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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
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Craig Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.
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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.
Having said all that, the one big family related plot twist (nothing really to do with the main story line) seemed contrived and I felt it coming very early on in the book. So when it happened it was a bit disappointing as a reader. The only other issue that keeps me from feeling this book was a solid 5 star like all the others was less definable for me. It just felt like it was not as polished; it was not quite ready to hit the shelves. I felt like there were a few literary shortcuts that were not present in the previous books in the series.
This is a difficult criticism for a reader because as a huge fan, you want the next book last month. I am sure there is also considerable pressure from agent and publisher to get them out while they are doing so well and with all the publicity over the series moving to Netflix Would I have rather waited three months for the book to come out in it's expected fully polished form? The answer before the book came out is of course not. But after reading it, we do not think like that. I totally understand this is putting Craig Johnson in a no-win situation, but as a fan of the series, I think it is a fair criticism.
So in summary, I would give this book 4.7 stars if it were possible. Definitely worth the read for fans of the series or new to it.
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