First Frost: A Longmire Mystery (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Badge
First Frost: A Longmire Mystery By Craig Johnson Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

In First Frost Vic is attempting to clean out Walt’s basement, he is not being helpful, feeling more like he would prefer to leave the artifacts of his life safely sealed up down there.  In her excavations she comes across a surfboard, not aware Walt had ever surfed, she demands a story. And boy what a story it is, as Walt goes down memory lane to the time he and Henry Standing Bear were young guys in California. 

In 1964 Walt and Henry Standing Bear have just graduated, their draft deferment is over, and they will soon be traveling to Vietnam compliments of Uncle Sam.  Walt will be inducted in Parris Island South Carolina and Henry Standing Bear is going to Fort Polk Louisiana.  They intend to drive across country in Walt’s old farm truck, sort of a last hurrah of freedom before heading to a jungle in Vietnam where the return ticket is uncertain. 

The day before they leave, they spend surfing despite the fit Mother Nature is throwing. It is wild weather, with storm swamped waves crashing, but they refuse to be deterred.  As the seas roil, a boat is tossed about, eventually succumbing to the battering by capsizing and hurling the occupants overboard.  Without hesitation Henry Standing Bear and Walt do what they always do, meet danger head on and try their hardest to rescue those in trouble.  By the time the authorities and EMTs arrive, Walt and Henry are wet and tired.  But this boat was carrying illegal cargo, substances dangerous people will be upset about losing.

The next day they head east, intent on crossing the country and hopefully having a good time.  What are the odds they will make it all the way to their destination without trouble and danger?  Not good, not good at all.  It doesn’t take them long at all to find a dark puzzle in a strange place.

In current day Sheriff Walt Longmire is the subject of a hearing over the deadly incidents in The Longmire Defense.  Walt angered some extremely greedy, powerful people who like their secrets, prestige, and wealth to be undisturbed, and boy howdy did he ever disturb them!.  They are not at all resigned to suffering the outcome.  Walt will have to be on his game to thwart their aims.

It is fun reading about Walt and Henry Standing Bear as young men, just starting out, with Walt already showing the strong sense of justice that will make him an excellent lawman and his flat-out refusal to leave questions unanswered that will make him a great investigator, if it doesn’t kill him first.

— Deon Stonehouse


The past and future collide in this gripping new addition to the beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.

It’s the summer of 1964, and recent college graduates Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear read the writing on the wall and enlist to serve in the Vietnam War. As they catch a few final waves in California before reporting for duty, a sudden storm assaults the shores and capsizes a nearby cargo boat. Walt and Henry jump to action, but it’s soon revealed by the police who greet them ashore that the sunken boat carried valuable contraband from underground sources.

The boys, in their early twenties and in the peak of their physical prowess from playing college football for the last four years, head out on Route 66. The question, of course, is how far they will get before the consequences of their actions catch up to them—the answer being, not very.

Back in the present day, Walt is forced to speak before a Judge following the fatal events of The Longmire Defense. With powerful enemies lurking behind the scenes, the sheriff of Absaroka County must consider his options if he wishes to finish the fight he started.

Going back and forth between 1964 and the present day, Craig Johnson brings us a propulsive dual timeline as Walt Longmire stands between the crossfire of good and evil, law and anarchy, and compassion and cruelty at two pivotal stages in his life.

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.

Praise For…

Praise for First Frost

"[A] vivid, tightly written novel . . . Readers new to the series won’t have difficulty following the action, and longtime Longmire fans are likely to appreciate how the author fleshes out the main character’s backstory."
Associated Press
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593830673
ISBN-10: 0593830679
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: May 28th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A Longmire Mystery