'The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence' New York Times
Craig Johnson's first short story, 'Old Indian Trick', featured one of the earliest appearances of Sheriff Walt Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, Craig Johnson has sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt's life that doesn't appear in the novels.
Here are those beloved stories - and one new story, 'Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighorns' - collected for the first time in a single volume. With glimpses of Walt's past from the incident in 'Ministerial Aide', when the sheriff is mistaken for a deity, to the hilarious 'Messenger', where the majority of the action takes place in a Port-A-Potty, Wait for Signs is a wonderful way to be introduced to the fictional world of Absaroka County, Wyoming.
The perfect way to bide your time between the release of a new full-length Walt Longmire mystery and the start of the next season of A&E's Longmire, this story collection featuring the iconic Wyoming sheriff is a must. Johnson (Any Other Name) pens a new Longmire tale every December, and now they're all available in one volume, including a brand new story, "Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighorns." (Petunia is the name of a prized sheep with an unusual wool pattern resembling her floral namesake.) Several entries delve deeper into Walt's past, especially his relationship with his deceased wife, Martha. In "Slick-Tongued Devil," set six years after Martha's death, Walt encounters a Bible salesman who ignites a flare of grief for the sheriff when he insists that Martha just recently ordered a new Bible. On a lighter note, Walt and the elderly Cheyenne Lonnie Little Bird a series character readers whom will instantly recognize help foil a poorly executed diner robbery in "Old Indian Trick." These brief snippets of Walt Longmire's life underscore his solid position as one of the most memorable characters in crime fiction today. Six-city author tour.