Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire's daughter will be getting married in two weeks, and he and Henry Standing Bear are checking out a scenic location for the wedding in As the Crow Flies, when they witness a young Indian woman fall from a cliff.
Accident, murder, suicide? Although they are in Montana and out of Longmire's territory, he becomes involved in the investigation.
I've loved the two books in the Sheriff Longmire series I've read, and I'm just as pleased with this one.
Craig Johnson does an excellent job of bringing characters to life, describing the settings, and pulling together tight plot lines laced with both drama and humor. This is the third in the series I've read, but I want to go back and pick up the earlier books as well.
What I like: the characters, the humor, the information on Native Americans, the politically incorrect jokes that Indians tell about themselves, the dignity ascribed to certain elders and cultural practices, the friendship between Walt and Henry Standing Bear, the prose, the allusions (although there are fewer in this novel)....
Johnson creates believable characters; whether likable or not, they are never caricatures or stereotypes. They are uniquely human and treated with respect.
Aided by Henry Standing Bear, and in this book, by the new Tribal Police Chief Lolo Long, Sheriff Longmire investigates Audrey Plain Feather's death, and he carries us with him in the investigation with an adept skill that brings us quietly and easily into his world.
What I dislike: Nothing.
Oh, and I love the last names: Katrina Walks Nice, Herbert His Good Horse, Audrey Plain Feather, Clarence Last Bull, Artie Small Song.... and Elk Shoulder, Fire Crow, Old Mouse, Bear Comes Out, Crazy Mule, Bobtail Horse.
If you haven't read any of the this series, you're missing something. If you like Tony Hillerman or Michael McGarrity or other mysteries set in the West, give Craig Johnson a try. In fact, of the three (and I like them all), my favorite may be Johnson's Longmire series.
Another one from Netgalley.
Fiction. Mystery. May 2012. print version- 320 pages. Penguin Group.