As the Crow Flies: A Longmire Mystery (Paperback)

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As The Crow Flies is part of the Walt Longmire series. Walt’s
daughter Cady has her heart set on holding her wedding at Crazy Head Springs on
the reservation; complications have cropped up sending Walt and Henry scouting
alternative locations.  Chief Lonnie Little Bird suggests they check out
Painted Warrior, remote but beautiful with painted cliffs and circling
crows.  It looks good until a woman flies over the cliff edge clutching an
infant, falling not far from Walt and Henry. A potential murder has precedence
over the wedding preparations.  Dog takes it as his personal responsibility
to protect the baby while Walt and Henry are busy catching a killer. The
investigation is complicated by overlapping jurisdictions and the fed’s ruffled
feathers.  Tribal Chief Lolo Long combines inexperience with a hair
trigger temper, not a fortuitous combination in a cop.  If the murder is
to be solved, Walt will have to give some pretty swift effective Sheriff
lessons.  Lolo proved her bravery in the Iraq War, but her transformation
to police chief is not going smoothly.  Her people skills are dismal
(clearly she missed the old adage about catching more flies with honey), her
department is down to one officer, she fired the rest. Oddly enough the
volatile Chief Long seems immune to Henry Standing Bear’s legendary allure, she
actively dislikes him.  With the wedding day fast approaching, Walt is
under pressure to solve this murder fast!

untamed beauty of Wyoming’s spectacular landscape is always a part of the
series. Craig Johnson lives surrounded by the wild country he portrays so
vividly. He writes stories with intricate plots, beautiful prose, and
compassion for his characters, spiced with a touch of humor.

— Deon Stonehouse


“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

The eighth Longmire novel from the New York Times bestselling author Land of Wolves

Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn't have time for cowboys and criminals. His daughter, Cady, is getting married in two weeks, and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals. Fearing Cady's wrath, Walt and his old friend Henry Standing Bear set out for the Cheyenne Reservation to find a new site for the nuptials. But their expedition ends in horror as they witness a young Crow woman plummeting from Painted Warrior's majestic cliffs. Is it a suicide, or something more sinister? It's not Walt's turf, but he's coerced into the investigation by Lolo Long, the beautiful new tribal police chief.

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…

“Walt continues to be excellent company because he’s always keen to learn something from the strong Indian characters in this series…This time a wizened old medicine woman takes Walt in hand, guiding him through a Native American Church peyote ceremony deep in the woods…he [has] a vision that expands his mind and helps him solve the case.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“A top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery… Crow is a superb novel steeped in the culture of the American West.”—USA Today

“The pleasure of the series rests in Walt’s narration, with its laid-back, observant, bemused recounting of events…Solid landscapes, a mélange of fully fleshed characters (familiar and new), drily laconic dialogue and assorted power struggles—including Walt’s endless war with Rezdawg, Henry’s recalcitrant, falling-apart truck—keep the latest in this rich and satisfying series on engaging course.”—Houston Chronicle

“Walt’s voice lets readers in on his gentle and wry nature, while showcasing his devotion to bringing bad guys or gals to justice…Johnson enriches his narrative by using the setting itself as another well-developed character. Johnson’s Northern Cheyenne characters defy stereotype with self-depreciating humor and strength. Chief Lolo Long and Tribal Chief Lonnie Little Bird are especially well-crafted and appealing.”—The Denver Post

“Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“All the elements his fans love are present: lively characters, easy banter, and, of course, a touch of the supernatural. In early books, Walt was less sure of himself, but, in his eighth adventure, it makes sense that he’s now the one “giving sheriff lessons.” This book fits the hand like a well-worn glove.”—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143123293
ISBN-10: 0143123297
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery