Under the Color of Law

Under the Color of Law

A Kevin Kerney Novel

Book - 2001
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Michael McGarrity's novels combine taut drama with a high-octane plot and vivid, superbly drawn characters to create one of the most critically acclaimed series in modern mystery fiction. Now, in Under the Color of Law, Kevin Kerney is back in Santa Fe, newly installed as police chief, when a U.S. ambassador's estranged wife is found murdered in her multi-million dollar home. Before he can mount a proper investigation, an FBI antiterrorism team arrives, takes control of the inquiry, and forces Kerney to watch from the sidelines as the crime scene is sanitized, potential witnesses disappear, and the case is cleared with trumped-up evidence. Warned off, put under surveillance, and threatened with reprisals under the rubric of national security, Kerney balks at accepting the whitewash and begins a soft probe that points to a covert intelligence coverup. Convinced that unscrupulous government agents are acting outside the law, Kerney begins his own clandestine hunt for a hard target that will leadhim to the truth about the Terrell homicide, knowing full well he might not survive the chase.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2001
ISBN: 9780525946045
Characteristics: 272 p


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Feb 22, 2020

I agree. Not McGarrity's best. Too much violence and the complicated plot just kind of leads nowhere.

hermlou Feb 26, 2011

Kerney's first duty as Chief of Police is to investigate the fatal stabbing of a wealthy woman. The setting is New Mexico in the winter with its natural beauty. However, a priest is stabbed to death, and many witnesses are murdered. The murdering group has hi-tech tracking devices, so the police have to be furtive in their travel and communications. The plot is somewhat interesting, but the body count is far-fetched. Not McGarrity's best.

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