The eleventh novel in Craig Johnson's bestselling Longmire series - now a hit TV drama.
Sheriff Walt Longmire has handled some cold cases in his time, but none as cold as the sixty-five million-year-old death of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The discovery of the most complete T rex skeleton ever found appears to be a windfall for the local High Plains Dinosaur Museum, until the body of Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose land the remains were discovered, is found floating face down in a turtle pond.
Walt is on a mission to determine who would benefit from Danny's death, but first he must disentangle the interests of numerous factions including the palaeontologists, Danny's family, Wyoming's Acting Deputy Attorney - and the FBI.
And then, in the thick of the investigation, Walt's daughter, Cady, arrives with her baby, bringing tragedy in their wake . . .
At the start of bestseller Johnson's intricately plotted 11th Walt Longmire novel (after 2014's Any Other Name), the Wyoming sheriff helps pull the corpse of Danny Lone Elk, a Cheyenne rancher, from a turtle pond on his ranch. Did Danny die of natural or unnatural causes? Walt soon suspects murder, given the uproar that arises over the recent discovery by local paleontologists of a nearly complete T. rex skeleton nicknamed Jen after the scientist who unearthed her on Danny's property. A fight brews among the U.S. government, Absaroka County's own High Plains Dinosaur Museum, and the Lone Elk family, who claim that Jen belongs to the Cheyenne tribe. Meanwhile, Walt (who is white) is hit with an unexpected personal loss ("It just seems like I made this deal with the universe to serve and protect, and in return, little by little, I get everything I care about taken away from me"). This steadfast character never disappoints the reader: he's a hero through thick and thin.