The Western Star: A Longmire Mystery (Hardcover)

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The Walt Longmire series has been one of my favorites since its debut with Cold Dish, each new novel eagerly anticipated.  They are all intricately plotted, beautifully written, with characters that come to feel like good friends to the reader.  Craig Johnson now ups the ante on an already formidable collection of excellently written stories, The Western Star is absolutely brilliant and on the last page it will leave you panting for the next book!

The story moves seamlessly between two time frames, current day Sheriff Walt Longmire, Deputy Vic Moretti, and former Sheriff Lucian Connolly head to Cheyenne where they will unite with Henry Standing Bear, combing a visit to Walt’s daughter Cady with an attempt to stop the compassionate release of a prisoner.  Along the way they stop off for firearm certification and meet up with some of the other officers for a drink and a little conversation.  One of the cops notices a picture on the wall of the Western Star in 1972 with a group of Wyoming Sheriffs and one lone deputy, Walt Longmire, arrayed in front of the train.  Memories take Walt back to his first days as a deputy, boarding the legendary train with his mentor, Sheriff Lucian Connolly, not at all sure he wants to be a cop, struggling in his relationship with his new bride, and still dealing with the effects of serving as a Marine in Vietnam. For the Sheriffs, the ride on the Western Star was an opportunity to relax, party a bit with other law enforcement officers, and have a good time (at least until the hangovers hit).  On this ride, not all of the Sheriffs who boarded would survive.  Moving between 1972 and current day, the story shifts between Walt’s beginnings as a cop and his efforts to stop the release of a prisoner, keeping the reader fully invested in both stories. 

This is a page turner with a lot of heart; I can hardly wait for the next book!!!

— Deon Stonehouse


The thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times bestselling 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 twenty-five 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 twenty-four 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.

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, and his novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Praise For…

Praise for The Western Star:

“Walt Longmire still bears the impenetrable stoicism of the American West balanced with an irrepressible humanity . . . he is balanced, like the West itself, by poetry, sensitivity and culture—a character of tremendous strength and sometimes surprising violence.”
The Washington Post
“All aboard! The Longmire train is in the station, and you don't want to miss this one.”
Shelf Awareness

“Bestseller Johnson pays homage to Agatha Christie in his cleverly plotted [The Western Star] . . . And [he] winds up the whodunit with a solution that Christie could never have imagined.”
Publishers Weekly

“Entertaining and suspenseful.”
The Washington Times

“[The Western Star is] an excellent addition to [Craig Johnson’s] Longmire series. Whether a fan of the book or Netflix series, the reader will enjoy the fast-paced action and crisp dialogue.”
Deseret News

“Extraordinary . . . delightful . . . Readers are reminded that as compassionate and fair-minded Walt has become, there remains at his core a ruthless protective instinct for those he loves.”
Kings River Life Magazine

More praise for Craig Johnson and the Walt Longmire Mystery Series:

“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 trademarks [are] great characters, witty banter, serious sleuthing, and a love of Wyoming bigger than a stack of derelict cars.”
—The Boston Globe

“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: 9780525426950
ISBN-10: 0525426957
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery