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The 13th novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times best-selling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of 24 veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.

The photograph - along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement - hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

©2017 Craig Johnson (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 09-07-17

Boy Howdy! Back with a Vengeance!

In 1972, Walt Longmire boards the Western Star with a copy of Murder on the Orient Express in hand.

And so, our expectations are set. The Star is a legendary steam train on her last, luxurious trip through Wyoming. As on the Orient Express, there are attendants, white-table-cloth-set dining car, brass fittings and overnight carriages. And, eventually, of course, there is murder.

This is the setup of the new Craig Johnson mystery, and it serves him and his readers well. At first, there seems to be little connection between this flash-back story of Walt's early days as Deputy Sheriff and the present-day plot line wherein he, Vic, Lucius, and Henry are paying widowed daughter Katy a visit to help her move into a new apartment with her baby Lola.

Then the connections begin to fall into place, the action picks up, and we are all speeding toward an explosive conclusion to both parts of the plot. It gives away nothing to note that The Western Star answers some old questions, displays a lot of heart, and includes the mother of all cliffhangers!

And yet Walt never actually reads Murder on the Orient Express!

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A series after all

Love the author & narrator. Happy the writing did not deteriorate to accommodate the TV series, but we do not like being left hanging.

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Very Frustrating and disappointing-

I've always been a big fan of Walt Longmire so I bought this latest book in the series as soon as it was available. I wish I hadn't. For the first time since the series started I have to admit there's a story that i'm sorry I listened to. I hate cliff hangers and without trying to put out any spoilers this is a cliff hanger of the worst kind - a last minute completely unexpected personal crisis with lives at stake. The book ends abruptly with Walt off on a quest- but in my opinion the crisis is too major to leave for the next book whenever that may be. I feel like I've been manipulated to be left hanging like this. Not happy. It seems like the author is trying way too hard to create drama and has turned a solid series into a daytime soap opera. I may quit reading the series at this point.

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a good look at padt and present

A different look at Walt from his past. Also Lucean and his past dealings with Walt.

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Could be Johnson's best book yet!!

This book was fantastic! If you're just starting the series, begin with book number one because you're going to want to experience the characters and storyline from the moment of inception.

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Switchback..

If you can listen carefully, you will enjoy how past and present circle and intertwine until they join. On of the best of the Longmire series. My question, when can we acquire the next book?

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A train mystery ending Christie's style...

... and a current day storyline cliffhanger!
This is another great story in the Longmire series.

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I wish the Netflix series was this good.

Like the majority of you that are looking up the Longmire series, you probably watched the tv series first. I really enjoyed the show and I’m still looking forward to the next season. The tv series is an off version of the book saga. I didn’t realize that so my first read was this (the last book) released. Recommend finding the first book and starting there.

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Craig Johnson & George Guidall -- a sure winner

Great story, excellent narration. Loved it. Always looking forward to the next release. Can't wait!

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Major storyline left unresolved

First part of a Trilogy? If so, it should have been advertised or labeled as such.

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