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Publisher's Summary

Given a chance to salvage his law enforcement career, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Detective Clayton Istee catches a bizarre late-night double homicide at a Las Cruces hotel. Both victims, a man and a woman, have been scalped with their throats cut. 

The murders show all the signs of a signature hit, but national and state crime databases reveal no similar profiles. Digging into the victims’ backgrounds, Clayton discovers that six months prior the couple had walked out of a nearby casino with $200,000 of a high-stakes gambler’s money. 

He also learns the crime had been hushed up by an undercover federal DEA agent, who resurfaces and recruits Clayton for a dangerous mission to seize the Mexican drug lord responsible for the killings. 

Thrust into the nightmare world of borderland drug wars and corrupt cops, Clayton duels with a cunning assassin poised to kill him and his family in a ferocious climax to the Kevin Kerney series that is sure to stun.

©2020 Michael McGarrity (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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narrator might as well have been reading a recipe

I have enjoyed all of McGarrity's books set in the southwest- his Kevin Kerney series and his trilogy. However, the narration on Head Wounds was so deadpan and lacking in transitions between characters that the impact of the story was badly damaged.

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Poor narration saved only by the great story

I've read or listened to every one of Michael Mcgarrity's books. I've thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I try not to get too attached to a single narrator, and I work hard not to judge a new narrator too harshly who has big shoes to fill when he or she takes over from another. That said, it was a struggle to get through this audiobook. From poor voice acting that made it very hard at times, to follow dialog; to a near complete lack of attention to tempo and voicing as scenes changed - which made it very difficult to realize that we had jumped from one scene to another; to an occasional disregard for the audible use of the comma, this audiobook was rough. Obviously, there is no way as listeners for us to know if this is a problem in production/direction, or if it is a failure of the narrator. I hope McGarrity's next book is given a better production. They all deserve it.

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Very disappointing

I’ve listened to every McGarrity book and have enjoyed them all until now. The thin plot was given no help from a lackluster reading.

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Bad performance, hard to follow this story..

Not really a Kevin Kearny book...all the characters get muddled, terrible reader. Can’t recommend this book.

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Narrator George Newbern did the best he could!

Author Michael McGarrity has been one of my favorite authors for YEARS! 👍 This book is a large disappointment! I've read Many of Mr. McGarrity's books and thoroughly enjoyed every one, until now. I found Head Wounds difficult to comprehend! Perhaps my attention was distracted during a key chapter... I will take blame for doing my barn chores, (the same chores I do everyday) while reading this book. However if there was a key point that I missed that would have made this book more understandable, I'd love to know where it is!

I'm going to read this book again in the hopes that my lost information will become evident, thereby allowing me to better appreciate this book!

If it becomes more clear to me, I'll revise this review.

The confusion in my mind is centered around the drug lord. Where he fits into Clayton Ishtee's (sp) life and how and why Clayton needed to confront him is list to me. The final killing in this book left me lost as well. I expect a follow up book will clarify SOME of the things that disoriented me, or rather, I pray that's the case!

Eagerly awaiting the next book...

Bill

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This is a good story, poorly told

This is a great series and all of the other books have been well produced with good narration. This book has a great overall story line, but it sounded like it was written by a committee and read like it was a phone menu. I can only say I think that McGarrity was let down by his publishers. This is said to be the climax of the Kevin Kearney series, if so, I only can guess that the author was not able to quality control the production of this novel You will see nothing new about the Kearney family or the isti family in this book and it just doesn't sound like it was finished... Feedback for Mr. Newborn; listen to George Guidall and study his methods. You have the voice for it, but you are so flat it hurts the storyline.

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McGarrity in Fine Form

I love everything about this book. Characters. Relevant plot. And the hook leaving us on the edge of our seats wanting more. We’ll done Mr. McGarrity.

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New Michael McGarrity book

I don’t like to review books, I’m not an author and know it is hard creative work. I’ve been a fan of McGarrity’s books since the first book he wrote. A native New Mexican, Santa Fe high school grad I have lived all over the world, so reading his books is like reading about home. The characters, ranching life, military background echo much of my experience. The audio actor on this book was disappointing, he sounded like he is reading a bedtime story for kids. Inflection, expression, statement breaks were disappointing and for me, fell short of the weight and importance of the characters’ actions and personalities. I was expecting to hear George Guiddal, but not so. That said, George Newbern’s narration gained in technique, style, appropriate expression to the writing over the last few chapters and carried the active complicated story better than the first two-thirds of the book. I won’t, however, be skipping any future books.

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Let’s get a better narrator for the next book

The plot was well written. The story was good with believable dialogue. Overall I enjoyed the story, would have given it a better rating except for the narration. There was no difference in tone from character to character, the narrator sounded almost exactly the same with each character. That was my only real problem with this book.

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Sad end to great series

I have loved the majority of this series but the last 2 books (including this one) disappointed and this one really left me dissatisfied. I’m going to read the prequel next & hope to enjoy learning how the Kerney family came to NM.