Head wounds / Michael McGarrity.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Detective Clayton Istee investigates New Mexico borderland killings by an elusive Mexican assassin with ties to a drug cartel. In Michael McGarrity's final, propulsive Kevin Kerney novel, the nightmare of the Mexican drug wars spills across the border with the discovery of a couple in a Las Cruces hotel, scalped with their throats cut. Because of the unusual MO, Detective Clayton Istee suspects that the murders are drug related, but a lack of evidence stalls his investigation. Turning to the victims for a possible motive, he learns that two years ago the couple had stolen $200,000 from a nearby casino, then disappeared. When his efforts to uncover why they'd unexpectedly returned fail to generate any leads, he resists letting the case go cold. Approached by a seasoned DEA agent working undercover to seize the assassin, Clayton is thrust into the Mexican underworld of police corruption, narcotrafficking, money laundering, and dirty federal officials on both sides of the Rio Grande. What unravels culminates in a ferocious climax that is sure to stun"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
    • ISBN:
      9781324002857
      1324002859
    • Accession Number:
      2020019555
    • Accession Number:
      on1152352744
      1152352744
    • Accession Number:
      fay.722627

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1

This fourteenth installment concludes McGarrity's Kevin Kerney series, which began in 1996 with Tularosa. The focus of the novels has changed lately from Kerney, the now-retired Santa Fe chief of police, to his son, Clayton Istee, also a New Mexico cop. The transition from father to son is complete now, with Kerney taking only a cameo role and Istee investigating two brutal murders, with scalpings, that lead him into the heart of the borderland drug underworld. Like Kerney, Istee is torn between family and the thrill of the hunt, which finds him, along with a DEA investigator, tracking a Native American called El Jefe, who works as the top assassin for a Mexican cartel. Gradually, hunter and hunted come to have a grudging respect for one another, with Istee finding common ground between his Mescalero Apache heritage and El Jefe's Kickapoo lineage. McGarrity's series has always contained elements of noir, procedural investigation, and domestic drama, but here the color palette is more dark than light, as a confrontation looms between two men who would prefer to find a separate peace. A stirring conclusion to a fine series. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.