A Serpent's Tooth: A Longmire Mystery (Paperback)

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A Serpent’s Tooth, the latest in the Longmire series, is a prime example of why Craig Johnson’s books are so popular.  Excellent writing marries an inventive mystery with characters you cannot help but like.  Sheriff Walt Longmire’s latest puzzle is figuring out what to do with Cord, a “lost boy” ejected from a rogue polygamous Mormon splinter group.  Henry Standing Bear and Walt cross state lines to try and find some answers at a heavily armed Mormon compound while Cord discovers movie DVDs and is inspired to try his hand at horse rustling.  Cord is soon joined by his self-proclaimed protector, Orrin Porter Rockwell, Man of God, Sun of Thunder blessed by Joseph Smith himself.  Walt is having a little trouble with Orrin’s identity, Joseph Smith having gone to his greater reward well over a century ago.  So his side kick would be aged indeed. Orrin’s advanced age aside, he is a great character and the reader will enjoy every page he deigns to occupy.  Walt, Henry Standing Bear, and Deputy Vic (short for Victoria) continue the search for Cord’s mother, discovering a new Mormon compound run by Roy Lynear in Wyoming and not the least bit welcoming to visiting lawmen.  The whole set up makes them uneasy, why do the Mormons need to be armed to the teeth?  What are they doing in Wyoming? The remote location in one of Wyoming’s less scenic corners offers Vic a perfect opportunity to comment in her salty tongued way on her dismal impression of the passing landscape.  As Walt edges closer to the truth, things turn deadly and the climax will take your breath away.  I look forward to every one of Craig Johnson’s books; this is one of the best.

 

— Deon Stonehouse

A Serpent’s Tooth is a prime example of why the series is so popular.  Excellent writing marries an inventive mystery with characters you cannot help but like.  Sheriff Walt Longmire’s latest puzzle is figuring out what to do with Cord, a “lost boy” ejected from a rogue polygamous Mormon splinter group.  Henry Standing Bear and Walt cross state lines to try and find some answers at a heavily armed Mormon compound while Cord discovers movie DVDs and is inspired to try his hand at horse rustling.  Cord is soon joined by his self-proclaimed protector, Orrin Porter Rockwell, Man of God, Sun of Thunder blessed by Joseph Smith himself.  Walt is having a little trouble with Orrin’s identity, Joseph Smith having gone to his greater reward well over a century ago.  So his side kick would be aged indeed. Orrin’s advanced age aside, he is a great character and the reader will enjoy every page he deigns to occupy.  Walt, Henry Standing Bear, and Deputy Vic (short for Victoria) continue the search for Cord’s mother, discovering a new Mormon compound run by Roy Lynear in Wyoming and not the least bit welcoming to visiting lawmen.  The whole set up makes them uneasy, why do the Mormons need to be armed to the teeth?  What are they doing in Wyoming? The remote location in one of Wyoming’s less scenic corners offers Vic a perfect opportunity to comment in her salty tongued way on her dismal impression of the passing landscape.  As Walt edges closer to the truth, things turn deadly and the climax will take your breath away.  I look forward to every one of Craig Johnson’s books; this is one of the best.

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


“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 ninth Longmire book from the New York Times bestselling author of Land of Wolves


It’s homecoming for the Durant Dogies when Cord Lynear, a Mormon “lost boy” forced off his compound for rebellious behavior, shows up in Absaroka County. Without much guidance, divine or otherwise, Sheriff Walt Longmire, Victoria Moretti, and Henry Standing Bear search for the boy’s mother and find themselves on a high-plains scavenger hunt that ends at the barbed-wire doorstep of an interstate polygamy group. Run by four-hundred-pound Roy Lynear, Cord’s father, the group is frighteningly well armed and very good at keeping secrets.

Walt’s got Cord locked up for his own good, but the Absaroka County jailhouse is getting crowded since the arrival of the boy’s self-appointed bodyguard, a dangerously spry old man who claims to be blessed by Joseph Smith himself. As Walt, Vic, and Henry butt heads with the Lynears, they hear whispers of Big Oil and the CIA and fear they might be dealing with a lot more than they bargained for.

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…


“Suspense propels the brisk plot, complemented by a sly sense of humor and a breathtaking look at Wyoming.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"Authentic....The story moves at a brisk pace, with room for some good-natured humor and plenty of gorgeous Wyoming scenery."—CNN.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143125464
ISBN-10: 014312546X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery