Under the Color of Law

Under the Color of Law

A Kevin Kearney Novel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Before newly installed police chief Kevin Kerney can discover who murdered a U.S. ambassador's estranged wife, the FBI takes over the investigation, and soon witnesses vanish and the case is neatly solved, but Kerney is convinced that he is in the midst of an intelligence cover-up riddled with devious government agents and must race against time to uncover the truth. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In Under the Color of Law, Kevin Kerny is back in Santa Fe, newly installed as police chief, when a U.S. ambassador's estranged wife is found murdered in her multimillion-dollar home. Before he can mount a proper investigation, an FBI anti-terrorism 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 cover-up with tendrils stretching from every known government spy shop and running deep into the South American jungles.
Convinced that unscrupulous government agents are acting illegally under the color of the law, Kerney begins his own clandestine hunt for a hard target that will lead him to the truth about the Terrell homicide, knowing full well he might not survive the chase.

Baker
& Taylor

Before police chief Kevin Kerney can discover who murdered a U.S. ambassador's estranged wife, the FBI takes over the investigation and the case is neatly solved, but Kerney is convinced that he is in the midst of an intelligence cover-up.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780525946045
0525946047
Branch Call Number: Mystery McGarrity
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 24 cm

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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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