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Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery (A Longmire Mystery) Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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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
About the Author
Craig Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.
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The mystery at the heart of Dead Bones is the death of Danny Lone Elk. Lone Elk owns a ranch on which a large, complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton has just been unearthed. The find is worth millions to whoever owns it. But Lone Elk’s ownership is contested among the federal government, the Cheyenne reservation, and the Lone Elk family. And then, of course, there’s the question of whether Lone Elk died naturally or was murdered.
Longmire works through these questions in his characteristic Absaroka County way. There’s the patient questioning of witnesses, the mystical experiences, the encounters with a nature indifferent to human wellbeing, and the sly sense of humor.
One of my favorite gags in this book is the stoically raised fist and incantation of the words, “Save Jen.” (Jen is the name of the T-rex whom the Absaroka residents want to keep at the local dinosaur museum.) Trust me, it gets funnier as the book goes along.
I’m a huge Longmire fan. As much as I enjoyed this book—and I enjoyed it a lot and read it in one evening—I didn’t think this was the best installment in the series. It’s not bad, mind you. (I can’t imagine a bad story by Craig Johnson.) It’s just not the best.
Even so, if you like the other Longmire books, I know you’ll like this one.
Can't say for sure if I will read the next one. The characters have just not changed or developed and someone is always walking out into the snow or the mountains where they should not go alone but then makes it out or is rescued at the last minute (YAWN. Here we go again...) Or Henry has some baloney native wisdom or near-mystical ability,
I guess like a lot of these kinds of book, the fun is meeting the characters and having them meet others and interact. Now it is just the same old thing with the characters doing and saying the same things they have for the last dozen or so books. Even the drunken former sheriff is losing his appeal and I always found him pretty funny, but now he is reduced to his usual actions: pulling out a gun, making a fuss at the home, nearly dying but magically surviving etc.... and then we find out some experience in his past where he did some amazing thing or served in the military and was the only one could fly plane X etc......
If you love the books, then you might like this one. If you have read a number of them and were starting to get a little bored, this one will not change your mind.
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.