is a time of tradition and reflection, of feeling thankful for what life
grants. Sheriff Walt Longmire’s holiday ritual is re-reading Charles
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It looks to be a lonesome
holiday for Walt and Dog this year, Cady is nesting in Philly, Henry Standing
Bear has a new lady friend, and Vic is in Belize. The holiday is shaping
up to be Walt, Dog, the former Sheriff Lucian Connolly and a
chessboard. Ruby alerts Walt to the presence of a dark haired woman
needing to see him. She has something to deliver to Lucian. Her
visit transports Walt and Lucian back to 1988 when a horrific accident left a
little girl hanging onto life by a thread. Wyoming is under siege by one
of those maelstroms of snow and wind that come along about once a century just
to reassure you how feisty Mother Nature can be. The medevac helicopter cannot
make it to Denver. None of the light planes at the small airport have a
chance against the ferocity of the wind. There is one plane, a dinosaur
from WWII, with the speed, power, and heft to fight out in the storm. But no
pilot is able to fly the old bomber, except former Sheriff Lucian Connolly, the
Doolittle Raider is intimately acquainted with the craft but it has been a
while since he bailed out over the China Sea back in the big war. So as
the story opens Walt, Lucian and Doc are preparing to fly a relic into the
storm of the century in an attempt to save the life of a young burn
victim. Long odds on success and a pretty good chance of being scattered
all over the Wyoming landscape. Long odds indeed. Walt, Lucian, and
Doc are men made to eat up such odds. Walt’s reply “…it’s a question
of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don’t.” Followers
of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series will enjoy meeting Walt in his first
year as Sheriff and a younger Lucian Connolly. This book stands on its
own, destined to be a holiday favorite.
A Christmas novella for fans of the hit drama series LONGMIRE now on Netflix and the New York Times-bestselling series.
Craig Johnson's new novel, The Western Star, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is in his office reading A Christmas Carol when he is interrupted by a ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar and more than a few questions about his predecessor, Lucian Connally. With his daughter Cady and undersherrif Moretti otherwise engaged, Walt's on his own this Christmas Eve, so he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Lucian is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle's and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers -Steamboat- and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988--a story that will thrill and delight the bestselling series' devoted fans.
About the Author
Craig Johnson is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E original drama series. Johnson's next Longmire novel, Any Other Name, will be published June 3, 2014. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com and aetv.com/longmire.
Praise for Spirit of Steamboat
“A nail-biter.”—Publishers Weekly
“Johnson is a born storyteller, and he spins this old-fashioned adventure tale deftly….An extremely pleasant present for fans of this popular series.”—Booklist
“A suspenseful adventure story….Series fans along with adventure and Western readers will raptly devour the details.”—Library Journal
“Like flint to stone, the sparks fly and the humour is brilliant and barbed. . .”—Fresh Fiction
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. Unlike traditional genre novelists who obsess mainly over every hairpin plot turn, Johnson’s books are also preoccupied with the mystery of his characters’ psyches.”—Los Angeles Times
“Johnson knows the territory, both fictive and geographical, and tells us about it in prose that crackles.”—Robert B. Parker
“The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence.”—The New York Times
“[Walt Longmire] is an easy man to like…Johnson evokes the rugged landscape with reverential prose, lending a heady atmosphere to his story.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“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
“A winning piece of work…There’s a convincing feel to the whole package: a sense that you’re viewing this territory through the eyes of someone who knows it as adoring lover and skeptical onlooker at the same time.”—The Washington Post
“Johnson’s pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Truly great. Reading Craig Johnson is a treat…[He] tells great stories, casts wonderful characters and writes in a style that compels the reader forward.”—Wyoming Tribune Eagle