A holiday tale from the best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show, Longmire.
"It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.
With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman' s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle' s and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers " Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival...back to a record-breaking blizzard, to Walt' s first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety...back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.
©2013 Craig Johnson (P)2013 Recorded Books
I have listened to and enjoyed immensely all the books in the Walt Longmire series, and, as much as this makes me sound a little pathetic, I have really missed all the wonderful characters, the bittersweet stories of life and death, love and loss, the basic gentle kindness of the main characters, the laugh out loud dialog and wonderful sense of humor, and of course, the best narrator ever, George Guidall. And then comes this all too brief but wonderful story! Merry Christmas to me! I only hope there will be more to come. They just get better and better!
this story is very different than others in the series as many of the regular characters are missing. the story is also shorter than most. but it is s good story and I'd true to the characters.
Fun, great reader, short - worth a listen. It has the Walt of today retelling a story of his youth.
If you enjoyed the Ernest K Gann books you will enjoy and appreciate this novelette. All the great characters and aspects of the Longmire series on an adventure involving great skill, earned in the past, on an aircraft that should be in a museum.
Either of the 2 sheriffs
30 Seconds over Denver
Craig Johnson spins these yarns so incredibly well. Longmire is right up there with Robert Parkers "Spenser" series for pure adventure and camaraderie.
Geek, FanGirl, into Supernatural Horror and the Macabre. Favorite authors: Mark Tufo, Stephen King, John Sandford, Darynda Jones, Z. Recht.
Sheriffs save lives
I liked that we got more insight on Walt's relationship with his wife.
George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. I have listened to books just because he was narrating.
Life hanging by a storm.
This is a great character study. wonderful story. high adventure. not your usual "one crime solved per episode" scenario we've come to expect. but all the heart strings are tugged upon. Craig Johnson has quickly become one of my favorite wordsmiths!
My review is redundant on the Longmire books. I love Guidall and for me he IS Walt Longmire. I look forward to the next book as I finish one.
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