A Christmas novella for fans of the hit drama series LONGMIRE now on Netflix and the New York Times–bestselling series.
Craig Johnson's new novel, The Western Star, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is in his office reading A Christmas Carol when he is interrupted by a ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar and more than a few questions about his predecessor, Lucian Connally. With his daughter Cady and undersherrif Moretti otherwise engaged, Walt’s on his own this Christmas Eve, so he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Lucian is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle’s and swears he’s never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers “Steamboat” and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988—a story that will thrill and delight the bestselling series’ devoted fans.
Bestseller Johnson (A Serpent's Tooth) delivers a nail-biter with this seasonal Walt Longmire novella. On a snowy Christmas Eve, while reading A Christmas Carol, the Wyoming sheriff receives an unexpected visitor: a part-Japanese young woman who says she needs to see Walt's predecessor as sheriff, Lucian Connally, a WWII vet who flew in the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in 1942 and is now in a rest home. Flashback to December 24, 1988. A girl seriously injured in a traffic accident has to get to Denver fast for treatment, but a blizzard makes flying her there hazardous. Furthermore, the only plane available is an antique B-25, named Steamboat after the bucking bronco on Wyoming's license plate, and the only pilot who can fly Steamboat is Lucian. Soon, the two lawmen, their team, and the patient are aloft, fighting the weather and a host of mechanical problems. While the outcome is never in doubt, the woman's meeting with Lucian in the present day holds more than one surprise. 5-city author tour.
They just keep getting better and better. Am not ashamed to say I cried at the end . I like to believe there really are people like this in the world !
Spirit of Steamboat
Awesome story. Look forward to the next book.
Longmire's Christmas Carol
The Longmire TV series is good, the books are in a whole other league. If you've read the novels, you need to read Spirit of Steamboat. Not as long as you'd like, but certainly a worthy edition to the world of Walt Longmire. If you are new, start with The Cold Dish. Craig Johnson rights entertaining, excellent literature that often has a mystery. The shorter works like this one aren't mysteries but rather more on the life and times of the characters. Go read the other novels and short pieces so you can enjoy this one by Christmas (or before Halloween). Cheers