Mary Barsad is transferred to his jail from another county, accused of killing her husband who set fire to their locked barn killing all of Mary's beloved horses. Her husband's death causes no tears for any who knew the brutal man, but Mary confessed and will be held responsible for his murder.
Longmire, however, senses something amiss and goes undercover as an insurance agent to discover exactly what happened the night of the murder.
Told in two time periods--Longmire's current undercover attempts to discover what really happened that night and flashbacks to the previous ten days--the reader is moved back and forth from present to past until nearly the end of the novel.
Johnson's novels are character driven, and he excels at bringing both primary and secondary characters to life. Both familiar characters and new characters seem to breathe on their own, and the Wyoming landscape is always well done, becoming a character in its own right.
I highly recommend this series which is highly entertaining in a number of ways.
Fiction. Mystery. 2010. 368 pages.