A new novel in the beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.
When Lolo Long's niece Jaya begins receiving death threats, Tribal Police Chief Long calls on Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire along with Henry Standing Bear as lethal backup. Jaya "Longshot" Long is the phenom of the Lame Deer Lady Stars High School basketball team and is following in the steps of her older sister, who disappeared a year previously, a victim of the scourge of missing Native Woman in Indian Country. Lolo hopes that having Longmire involved might draw some public attention to the girl's plight, but with this maneuver she also inadvertently places the good sheriff in a one-on-one with the deadliest adversary he has ever faced in both this world and the next.
Bestseller Johnson's twisty 17th Walt Longmire novel (after 2020's Next to Last Stand) takes the Wyoming sheriff to Lame Deer, Mont., where troubled Jaya Long, the star of her high school basketball team, has been receiving threatening notes. Jaya's tribal police chief aunt worries that much of Jaya's bad behavior stems from the disappearance of her 17-year-old sister a year earlier on a drive back home from Billings and that the notes may be related to that tragedy. After Longmire questions a number of people close to Jaya, including her dysfunctional parents, dead bodies start turning up. Meanwhile, Jaya's team makes it to the state finals, and when someone roughs up the girls' coach, the gallant Longmire fills in and provides Jaya some lessons on the value of being a team player. As usual, Longmire, a Vietnam War vet, shrugs off some serious physical knocks, including falling into a canyon, on the way to a dramatic showdown with a killer and a bittersweet if hopeful ending. Fans will hope the sheriff has no plans to retire soon.
A good one
Not his best, yet the dialogue between him and Henry Standing Beat was worth the read! Also so appreciative that he is bringing this silent epidemic of missing/killed native women to our attention. Worth the read!
Craig Johnson is the best
I’ve read all of Craig Johnson’s books. From the first to his most recent, his writing and story telling is consistently superior. After finishing one of his books, I always feel happy and satisfied but also empty like I feel at the end of the football season, wishing it didn’t have to end and regretting the long wait until the next installment. I am also in awe of how much better Craig Johnson’s writing is than all the other authors I read.
“Daughter of the Morning Star” is a wonderful book, a work of art, and a fine tribute to a very real problem - the disappearance of native American women. Read it, enjoy it, but it may leave you changed.
It was simply perfect and very difficult to put down.