- Series: A Longmire Mystery
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143108182
- ISBN-13: 978-0143108184
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,175 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dry Bones: A Longmire Mystery Paperback – April 26, 2016
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“Fast-paced [and] entertaining . . . Johnson, as usual, offers colorful glimpses of Wyoming history and its physical features. Johnson is able to make the landscape itself at least as fascinating as the slightly off-kilter, and sometimes murderous, folks that inhabit Walt’s universe.”
“An especially good tale . . . If you are not familiar with Longmire, you might want to meet him. If you know him, don’t miss his latest case.”
—Charleston Post & Courier
“Yet another classic Craig Johnson mystery.”
“The [Longmire] series continues to be fresh and innovative. In Dry Bones, Johnson accomplishes this through a ‘sixty-five-million-year-old cold case’ with current social and political implications, as well as via vibrantly complex characters. Devoted series fans won't feel a sense of déjà vu in Dry Bones, but they will easily identify Johnson's tendency toward innovative imagery (‘my brain felt like it was bouncing around like a sneaker inside a washing machine’), crack dialogue, humor and a strong sense of place. Absaroka's maker brings dem bones to life, and readers are sure to rejoice.”
“[Walt Longmire] remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.”
“[Longmire] never disappoints the reader: he’s a hero through thick and thin.”
Praise for Craig Johnson and the Longmire Series
“It’s the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson’s lean and leathery mysteries.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and always entertaining, Wait for Signs is a complete delight.”
“Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he’s witnessed.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Johnson's hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.”
“Johnson’s trademarks [are] great characters, witty banter, serious sleuthing, and a love of Wyoming bigger than a stack of derelict cars.”
—The Boston Globe
“Johnson’s pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps.”
“Stepping into Walt’s world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and it’s where those slippers lead that provides a thrill. Johnson pens a series that should become a ‘must’ read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.”
—The Denver Post
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About the Author
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
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I've read all of Johnson's work at this point and have enjoyed every Longmire book in the series. But this time I was easily 2/3 of the way into the story before I felt like it really hit its stride. I have a couple of relatively minor nitpicks, but I think the overarching issue is that so much of the drama took place off the page--something not typical of the Longmire books--and too much time was spent setting up the story. I found myself wondering if this was a segue book--preparation for a much bigger story. I hope so, and I mean that in the best way possible.
The one unquestionably bright spot in this one is Henry Standing Bear. Longmire's tone might change from book to book, but Henry's doesn't. Henry's consistency of voice and how Johnson uses him is masterful. Longmire may appear to be the hero in many of these books, but we all know that they are really about Henry quietly saving Longmire's foolish backside. I like this. I like it a lot.
Oh--and the very end? It was just perfect. Thank you for that.
Meanwhile the rancher, Danny Lone Elk, is found to have been killed in a rather clever way. Walt braves thunderstorms, a skittish Appaloosa, and an old mine in search of Lone Elk's grandson who knows more than he's telling but less than he thinks. Colorful characters are the norm and they pop up regularly. Omar Rhoades lends his helicopter to Walt and Henry again. He really should know better by now, and his helicopter is shot at then tangles with an ancient powerline bringing it down for an unplanned landing.
Lucian regales Walt with a story about an actor named Robert Taylor who is filming a movie Cattle King in Durant. I noticed that some reviewers assumed this referred to the actor who plays Walt in the TV series, Australian actor Robert Taylor. It seems more likely to me that the author means the American leading man also named Robert Taylor who was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s and who did star in the movie Cattle King from 1963. It is mere coincidence or perhaps serendipity that both actors share the same name.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.