The Western Star by Craig Johnson
(A Longmire Mystery)

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Overall the book is very good and clearly is a setup for the next one. It is highly recommended for those individuals who have not read any preceding books to not begin with this one, but existing readers of the series are likely to be well-satisfied with Walt’s most recent adventure.
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The thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.
 
The photograph—along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement—hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.
 

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 September 5, 2017 by Viking. 303 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Sep 08 2017

Those who for some reason have yet to sample that iconic mystery work will no doubt want to do so after reading Johnson’s updated take. And while complete in itself, THE WESTERN STAR does end on a cliffhanger. Hopefully fans of the series will not have to wait a full year to see how things resolve.

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Reviewed by Howard Leighton on Sep 12 2017

Overall the book is very good and clearly is a setup for the next one. It is highly recommended for those individuals who have not read any preceding books to not begin with this one, but existing readers of the series are likely to be well-satisfied with Walt’s most recent adventure.

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on Sep 07 2017

With The Western Star, Walt’s present and past dovetail beautifully into a satisfying conclusion that sets our hero up for a journey that will define him for books to come.

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