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The Western Star: A Longmire Mystery Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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Praise for The Western Star
"Walt Longmire still bears the impenetrable stoicism of the American West balanced with an irrepressible humanity…he is balanced, like the West itself, by poetry, sensitivity and culture—a character of tremendous strength and sometimes surprising violence."
—The Washington Post
"All aboard! The Longmire train is in the station, and you don't want to miss this one."
"Bestseller Johnson pays homage to Agatha Christie in his cleverly plotted [The Western Star]… And [he] winds up the whodunit with a solution that Christie could never have imagined."
"[The Western Star is] an excellent addition to [Craig Johnson's] Longmire series. Whether a fan of the book or Netflix series, the reader will enjoy the fast-paced action and crisp dialogue."
"Extraordinary… delightful… Readers are reminded that as compassionate and fair-minded Walt has become, there remains at his core a ruthless protective instinct for those he loves."
—Kings River Life Magazine
More Praise for Craig Johnson and the Walt Longmire Mystery Series:
"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 trademarks [are] great characters, witty banter, serious sleuthing, and a love of Wyoming bigger than a stack of derelict cars." —The Boston Globe
"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 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, and his novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
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The worst aspect is the cliff hanger ending which leaves me really cold. I hate it when authors or TV shows engage in this tawdry practice to get you to follow along at your expense instead of giving you a satisfying stand alone product. I won't buy another of this series without reading a lot of reviews first to make sure he hasn't done it again.
Leaving little loose strands for recurring characters is fine, but having a major character kidnapped toward the end and leaving that unresolved until next time is really unsat.
Aside from Walt, the two best characters in the series are Henry and Vic who play insignificant roles in this one.
The romance between Walt and Vic, another wonderful feature, was deemphasized in the last book and all but disappeared in this one.
Sometimes writers just lose the spark of what made their series a hit and just start pumping out sub standard work to keep the bucks rolling in.
Stuart Woods comes to mind here. His first several books were truly terrific. Then he fell into the Stone Barrington character and descended into almost soft core porn.
The great ones, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Robert Crais, just manage to keep them coming with no lapse in quality, nurturing the spark.
I'm starting to worry that Nelson DeMille may have started to go the way of Woods.
And this Longmire book has me thinking Craig Johnson might be going that way as well.
Would be a pity.
Other than Walt Longmire himself, Henry Standing Bear and Deputy Vic are easily Johnson's most interesting and entertaining characters. But in this book, Henry is only peripheral to the story and Vic was so much on the sidelines that she could have been left out completely and it wouldn't have changed the story. The romance that had been developing between Walt and Vic has disappeared over the past couple of books, which is almost as disappointing as not getting to enjoy the ferocious Deputy Vic watching Walt's back in times of trouble. I'm really missing her having a major role in the stories.
What we get instead is Lucien Connely, Johnson's most contrived and uninteresting character, taking the spotlight, as he did in the ridiculous Sprit of Steamboat and a couple of other recent stories.
Finally, it appears Johnson is preparing to jump the shark with the cliffhanger ending. Please, Mr. Johnson, get Walt, Vic, and Henry back to Absaroka County and get them back into the kinds of trouble that made this series great!