Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery (Paperback)

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All of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series are fabulous!

Action, danger, and a dramatic setting fuel the propulsive tension in this gripping story of daring and sacrifice.  Sheriff Walt Longmire faces his greatest challenge; there are some things worthy of risking your life.  At the top of Longmire’s list is his daughter Cady. Alone Walt Longmire travels to Mexico where Cady is held captive by a sadistic drug lord with grievances against Longmire and the knowledge of how to hurt him most.  In a land where he has no jurisdiction, a country he was forbidden entry by the American government, he goes into the heart of a bleak, desert landscape against an army of vicious drug runners to save his child. 

Right from the start Johnson introduces great new characters. Captain Guzman of the Border Patrol’s motto might just be full speed ahead and let the Devil take the hindmost.  He knows people who might be able to help Walt; there is no sympathy in Guzman’s heart for the drug cartels.  FBI Special Agent Mike McGroder is playing the long game, working with governments and teams plotting against the cartels.  His goal is to keep Walt out of Mexico, keep him from upsetting any of the FBI’s operations, and thus save his life.  McGroder views Walt’s attempt to save his daughter as a suicide mission with no chance of success.  Nonetheless, the big cowboy from Wyoming is not about to let his only child perish at the hands of a violent men without trying to save her, no matter the odds.

Isidro is silent but deadly, a sniper of amazing accuracy and loyal to Guzman. The Seer, wheelchair bound and blind, is well connected, knows the whereabouts and background of the good and the evil.  Assisted by his nephew Alonzo, he drives Walt south into the hot Mexican night to a remote ranch.  Dr. Martinez has his own reasons for taking on the cartels; he agrees to go with Walt into the remote mountains after a stone cold killer surrounded by the cartel’s private army.  Bianca, Martinez’s sister, disapproves of the dangerous mission, fearing for her brother’s life; nonetheless she has powers to bring to bear. This ragtag band will take on an army of thousands. The odds are against them. 

Sheriff Walt Longmire has faced down many a man, but none more dangerous than the adversary who holds his daughter.  His intention is to auction off Cady to the highest bidder, thus making a tidy sum for himself, putting her beyond Walt’s reach, and insuring she remains in misery.  Walt cannot let that happen; if necessary he will die trying to save her.

— 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

Walt journeys into the northern Mexican desert alone to save his daughter Cady, who has been kidnapped by the cartel

Welcome to Walt Longmire's worst nightmare. Winter is creeping closer, but for Sheriff Longmire this one is looking to be harsh in a way to which he is wholly unaccustomed. He has found himself in the remotest parts of the northern Mexican desert, a lawless place where no horse or car can travel, where no one speaks his language or trusts an outsider, far from his friends and his home turf back in Wyoming. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Tomas Bidarte, the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico, has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less so. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a father's intuition, Walt must head into the 110-degree heat of the desert, one man against an army.

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 25.

Praise For…

Praise for Depth of Winter

“Harrowing . . . Johnson is in fine form.”
 —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“This is a rip-roaring adventure, and if Longmire seems uncannily able to recover from blows to the head and other injuries that would disable a lesser man, well, that's what it takes to defeat this ‘monster among monsters.’ The sheriff as the spirit of Quixote, riding a mule to the rescue.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Crack dialogue, smart humor, mystical realism, strong sense of place and colorful, complex characters."
 —Shelf Awareness

"It’s a new setting for Longmire, but old scores are settled in this page-turner fans will love."
 —Library Journal

“This is one hell of a book. . . Depth of Winter is a great new novel by the fabulous Craig Johnson. For longtime fans of the Walt Longmire series, this book will, without doubt, be a true gem to read.”
 —Fresh Fiction

Praise for Craig Johnson and the Longmire 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 

“Johnson’s hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.”
Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525522492
ISBN-10: 0525522492
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 27th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery