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Land of Wolves (Walt Longmire Mystery) (edition 2019)

by Craig Johnson (Author)

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The new novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series. Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, in Land of Wolves Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.… (more)
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Title:Land of Wolves (Walt Longmire Mystery)
Authors:Craig Johnson (Author)
Info:Viking (2019), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, 336 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:Wyoming, Sunday Night series; unabridged audiobook

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Sheriff Walt Longmire is back in his home territory of Absaroka County after his Mexican adventures. He is not his usual self, as his mind and body are still healing from the injuries he sustained in Mexico. One thing that hasn’t changed is his stubborn drive to push his body past its limits despite the pleas of friends, family, coworkers, and even the odd stranger, to follow medical advice. The apparent suicide of a shepherd on a remote Basque ranch soon has Walt suspecting murder. He knows too much about the Basque family to stay on the sidelines and let his deputies handle the investigation. And what is the significance of the lone wolf that Walt keeps seeing?

This series entry checks off a lot of the usual boxes, with Walt battling the elements, snow, and awkwardness between Walt and his daughter. You’d think Cady would be more understanding of Walt’s taciturn personality after he almost single-handedly rescued her from a Mexican drug lord. Series fans will enjoy spending time with Walt and his supporting cast, but the plot doesn’t offer enough to make this one stand out from the pack.

This review is based on an electronic advance reading copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley. ( )
  cbl_tn | Oct 5, 2019 |
Whenever there's a new Walt Longmire mystery, it's a cause for celebration even though some of the books in the series may not be exactly what I wanted. That's the power of Craig Johnson's storytelling ability and the lure of the wonderful characters he has created. Each book is a treasure even though some seem to miss the mark. (Oh, to be inside a writer's mind and be privy to the entire story he intends to tell us!) Land of Wolves is an example of one of these books "that's really good, but..." and I think I know why.

After the gut-wrenching time Walt had down in Mexico, he and all his fans were looking forward to being back in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and spending a lot of time laughing with Vic and Henry and all the rest of the cast. But Walt is hurting, and he has good cause to contemplate his mortality. Is it time for him to turn in his badge, do some fishing, and spend a lot of time with his daughter and granddaughter? It's a decision he feels he has to make, and with the end of his career possibly being in sight, Land of Wolves is more an elegy than a happy homecoming.

The mystery in Land of Wolves is first-rate, and it really kept me trying to figure out what was really going on. There's also humor throughout the book what with office pools and Ruby trying to teach an old dog new tricks, but it all seems to fall a bit flat. Even Vic's trademark humor lacks sparkle, and Henry Standing Bear is seldom there. That shows you how much Walt's decision about his future is weighing on his mind.

But you know what? Even a trip to Absaroka County that turns out to be depressing is much, much better than no trip at all. I'm learning about these beloved characters in all their different moods-- and I'm hoping that the next time we see Walt, there will be a smile on his face. ( )
  cathyskye | Oct 4, 2019 |
What a wonderful return to the Wyoming world of Longmire! The regular characters, humor and intelligent observations on life in general are back in full force. Walt is still recovering from the torture he went through in Mexico in the previous book, and finds himself suffering not only physically, but mentally. There are indications that he might not run for sheriff again, but in the meantime he has to solve a murder (suicide?) and stop local citizens from going after a lone wolf who has appeared in the area. It's unclear if this is Wolf M777 from Yellowstone or Walt's spirit animal. ( )
  terran | Sep 28, 2019 |
Yet another excellent addition to the author’s Longmire series. This book builds on the on-going story line with the regular cast of characters - although not too much participation from Henry. All of these books have been fast paced, easily read, and with an appropriate amount of plot twits and turns. The descriptive writing is strong - the author is certainly a lover of “the west”. ( )
  labdaddy4 | Sep 28, 2019 |
It is another beautiful day at the Red Pony and a joy to return to the world of Longmire! Another great outing in this series and highly recommended! ( )
  JJbooklvr | Jun 4, 2019 |
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