Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries)

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18 Critic Reviews

...intricately plotted...This steadfast character never disappoints the reader: he’s a hero through thick and thin.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The latest installment of Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Longmire series—the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit drama series on Netflix

Craig Johnson's The Highwayman is now available from Viking. An Obvious Fact will be available in September 2016.
 
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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Craig Johnson

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CRAIG JOHNSON is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series and is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, and the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com.
 
Published May 12, 2015 by Penguin Books. 1 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Westerns. Fiction
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All: 18 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 31 2015

Johnson’s crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 27 2015

...intricately plotted...This steadfast character never disappoints the reader: he’s a hero through thick and thin.

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Denver Post

Above average
Reviewed by Monte Whaley on May 17 2015

Certainly, "Dry Bones" is predictable. Walt uses his usual posse of Henry, profane former Sheriff Lucian Connally, local billionaire Omar Rhoades and Walt's giant canine sidekick Dog to uncover the murderer. Just as important, the book also sets up an eventual confrontation with the man once hired to kill Walt...

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Open Book Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Caro on Aug 27 2015

Craig Johnson has a wonderful writing style and he is a true storyteller. Heart wrenching and action packed, Dry Bones is a wonderfully well written novel that entertains throughout!

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Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Jun 15 2015

These are characters that evolve as time passes from book to book. It is one heck of a series and the latest, Dry Bones, continues that good reading.

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Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Below average
on May 29 2015

The first half of this book is a challenge - it's slow going - but fans of the series will ride it out in hopes of getting a payoff. They are likely to be disappointed.

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Sleeping Hedgehog

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Reviewed by CAT ELDRIDGE on Jul 23 2015

Is it worth reading? Oh very much so, though I suggest that starting at the beginning of the series make more sense. Judging solely from this novel, it’s a superb series and would definitely make for quite a few evening of reading.

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Reviewing the Evidence

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Reviewed by Sharon Mensing on Jun 14 2015

Nonetheless, the plot in this book, involving paleontology, politics, and spelunking, will capture the imagination of any reader of western fiction even if this is the first meeting with Longmire...Johnson's ability to transport the reader to the Wyoming location is astounding.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Caleb Shadis on Jun 27 2015

The story in Dry Bones was good, most of the characters were likable, and all felt believable. Dog might have been my second favorite character after Standing Bear. It was an easy read, it had tension but it wasn’t graphic; it felt more like a western.

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Book Loons

Above average
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Jun 13 2015

As expected, Longmire solves the puzzle of Danny Lone Elk's death, but this investigation - and the political circus surrounding it - is overshadowed by a personal tragedy, whose resolution is bound to reach deeply into future episodes. I'm looking forward to them!

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on May 08 2015

Dry Bones is another remarkable mystery in a string of strong, superb books by a master who continues to out-do himself. Craig Johnson doesn't rest on his laurels. As he would write, "Boy howdy!" Dry Bones is terrific.

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Men Reading Books

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Reviewed by East Coast Don on Apr 25 2015

The comfortable presentation is akin to sitting on a comfortable leather sofa listening to a favorite uncle regaling a long lost family story. The traits that make Longmire who he is are on display along with his considerable skill and luck at beating some challenge that nature throws at him all the time plus his ongoing visions.

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Books n' Kisses

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Reviewed by Jennifer on May 19 2015

I love the Longmire series and I always feel as though I’m spending time with old friends every time I read a new mystery. Dry Bones was a complex, entertaining and thought-provoking mystery that will delight long time fans.

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Above average
Reviewed by Jen Forbus on Jun 14 2015

Even though Johnson's protagonist enforces the law in the least populated county in the least populated state in the country, he continues to keep the series fresh and innovative. In Dry Bones he accomplishes this through a "sixty-five-million-year-old cold case" with current social and political implications...

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Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on May 18 2015

Readers get a good feel for Wyoming, and even get to learn about the ways in which Wyoming has been such a goldmine for paleontologists – who knew...while this book can be read as a standalone, we liked it a lot, and want to read the rest...Johnson is a very entertaining writer, and his sense of humor is delightful.

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The Bowed Bookshelf

Above average
Reviewed by Trish on May 16 2015

This story is not so much about dinosaurs as about the response of humans to the possibility untold wealth as a result of dinosaurs. Pity. We already know about greed. What we have still to learn is tied up with the dinosaur.

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Reviewed by MYSTERYPEOPLEBLOG on May 12 2015

Dry Bones shows Craig Johnson’s ability to spin several story plates at once. The humor of his characters always comes through believably even in worst of situations. It gives hope those bad times will pass and hope in humanity itself.

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Kevin Tipple

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Reviewed by Kevin R. Tipple on Jun 04 2015

These are characters that evolve as time passes from book to book. It is one heck of a series and the latest, Dry Bones, continues that good reading.

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