Saturday 6 August 2016

#BookReview The Highwayman by Craig Johnson

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving “officer needs assistance” calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago.

With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman.


The Highwayman is book 11.5 in the Walt Longmire Series. Well, it's not a book it's a novella, but it's 190 pages long so it feels almost like a "real book"...

I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book and in anticipation of An Obvious Fact (book twelve in the series that comes this fall) was this book a pleasant appetizer.

I found the story interesting with an Arapaho patrolman supposedly haunting the Wind River Canyon. Is highway patrolman Rosey Wayman mad or is she really hearing Bobby Womack calling for assistance? Either way, it's a wonderfully written story. Craig Johnson has a way of writing a book that makes me slow down the reading to really appreciate each and every word. John Connolly is another writer that just can put words together and create such fine magic that every page is a pure joy to read. You know the kind of books that perhaps takes a long way to building up the story before everything explodes, but you don't care and don't feel bored because you enjoy the slow, but steady pace.

Craig Johnson also has some pretty fine characters that carry the story. Walt Longmire is such a stable and strong characters, and I love it when Henry Standing Bear his pal since childhood shows up and assist him in various cases. And, of course, I love their banter. Then, we have Vic, Walt's fierce deputy who he is having a kind of relationship with. She was unfortunately not in this book. But, I do hope she will show up in An Obvious Fact.

A solid and interesting story with some action and even some funny moments. This book was a great read and I recommend this series warmly! 

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