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