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Bestseller Johnson (A Serpent&'s Tooth) delivers a nail-biter with this seasonal Walt Longmire novella. On a snowy Christmas Eve, while reading A Christmas Carol, the Wyoming sheriff receives an unexpected visitor: a part-Japanese young woman who says she needs to see Walt&'s predecessor as sheriff, Lucian Connally, a WWII vet who flew in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in 1942 and is now in a rest home. Flashback to December 24, 1988. A girl seriously injured in a traffic accident has to get to Denver fast for treatment, but a blizzard makes flying her there hazardous. Furthermore, the only plane available is an antique B-25, named Steamboat after the bucking bronco on Wyoming&'s license plate, and the only pilot who can fly Steamboat is Lucian. Soon, the two lawmen, their team, and the patient are aloft, fighting the weather and a host of mechanical problems. While the outcome is never in doubt, the woman&'s meeting with Lucian in the present day holds more than one surprise. 5-city author tour. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (Oct.)
Set on Christmas Eve—a strong clue that it started life as one of the author’s annual holiday short stories—this entertaining novella offers the earliest glimpse yet of Walt Longmire’s tenure as sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County. Longmire is reading Dickens in his office when an unexpected visitor arrives bearing a mysterious gift, triggering memories of an eventful night long past . . . when, with a huge storm blowing in and the highways closed, the only way to transport a burn victim to the hospital in Denver was via a WWII bomber gathering dust in the hangar of Durant’s tiny airport. The only person who could fly it? Lucian Connally, Longmire’s crusty predecessor. Johnson is a born storyteller, and he spins this old-fashioned adventure tale deftly: everything that can go wrong does, and problems are solved by men who set their jaws and do what needs to be done. As always with these detours, it’s fun to see the characters’ histories come to life. An extremely pleasant present for fans of this popular series. --Keir GraffSee all Editorial Reviews
When you enjoy this series, you cannot after reading all these books, even remotely be objective. So there, just like everything Craig Johnson writes, I'm in. There you have it. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Pookie
Authentic stylistic read! Couldn't put it down, it was like reading about my home town!Published 20 days ago by piper
Nice short story. As always I want the book to last longer. Craig Johnson keeps your interest from the first to the last page. I can't wait for the next book.Published 21 days ago by Donna Davis
Anything and everything that Craig Johnson writes is superb! His series, Longmire, continues on Netflix starting September 10th! Great show to go along with his great books!Published 27 days ago by Laurie Hamilton