Under the Color of the Law by Michael McGarrity

Michael McGarrity's former careers as a deputy sheriff and trained psychotherapist give him insight while he writes his Kevin Kerney series.

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Under the Color of the Law by Michael McGarrity


  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.09 x 6.80 x 4.24
  • Publisher: Onyx Books; (July 2, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0451410440

    From Library Journal
    This entry in McGarrity's well-realized Kevin Kerney series (following Judas Judge) features a strong, likable protagonist who is now, after holding a variety of law enforcement assignments, Santa Fe's new police chief. As in all of McGarrity's books, the New Mexico setting, this time primarily within the city of Santa Fe, is as much a presence as the supporting characters, who are all intriguing and believable. It all begins with the murder of the estranged wife of an ...
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    Reader Reviews
    Colorful characters and a new direction, July 29, 2003 Reviewer: Jayson Olson from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA When I finished this novel from Michael McGarrity in the continuing saga of detective Kevin Kerney, it tooks me a few days to formulate how to write this review. All of it was positive and I couldn't be happier with the novel, however, I didn?t know what angle to expound on that hasn't been discussed so many times about his prior novels. Then it dawned on me. It was a departure from the norm of these novels. Certain loose ends were tied up once and for all, the ending wasn't what one would expect...that is, it wasn't neat and tidy. Also Kerney has progressed quite a bit, and author McGarrity introduced new ideas that surely will breathe life into the main character and makes for many sequels down the road. But most importantly was the introduction of many new characters. While this was and still is a Kevin Kerney novel, McGarrity debuts several new characters in this installment, and I was surprised how fleshed out they all became. In some aspects this just wasn't a Kerney novel. Two other detectives come into their own and a good deal of written word was on the following of their exploits. It was like reading the same novel from 3 different and varying perspectives which was quite unique. Only at the end was it clear they were all after a common goal, and it was done brilliantly. Again, the ending was a nice change. The CIA and a covert black-op organization aren't always fighting for good, or are they? The events that unfold force the reader to constantly re-evaluate the 'color' of law, and even though this novel takes place in New Mexico...events taken place here will shape how US policy effects other regions and Kerney's decisions he will never know what ball he sets in motion. Great read!

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