Author: Craig Johnson
Published: May 12, 2015
Hardcover, 306 pages
ISBN 13: 9780525426936
Summary:Wyoming’s beloved lawman must solve his coldest case yet when a T. Rex skeleton surfaces—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka County
Longmire, the TV adaptation of Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire Mystery series, has ratcheted up demand for the Wyoming sheriff’s written adventures. Publishing on the heels of the Longmire boxed set, Dry Bones is certain to join Johnson’s four most recent Longmire novels when it moseys on up the New York Times bestseller list.
When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it would appear to have nothing to do with Walt. That is, until the Cheyenne rancher who finds her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties vie for ownership of the priceless remains, including rancher Danny Lone Elk’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, the Deputy Attorney General, and a cadre of FBI men, Walt must recruit undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Dog to investigate a sixty-six million-year-old cold case that’s starting to heat up fast.
My Thoughts:I have become a huge fan of the Longmire series on A&E, soon to be on Netflix for its fourth season. So when the chance to read the latest Longmire book came up, I jumped on it. In my opinion, it did not disappoint. Johnson creates characters that are quirky and true to life. You can really relate to them on some level. Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. He is a grizzled cowboy but surprises with his vast knowledge in a variety of subjects, especially any historical facts. Victoria “Vic” Moretti is his undersheriff, and she is full of the brash bravado you would expect from a hard-nosed Philadelphia native. Henry Standing Bear, aka “the Cheyenne Nation” is Walt’s best friend and can be in one moment a calming force for Walt and in the next, a call to action. He is loyal to Walt and knows just what he needs at all times. The characters are beautifully complex.
The setting is also gorgeous in the way it is described. You can develop a full picture of the surrounding while you’re reading. I love being able to build a mental picture while reading a book, and I can do that vividly with Dry Bones. The Wyoming landscape can be both harsh and beautiful all at the same time. When they are in times of peril (and there is plenty of peril to go around) I feel as if I’m there with them because I can see it plainly in my mind’s eye. The story is well developed and riveting, classic crime drama storytelling at its best. You really have no idea of the outcome until close to the end.
I became a fan of the TV series first, but I am now a fan of the books as well. I can’t wait to get into more of the books. I know what I’ll be doing over the summer while I wait for season four to come to Netflix. If you are a fan of crime dramas give Walt Longmire a serious look. You won’t leave disappointed.