Dear Michael McGarrity,
I really like your Kevin Kerney series. I just finished the last two books, DEATH SONG and DEAD OR ALIVE. I wish I could say I finished the latest in the series, but as you know DEAD OR ALIVE, was published in 2009. Eight years is a long time to wait for another Kevin Kerney book. I know the Kerney Family prequels exists, but for right now I have to say they are not the same thing.
It is sort of in the nature for the reader to want a series to go on and on. I wonder if the author has other thoughts. When I attend author signings the one question I want to ask again and again is: "How will it end?" Recently I have had to confront the juxtaposition of the 'end we want' versus the 'end we get'. And although a fundamental part of me is desperate for the end I want, it is in fact the ending that we get that holds more value to me.The ending that we did not consider has the ability to teach us something about ourselves...as long as we are will willing to listen to that message.
I am blathering here. I just wanted to write that I appreciated your presentation of a group of men and women in their pursuit of justice and the professionalism that they, and you, brought to crime fighting and crime fiction. I also wanted to tell you that your descriptions of New Mexico were a highlight. I always got a true sense of the vistas of New Mexico as a living, breathing entity. And I am sure the Kerney Family prequels will hold many delights when I do read them. So thank you. I loved those books, and I'll miss Sheriff Kerney, Lt. Clayton Istee, Col. Sara Brannon, and all the rest. I wish them well in their journey through this world. I wish the same to you. I look forward to seeing you down the trail.
The Hungry Detective
p.s. I am reading the latest Michael Connelly now, THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE. He also knows how to write cops with an unerring sense of justice.
[Editors Note: I did a little backtracking on Mr. McGarrity. Check spelling, publications dates, etc. He is knee deep into writing his next book RESIDUE. I actually knew this, I read his blog a couple weeks ago. What I did not know until I did a Google search of the title and author is that RESIDUE will be the thirteen book in the Kevin Kerney series. I could have updated the above to include this information, but choose to let it be.]