Dry Bones

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Dry Bones

Walt Longmire Mysteries, #11

Boy Howdy! This is just an outstanding series! I love touching base with Walt Longmire and the gang and following along while he resolves complicated situations among those living in Absorka County.

There is a lot going on in this eleventh installment of the series. Walt is taken by surprise when the remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is found on Danny Lone Elk's property along with Danny's dead body. Some very strange things start happening after that, as it seems more than one person claims to have seen Danny Lone Elk after his death, Walt included.

“You will stand and see the good, but you will also stand and see the bad- the dead shall rise and the blind shall see.”

Walt will get drawn into the tug of war over who will lay claim to the dinosaur they have nicknamed “Jen”, as tribal rights clash with the federal government and museums all want to stake a claim. But, the real puzzler is whether or not Danny died as a result of his long running battle with alcoholism or if he was murdered. If this weren't enough to keep Walt on his toes, a personal tragedy will blindside him and a chill will run down your spine as it's a real possibility an old nemesis is back to cause Walt and Vic as much pain as possible.

While all the books in this series are riveting, I found myself thinking, this was one of the best installments I have read so far. I loved the dialogue, the way the author offsets heavy plot developments with humor, and creates an atmosphere that sucks the reader right into the pages of the book.

Craig Johnson's unique voice captures my attention and amazes me with his ability to give his characters a depth that continues to develop and deepen with each new mystery adventure. This story in particular places the character's personal lives on the front line with the focus on a very painful situation which will have a profound effect on a few characters for a long time to come.

But, as always the mystery is compelling, with plenty of action and suspense to keep you turning those pages. Again, the rugged Walt Longmire will find himself in a real life or death situation as he searches for missing persons, and tries to untangle the mystery of Danny Lone Elk's death, and the meaning of his dreams.

I can't say enough good things about this series. I watch the show on Netflix too and I really enjoy it, but, there is something about a book that gives the reader a much better understanding of a character, creates a deeper bond and holds you to them emotionally in a way television simply cannot recapture.

If you have not read the books the show is based upon, I highly recommend you give them a try. You will be so glad you did!

SAVE JEN!


Book Blurb for Dry Bones

In the latest installment of Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Longmire series, Wyoming’s beloved lawman takes on his coldest case yet

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.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2015 5.00