Sheriff Walt Longmire uncovers a cold case that hits very close to home and forces him to put his life on the line with implications that some people would kill to keep buried forever
Sheriff Walt Longmire and Dog are called on a routine search and rescue to Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, where Walt finds himself on a rock outcropping remembering when his father told him about the first time he saw a man die. In the late forties, Bill Sutherland was shot but the investigation was stymied because no member of the elk camp—where he was found—was carrying the caliber rifle that killed the state accountant. When Dog discovers the missing weapon, the sheriff of Absaroka County is plunged headfirst into a cold case. His investigation quickly finds ties to a hidden mineral fund that someone is willing to kill to keep secret. The embodiment of the fair-minded detective, Walt is pushed to his ethical boundaries. In his relentless pursuit of the truth, he discovers the rifle in question belonged to none other than Walt’s infamous and uncompromising grandfather, Lloyd Longmire.
A standard rescue mission reopens an old mystery in Johnson's standout 19th outing for Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire (after 2022's Hell and Back). While responding to a 911 call from a woman lost in the mountains, Longmire spots a 1940s-era rifle stuffed among some nearby rocks. He retrieves it and confirms it's the same type of weapon that killed Bill Sutherland, Wyoming's state accountant, in 1948. Sutherland had been hunting elk with a party including Longmire's grandfather, Lloyd, the state treasurer, the treasurer's chief clerk, and hunting guide Clarence Standing Bear. Contemporary local reports speculated that Sutherland either took his own life or suffered an accident, but rumors spread that he was intentionally killed by someone he'd been hunting with—possibly Lloyd. Longmire's discovery spurs him to try to close the cold case and, hopefully, exonerate his late grandfather. The whodunit, which presents a dizzying number of red herrings, is one of Johnson's trickiest, keeping readers deliciously off-balance throughout. Series newcomers will have no problem jumping into the action, and longtime readers will relish the dive into Longmire's family history.
Absolutely great. Glad Vic appeared at the end.
Can’t wait for the next one.
The Longmire Defense
Lots of twists and turns right to the end. Another great Longmire book. Looking forward to the next chapter.
I love the book and I will always read everything that Craig Johansson writes I liked the crazy ending. It really was a surprise Liz 32905.