A Longmire Mystery
Walt investigates the death elderly Cheyenne Danny Lone Elk and runs into problems on site of a dinosaur fossil discovery—from the New York Times bestselling author of Land of Wolves
When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire’s jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum—until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny’s family, the tribe, and the federal government. As Wyoming’s Acting Deputy Attorney and a cadre of FBI officers descend on the town, Walt is determined to find out who would benefit from Danny’s death, enlisting old friends Lucian Connolly and Omar Rhoades, along with Dog and best friend Henry Standing Bear, to trawl the vast Lone Elk ranch looking for answers to a sixty-five-million-year-old cold case that’s heating up fast.
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.
Great as expected
Great, now I have to wait for the next one. Really a goodread! If you have not read them all, boy howdy, you need to start.
One of the better efforts in this series with unexpected turns.
Love love love!!
I became enamored with Walt Longmire and Henry-The Cheyenne Nation through Netflix. These books are looked forward to with great anticipation. I especially enjoy the recap at the end, and the questions for discussions. The descriptive ability of the author picks me up from my home and drops me in the shadow of the sheriff. I can feel the pelting hail, the horse Bambino startling at the roar of thunder, the wetness and claustrophobia in the cave, and the feel of the dirt surrounding Jen. A book series not to be missed!!