Author: Craig Johnson
Publisher: Viking 2014
Format: Audiobook, narrated by George Guidable
Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming. His friend and former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him for a favor. A detective in Campbell County has committed suicide and Lucian wants Walt to find out what made him do it. Walt has become such a legend among Wyoming lawmen that no one objects to Walt’s presence in their county.
As Walt begins to dig into the cases the detective was working on, he is concerned about the disappearance of three women. Are they runaways, dead or kidnapped? How are they related? This is just the kind of case Walt likes to sink his teeth into. He soon bumps up against some very shady people, particularly in the small town of Arrosa.
Walt is very good at ferreting out all the details while filling in the blanks of what might have happened. He can solve this case on his own, but he doesn’t have to. He has a great group of supporting friends, each one with their own set of skills. There’s long-time friend Henry Standing Bear (they were in Vietnam together), his under-sheriff Vic Morretti and, of course, Dog.
As Walt and his friends dig through everything to find the answers, Walt’s daughter has set a deadline for him. She is about to have her baby and she insists that he will be there — in Philadelphia. It’s a race to the finish with all sorts of dangerous crazy stuff happening. It’s very tense reading. There was one event near the end of the story that was so scary that I could barely read it. I had to know what was happening, so I kept going.
This was a good mystery with lots of details and tension and colorful characters. I felt a wide range of emotions too. I find these books humorous so I laughed a lot, but I also cried, felt angry, and as I said before, absolutely terrified near the end. Craig Johnson is an extremely good writer. He understands Wyoming and can build well-defined characters who match the country. If you’ve only seen the Longmire TV shows, you should really give these books a chance.