KEVIN KERNEY has been a cop, a private investigator, a forest ranger and now a police chief, out near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Bur when he was introduced to us in Tularosa (1996), he's definitely a Forest ranger.
Down these mean trails a man must go?
When a man's forest is burned down, he's supposed to do something about it?
Could the series turn out as dopey as it sounded at the time?
Kerney had been chief of detectives in Santa Fe before he was shot up. Gut-shot and lame-legged, he was set to spend his retirement tinkering around his ramshackle house. At least until his ex-partner showed up and dragged him out of retirement in Tularosa. Margaret Cannon of The Globe and Mail said that that book "is so good the slight creaks and groans in the plot deserve to be ignored."
And he got better. For fans of such outdoorsy gumshoes as James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux or Cork O'Connor, there's a similar sense of a wild and untamed land on display here, and plenty of poetry of the hard-boiled kind up for grabs.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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