Next to Last Stand
The latest thrilling instalment of the best-selling, award-winning series - now a hit Netflix show!
One of the most viewed paintings in American history, Custer's Last Fight, copied and distributed by Anheuser-Busch at a rate of over two million copies a year, was destroyed in a fire at the 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1946.
Or was it?
When Charley Lee Stillwater dies of an apparent heart attack at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmire is called in to try and make sense of a piece of a painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a million dollars, sending the good sheriff on the trail of a dangerous art heist.
A real-life painting, Cassilly Adams's Custer's Last Fight, which was reproduced in the millions in the late 19th century and destroyed in a fire at Fort Bliss, Tex., in 1946, provides the backdrop for bestseller Johnson's intriguing 16th novel featuring Absaroka County, Wyo., sheriff Walt Longmire (after 2019's Land of Wolves). When Charley Lee Stillwater, a friend of Walt's, dies of a heart attack at the Veterans' Home of Wyoming, $1 million in cash and what appears to be an artist's study for a portion of the Custer painting turn up in the retired army veteran's room. Walt sets out to authenticate the partial painting and to determine the source of the cash. The stakes rise when someone steals the artwork after knocking out the museum curator who was about to examine it. More than one murder follows. At the exciting climax, Walt coolly estimates the number of stitches in his scalp he's going to need after being shot by the surprising culprit he's closing in on. Vietnam War vet Walt shows few signs of age in this consistently entertaining series.