The new novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.
"It's the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson's lean and leathery mysteries."
—The New York Times Book Review
Recovering from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Sheriff Walt Longmire returns to Absaroka County, Wyoming, to lick his wounds and try once again to maintain justice in a place with grudges that go back generations. When a shepherd is found dead, Longmire suspects it could be suicide. But the shepherd's connection to the Extepares, a powerful family of Basque ranchers with a history of violence, leads the sheriff into an intricate investigation of a possible murder.
As Walt searches for information about the shepherd, he comes across strange carvings on trees, as well as play money coupons from inside Mallo Cup candies, which he interprets as messages from his spiritual guide, Virgil White Buffalo. Longmire doesn't know how these little blue cards are appearing, but Virgil usually reaches out if a child is in danger. So when a young boy with ties to the Extepare clan arrives in town, the stakes grow even higher.
Even more complicating, a renegade wolf has been haunting the Bighorn Mountains, and the townspeople are out for blood. With both a wolf and a killer on the loose, Longmire follows a twisting trail of evidence, leading to dark and shocking conclusions.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Many detective series ignore time’s passage and the effects of all the scrapes their heroes get into. But in the midst of solving yet another daunting case, Sheriff Walt Longmire is wondering if it’s time to hang up his spurs. He’s still got serious physical injuries and a bad case of PTSD from the events of 2018’s Depth of Winter. And while Vic and the rest of the Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department have Walt’s back, they also have an office pool on when he’s gonna flame out. Meanwhile, technology is starting to impinge on rural Wyoming, from a new computer sitting on Walt’s desk to a social-media personality making trouble in town. All this gives Land of Wolves a melancholy vibe that makes us wonder if Craig Johnson is plotting out the end of his hero’s run.
Bestseller Johnson's solid 15th Walt Longmire novel finds the laconic sheriff back home in Absaroka County, Wyo., barely recovered from the serious injuries he received on his quixotic foray into Mexico in 2018's Depth of Winter. The discovery of a dead sheep leads Walt into the Bighorns, where he comes across a lone wolf and potential predator as well as the body of shepherd Miguel Hernandez, his feet "stripped of all flesh and hanging six feet above the ground." Quips a doctor during the autopsy: "I think it's safe to assume the wolf didn't hang him," though the wolf evidently was able to nibble on the corpse's feet. Hernandez might have hanged himself, but Walt soon digs up evidence suggesting otherwise. Meanwhile, Walt antagonizes those who want to solve the area's so-called wolf problem by shooting the animals, collapses after saving a man's life by carrying him up a steep hill, and endures the wrath of people close to him who worry about what they see as foolish behavior. Johnson keeps the reader guessing up to the satisfying ending. Witty dialogue, an endearing lead, and distinctive supporting characters all add up to a winner. Author tour.
Good story, even if a little predictable. Too much philisophizing and strange relationship between the sheriff and his assistant.
Land of Wolves
Back on track!
Craig Johnson’s best yet
Craig Johnson’s writing has always been very good, but with Land of Wolves he reaches Hemingway: spare, laconic, descriptive, evocative, distilled, durable, looks-easy-but-wicked-difficult. Terrific plot, paced marvelously. Great characters.
Read all the Longmires, but if you can only read one, make it this one.