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 am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I haven't read the print version but the audio versions of these books are always wonderful.
This is may seem like the obligatory Christmas episode of a series but is so much more. Each character is so well-drawn that is it vey easy to imagine each of them in his or her entirety. The action and suspense is palpable and there is nothing smaltzy at all. I loved this book for many reasons.
Guidall has a wry, laconic style that fits the character very well. Longmire never takes himself seriously and Guidall is very good at voicing that part of Walt's personality. It is a great match of content, character and talent.
The denouement with the former sheriff, Lucian, and the current sheriff Walt and their unexpected visitor is a lovely moment handled well by both author and reader.
Yes, if they were following Walt Longmire but this retro story is not so good.
Walt is the best in this book
I missed Henry and the other current characters. After the previous book and it outcome there was no follow up in this one and I found that disapppointing.
It is nice to have even a short story from Craig Johnson, about Walt Longmire. I have been reading books that some could say were boring compared to the sarcastic witty banter in all the Longmire books. This story is no exception. Laughing a the interactions of the characters one minute, crying the next. Until I started this book, I did not realize how much I missed Walt.
I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!
Short but it was done well. I tend to not buy short books. However, this is a part of the story in a series of books and should not be skipped. It give the reader a good insight into the character of Walt Longmire.The story takes you back to 1988 when he if first elected sherif. It was by accident that this is one of the first books that I bought in the series. I am now going to listen to them all.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
A lot of back story about Lucian and Walt's relationship to him is given, all wrapped up in a good story about the two of them helping a young girl. Some have commented that there's too much technical detail about the plane. While there is some I never found this to be intrusive and it's the interaction of the people on the plane not the plane itself that form the focus. George Guidall does a fantastic job as always. It's a bit short but if you're a fan of the Longmire books you are going to want to listen to this. If you find it on sale as I did, even better.
This was another great book/story from Mr. Johnson and crew. I have read them all. While the story was excellent it was way too short for a "book" (3hr, 39 minutes). More like a short story. I still reccommend however.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
I suspect that Audible and the publishers are pressuring writers to create these long short stories/novellas. However, this is a difficult genre and not everyone can do it.
The plot was very, very thin and entirely predictable. I would not recommend this one, although I have greatly enjoyed the other novels in this series.
I loved, loved, loved this story from Craig Johnson! I've been going through Longmire withdrawal and this little story gave me a much needed "fix!" Thanks, Craig. I never tire of your novels.
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