THE BIG GAMBLE by MICHAEL MCGARRITY
When a fire in an abandoned fruit stand in rural Lincoln
County reveals the murdered body of a woman gone missing
from Santa Fe years ago, Police Chief Kevin Kerney finds
himself cooperating with his estranged son, a man he hardly
knows, Deputy Sheriff Clayton Istee. While Kerney digs into
the woman's past, hoping to find clues that will lead to a
credible suspect, Clayton must unravel two more homicides
that seem on the surface totally unrelated.
As Kerney chases down clues that raise questions about the
legitimacy of a highly regarded modeling and talent agency,
Clayton works to discover the identity of a murder suspect
alleged to have ties to prostitution and illegal gambling.
Set against the backdrop of the high mountains of southern
New Mexico, where gambling is big business and private
sexual encounters for VIPs can discreetly be arranged,
Kerney and Clayton must go up against rich and politically
powerful opponents who are willing to protect their
reputations at all costs.
The Big Gamble is a multilayered, adrenaline-pumped novel
of crime and punishment set against the beauty and pristine
majesty of one of our country's most magnificent landscapes-
and a solid addition to a series that continues to gain
legions of devoted readers.
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