Art and Cultural Goings-On in Taos and Northern New Mexico

November 10, 2018

Book Signing: Michael McGarrity

Taos: op.cit. Books of Taos, Bent St., 2-3:30pm
Book Signing: Michael McGarrity

BOOK SIGNING: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
MICHAEL McGARRITY, RESIDUE
op. cit. books Taos, 124A Bent St, Taos, NM 575-751-1999

Michael McGarrity will be discussing and signing his latest novel, Residue, at op. cit. books Taos on Saturday, November 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. In Residue former police chief Kevin Kerney returns—this time as the prime suspect in a brutal cold-case murder investigation. A long-unsolved missing person case becomes a homicide investigation when the bones of Kim Ward are unearthed in Las Cruces 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 with 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.

Michael McGarrity, a New Mexico author and former law enforcement officer, has written over a dozen crime novels about New Mexico featuring protagonist, Kevin Kerney. He also wrote the American West Trilogy, which captures the Kerney family saga as it steps brilliantly into the mid-twentieth-century world of the new American West.

McGarrity has been nominated for various awards, including two nominations for the Western Writers of American Spur Award for Best Western Novel. In 2004, he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts – Literature. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and psychology, and a master's degree in clinical social work. With over twenty-five years of experience in criminal justice, he has been an investigator and caseworker for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office, worked for the New Mexico Corrections Department after the 1980 riot, and has taught at several colleges, universities and the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. As deputy sheriff of Santa Fe County he founded their Sex Crime unit. In 1996, he turned to writing full-time with the publication of his critically acclaimed debut novel, Tularosa. He currently lives near Santa Fe.

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