Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson

THE HIGHWAYMAN by Craig Johnson
◊ Series: Longmire
◊ Hardcover: 208 pages
◊ Genre: Western, Mystery, Suspense
◊ Publisher: Viking (May 17, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0735220891
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0735220898


          Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear embark on their latest adventure in this novella set in the world of Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Longmire series—the basis for the hit drama Longmire, now on Netflix
         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.

Sometimes seeing is believing and sometimes it’s still hard to believe what you see.

So seems the case in author Craig Johnson’s latest Longmire story, THE HIGHWAYMAN. The author once again uses the spirit world to bring a story full circle. Johnson makes the unexplainable appear plausible.

Being a novella, the story is short and easily read in an afternoon. The pace is quick threaded with action and suspense. The secondary characters add depth to the story. Meanwhile, the bond between Walt and Henry is reinforced by their actions.

This is a wonderful tale in the Longmire tradition. Johnson knows how to blend Native American traditions/customs with modern times and law enforcement procedures for a smooth flowing story. Through detailed descriptions and an eye for detail, Johnson places the reader in the middle of the scene as the story unfolds around you.

This is a fascinating tale that will have you reflecting on it long after you close the book.

The Highwayman by Craig Johnson, A Longmire Story (Novella), Viking, @2016, ISBN: 978-0735220898, Hardcover, 208 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Are you a fan of the Longmore books and/or series? Which do you prefer and why?


  1. This sounds truly fascinating. Thank you for the nudge towards it.

  2. Another book in the series? I need to catch up.

  3. I really, really like this series, Mason. I think Walt Longmire is a well-drawn character, and I love the setting and the other main characters. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This sounds like such an interesting read. Thanks for the good review to whet my interest.

  5. It reminds me a bit of Tennyson's poem "The Highwayman".

  6. I usually don't like Westerns, but add mystery and I'm in. I enjoy novellas.

  7. I 100% love the books, he's created a fascinating world and characters. I like the show too, because it gives me a parallel world in which to visit with these characters a bit more.


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