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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
From the Hardcover edition.
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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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.
I was enjoying the read and cruising to a solid three star rating when I reached the middle of the book and encountered one of the most dramatic surprises I’ve ever encountered in a fictional thriller. I won’t reveal the plot but I can say that it involves Walt Longmire and affects several people whom he cares deeply about.
As Walt works diligently to solve the mystery of Danny Lone Elk’s demise, he is joined by various characters trying to insert their two cents worth. A District Attorney, state police and FBI agents are all over the place. Almost everywhere Walt journeys he encounters people raising a clenched fist and proclaiming, “Save Jen!,” referring to the T-Rex and not the woman archeologist. It gets a bit tiresome at times.
Walt and his long time sidekick, Henry Standing Bear, embark in a helicopter to recon the wilderness area and locate several key suspects. They encounter a severe thunderstorm, something that seems to occur often if it’s summer in Absaroka County; otherwise in winter it’s a snowstorm.
As for the dramatic surprise I mentioned earlier? It’s partially resolved in the Epilogue and paves the way for another splendid Longmire thriller.