Michael McGarrity, author, "The Last Ranch, "Hard Country""

Air Dates: June 25-27, 2016

This Week: MICHAEL MCGARRITY, Award-Winning Author          New Book: "The Last Ranch"          The Final Book In The N.Y. Times Bestselling                                “American West” Trilogy              --- Based in New Mexico -– 1875 – Present ---

QUOTES:“An expansive lyrical period Western....Savor this one – they don't make cowboy epics like this anymore.”-- Hampton Sides, author of “Blood and Thunder”

“A great and true American novel of the West with immense power and sweep. It is an unforgettable book.” --- Regarding “Hard Country”-- Doug Preston, author of “Cities of Gold” & “The Monster of Florence”

June 23, 2016 -- This week’s guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is New York Times bestselling author Michael McGarrity discussing his new book "The Last Ranch," the final book of his American West trilogy. "Hard Country," "Backlands," and "The Last Ranch" form a sweeping trilogy tracing the Kerney family's history in New Mexico from 1875 to the present.

McGarrity, a former law enforcement officer, has written a dozen crime-suspense novels about New Mexico. McGarrity's western novels written before 2010, take place in modern New Mexico, most with law enforcement officer Kevin Kerney as the protagonist. The settings are vividly evoked and range from the Tularosa Basin and Lincoln County to Hermit's Peak. although many take place in Santa Fe.

Among the awards McGarrity has received are the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Frank Waters Exemplary Literary Achievement Award, and the Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.