istee-the mother of his New Mexico state policeman son, Clayton-who informs him that he's about to be arrested for murder. Flash back eight days to a groundbreaking ceremony for an artist-in-residence center, whose attendees include Clayton, the Spanish ambassador to the U.S., and the New Mexico governor. To the horror of those assembled, the backhoe unearths a human skeleton, subsequently identified as belonging to Kim Ward, a college friend of Kevin's who spent the night with him on the property back in 1973. The discovery of a gun near the remains matching one that Kevin reported missing two days after he spent time with Kim strengthens the case against him. The search for Kim's murderer lacks suspense, and readers without prior investment in the characters and their interpersonal dynamics aren't likely to be captivated by them. Agent: Marcy Posner, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.