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This short story bridges the time between As the Crow Flies and A Serpent's Tooth. Walt, Henry, and Vic have taken advantage of an Indian summer day to go fishing in the Bighorn Mountains. A scanner is the only concession to the fact that Walt rarely gets a true day off from his job as sheriff of Absaroka County. When they hear a distress call from a ranger, they head to the rescue and find the ranger and a visitor trapped on top of a porta potty by a family of bears. It's the woman's story of what's inside the porta potty that has them investigating, though.

This story advances the arc of Walt's relationship with his daughter and unborn granddaughter, but it's a rare miss for me. Native American shamanism is at the heart of the story, and, like Vic, I'm a skeptic. Series completists will want to read this one to find out how Walt's unborn granddaughter gets her name. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jun 29, 2016 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Feb 25, 2016 |
This Western vignette shows the true qualities of the three major characters of the Longmire series, Walt, Henry and Vic. Each character stays true to their natures as together they work out two problems: moving a sow bear and her two cubs away from a porta-john where a woman and ranger are trapped; and, rescueing an adolescent horned owl from Inside the "throne" of said porta-john. Humor, spiritual discussions, danger, and realistic resolutions enrich this short piece so that it becomes as memorable as any of the longer Longmire works. I figured out the ending ahead of time, but Johnson's poetic language did not disappoint. I hope Longmire afficianados will not overlook his shorter stories because they are little Western gems. ( )
  brickhorse | Nov 16, 2015 |
It takes a fine writer to make a plug for a charity into a good story -- and Craig Johnson is a fine writer. Walt Longmire, Vic Moretti, and Henry Standing Bear are returning from a fishing trip when they get a distress call from a park ranger and a tourist who have been treed by a bear. Well, not treed, exactly -- they are cowering on the roof of one of those infamous outdoor biffies found in our state and national parks. Hijinks ensue, along with some Cheyenne lore and environmental information. Well worth the money ($2.99) and highly recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Jun 5, 2013 |
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For Lola, our Shoshone Rose
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It was one of those late summeer days that somtimes showed up in early October after a killing frost--warm, dry, and hazy; Indian summer.
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The crow wished everything was black, the owl, that everything was white. --William Blake
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Walt, Bear, and Vic meet 3 black bears... and a great horned owl... or is it? (The story occurs after Cady's marriage, but before her daughter is born.)
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Walt, Vic, and our Bear
The great horned owl saves the day
Mama black bear flees

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Sheriff Walt Longmire, his long-time friend Henry Standing Bear, and his undersheriff Victoria Moretti are returning from a fishing trip in the Bighorn Mountains when Walt receives a distress call from Crazy Woman Canyon. Forest service ranger Chuck Coon is in trouble. Walt, the Bear, and Vic arrive to find Coon and a young woman up a tree, so to speak. The unlikley duo are fending off three very real bears from the top of a Porta Potty and tell a mystifying story of another dangerous creature inside the "convenience." When Walt, Henry, and Vic face the creature what they find may be a Messenger from the Camp of the Dead, with a very personal tie to Walt himself.… (more)

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