Dry Bones

Dry Bones

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780525426936
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 05, 2017

Craig Johnson's Longmire stories never disappoint,
but this has to be one of his best.
The characters and situations are entirely authentic,
yet the responses and plot twists
are always fresh and unexpected.

The audiobook version
adds the pleasure and authenticity
of George Guidall's voice,
which is pure Wyoming
and a perfect match for Longmire.

If only narrators would take a moment
to correct blatant errors in their reading
(eg, shouting a phrase
which is followed by
"she whispered wistfully.")

I've wanted to say that for years.


Oct 11, 2015

Love the series,but this one is a bit weak.

Aug 10, 2015

To begin with, I am a Walt Longmire fan. When I read about Walt, I am there with him, in the cafe, at the crime scene, etc. So this review will be anything but critical.

It was good to be with my old friend and all the supporting characters that make up the Walt Longmire stories. And this story, though different, was captivating and interesting. A few parts of it I had figured out, but not all of it and was a bit surprised at how the story evolved. To make it all the more interesting, Walt must deal with a family tragedy while also attempting to solve a politically damaging crime. With the US government fully immersed in his investigation, pressure to cooperate with officials who do nothing but get in his way, demanding his attention for their own political gain, Walt, with all the wisdom and savvy he can muster, weaves through his investigation the only way he knows how. By instinct and intuition.

As with previous stories, Walt's life is in peril and danger seems to haunt him at every corner. So you have thrill, intrigue, suspense, and sarcastic rye humor of Walt, all coming together in a captivating and interesting who done it story. Once again, the characters blend so well to make this story real and believable. The wit and antics of his compadres are interwoven into the story, bringing the right touch of humor, while a serious and life threatening investigation is ongoing. All of this weaves a tale of suspense, with a human touch, making it seem so real and believable.

I especially found the ending very enjoyable. After all that has happened, the town deeply involved, the political balancing act, all seem to evaporate into thin air once the crime is solved. Then everything returns to near normal. Walt and his family and friends gather together, like other group could, in respect , admiration, and love for one another. Nothing being said, because nothing needs to said. But sharing the depth of true friendship and respect. To heal, to support, and just be there for one another, until the next investigation begins, when they will all once again, with undying loyalty and respect for one another, support Walt again.

If you have not read any of Crain Johnson's books about Walt Longmire, I strongly recommend you give it a try. Start with his first book "Cold Dish", not that it is necessary because you can read any of his works in any order you like. But the first book is good and you get to meet the menagerie of characters and get to know them all like the true friends they are with each intriguing story.

Jul 13, 2015

not Johnsons strongest work

Jul 12, 2015

Predictable Longmire fare, with a setup towards another run-in with international criminals.

This series seems to be going the way of Martin Walker's Bruno series, that's not a good thing.

Jun 16, 2015

I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. This book just was not good for me. I only made it about 20% and turned it back.

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