Dry Bones: A Longmire Mystery (Paperback)

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If there is a lot of money in the equation, the sum total is bound to be trouble.  The last place a cop, any cop, wants to be is in the middle of a territorial dispute between the FBI, the Justice Department, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, a local ranching family, and a museum of sorts.  That’s exactly where Sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself when the largest most complete T-Rex skeleton is discovered on a ranch owned by the Lone Elk family.  Soon thereafter the body of the family patriarch, Danny Lone Elk is discovered face down in a pond, foul play a definite possibility.  Making things even worse, Scotty, the Acting Deputy Attorney is one of those all hat and no cattle politicians that manage to stumble through life avoiding opportunities to learn and thriving on publicity.  His speech is locked in sound bite mode, self-importance is his main trait, and any empathy long ago fled his body.  Walt and Scotty fail to bond.  Millions, many of them, are up for grabs but the issues of ownership in the case are murky.  Did Danny sell the bones to the local museum?  Are they the property of the Northern Cheyenne?  Do they belong to the Lone Elk family?  Or can the Feds grab them?  Lots of players and no easy answer.  If that is not enough to stress out anyone, Walt’s daughter, Cady, is arriving for a visit with his five month old granddaughter, Lola.  Events in Philadelphia will propel her back east and cause Walt serious worry. Craig Johnson’s series is known for the excellent writing, gorgeous setting, and great cast of characters.  Dry Bones excels in all three, the Wyoming country is ever present, the writing crisp and clear, and all our favorite characters take part.  Lucien, Henry Standing Bear, Vic, Dog, all get into the action.  I read it in one sitting; it is just too good to put down.

— Deon Stonehouse

Dry Bones is a book that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go, I stayed up until the wee hours to finish because I just had to know what happened.  If there is a lot of money in the equation, the sum total is bound to be trouble.  The last place a cop, any cop, wants to be is in the middle of a territorial dispute between the FBI, the Justice Department, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, a local ranching family, and a museum of sorts.  That’s exactly where Sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself when the largest most complete T-Rex skeleton is discovered on a ranch owned by the Lone Elk family.  Soon thereafter the body of the family patriarch, Danny Lone Elk, is discovered face down in a pond, foul play a definite possibility.  Making things even worse, the Acting Deputy Attorney  for the Justice Department is one of those all hat and no cattle politicians that manage to stumble through life avoiding opportunities to learn and thriving on publicity.  His speech is locked in sound bite mode, self-importance is his main trait, and he doesn’t even understand the concept of empathy.  He spectacularly fails to bond wit Walt, not that he was giving it any effort.  Millions, many of them, are up for grabs but the issues of ownership in the case are murky.  Did Danny sell the bones to the local museum?  Are they the property of the Northern Cheyenne?  Do they belong to the Lone Elk family?  Or can the Feds grab them?  Lots of players and no easy answer.  If that is not enough to stress out anyone, Walt’s daughter, Cady, is arriving for a visit with his five month old granddaughter, Lola.  Events in Philadelphia will propel her back east and cause Walt serious worry.

 

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


Walt investigates the death elderly Cheyenne Danny Lone Elk and runs into problems on site of a dinosaur fossil discovery—from the New York Times bestselling author of Land of Wolves
 
When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire’s jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum—until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny’s family, the tribe, and the federal government. As Wyoming’s Acting Deputy Attorney and a cadre of FBI officers descend on the town, Walt is determined to find out who would benefit from Danny’s death, enlisting old friends Lucian Connolly and Omar Rhoades, along with Dog and best friend Henry Standing Bear, to trawl the vast Lone Elk ranch looking for answers to a sixty-five-million-year-old cold case that’s heating up fast.

About the Author


Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Praise For…


“Fast-paced [and] entertaining . . . Johnson, as usual, offers colorful glimpses of Wyoming history and its physical features. Johnson is able to make the landscape itself at least as fascinating as the slightly off-kilter, and sometimes murderous, folks that inhabit Walt’s universe.”
—Denver Post

“An especially good tale . . . If you are not familiar with Longmire, you might want to meet him. If you know him, don’t miss his latest case.”
—Charleston Post & Courier
 
“Yet another classic Craig Johnson mystery.”
Deseret News

“The [Longmire] series continues to be fresh and innovative. In Dry Bones, Johnson accomplishes this through a ‘sixty-five-million-year-old cold case’ with current social and political implications, as well as via vibrantly complex characters. Devoted series fans won't feel a sense of déjà vu in Dry Bones, but they will easily identify Johnson's tendency toward innovative imagery (‘my brain felt like it was bouncing around like a sneaker inside a washing machine’), crack dialogue, humor and a strong sense of place. Absaroka's maker brings dem bones to life, and readers are sure to rejoice.”
—Shelf Awareness

“[Walt Longmire] remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.”
—Kirkus Reviews
 
“[Longmire] never disappoints the reader: he’s a hero through thick and thin.”
—Publishers Weekly 

Praise for Craig Johnson and the Longmire Series

“It’s the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson’s lean and leathery mysteries.” 
The New York Times Book Review
 
“Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and always entertaining, Wait for Signs is a complete delight.” 
ShelfAwareness
 
“Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he’s witnessed.”
Los Angeles Times
 
“Johnson's hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Johnson’s trademarks [are] great characters, witty banter, serious sleuthing, and a love of Wyoming bigger than a stack of derelict cars.”
The Boston Globe
 
“Johnson’s pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“Stepping into Walt’s world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and it’s where those slippers lead that provides a thrill. Johnson pens a series that should become a ‘must’ read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.”
The Denver Post 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143108184
ISBN-10: 0143108182
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery