The Longmire Defense: A Longmire Mystery (Hardcover)

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Each new book in the Longmire series is anticipated eagerly, the characters, Sheriff Walt Longmire, undersheriff Vic Moretti, and Henry Standing Bear, feel like good friends and we are eager to find out what they have been up to lately.  Craig Johnson lives in Wyoming, he knows the land and people, it shows in the way he portrays Wyoming, a state with spectacular natural beauty.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is recovering from his last case and spending some time with his daughter Cady and granddaughter Lola.  Vic, his undersheriff, figures he has had enough time off, she wants him to ride along while she tries to find a motorist who had gone walkabout with her car stuck in a snow bank.  Vic has a pretty good idea where they might find the woman.  But this turns out to be anything but a routine rescue of a wandering motorist.  While he is searching for the woman, Walt comes across possible evidence in a murder.  This is a special case, in more ways than one, the crime was committed in 1948 and there is a connection to Walt’s grandfather, Lloyd Longmire. 

It is no secret that Walt and his grandfather didn’t get along.  Lloyd was a stern man, with strong opinions.  It could be said that a crime committed over a half century ago is lacking in culprits to punish, time having taken care of that by now, but Walt is determined to find out what happened.  The problem with stirring up a potential hornet’s nest is the strong possibility of being stung.  And so it proves to be, the crime may be old, but passions and greed run high and soon there are new crimes that need investigating. 

I enjoyed every page!  The story fills in some of the background on Walt’s family, and introduces new characters I hope we read about in upcoming novels.

— Deon Stonehouse


Sheriff Walt Longmire uncovers a cold case that hits very close to home and forces him to put his life on the line with implications that some people would kill to keep buried forever

Sheriff Walt Longmire and Dog are called on a routine search and rescue to Wyoming’s Big­horn Mountains, where Walt finds himself on a rock outcropping remembering when his father told him about the first time he saw a man die. In the late forties, Bill Sutherland was shot but the investigation was stymied because no mem­ber of the elk camp—where he was found—was carrying the caliber rifle that killed the state accountant. When Dog discovers the miss­ing weapon, the sheriff of Absaroka County is plunged headfirst into a cold case. His inves­tigation quickly finds ties to a hidden mineral fund that someone is willing to kill to keep secret. The embodiment of the fair-minded detective, Walt is pushed to his ethical bound­aries. In his relentless pursuit of the truth, he discovers the rifle in question belonged to none other than Walt’s infamous and uncompromis­ing grandfather, Lloyd Longmire.

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 the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Reading the West Book Award for fiction. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 26.

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Praise for The Longmire Defense

"[A] standout . . . The whodunit, which presents a dizzying number of red herrings, is one of Johnson’s trickiest, keeping readers deliciously off-balance throughout. Series newcomers will have no problem jumping into the action, and longtime readers will relish the dive into Longmire’s family history."
Publishers Weekly

"Longmire lovers, rejoice! He’s back with a deeply personal case that uncovers family secrets . . . Learning the history of a beloved protagonist raises an exciting mystery to a higher level."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593297315
ISBN-10: 0593297318
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery