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A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery

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ISBN13: 9780670026456
ISBN10: 067002645x
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The inspiration for A&E's Longmire finds himself in the crosshairs in the ninth book of the New York Times bestselling series

The success of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series that began with The Cold Dish continues to grow after A&E's hit show Longmire introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. As the Crow Flies marked the series' highest debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in his ninth Western mystery, Longmire stares down his most dangerous foes yet.

It's homecoming in Absaroka County, but the football and festivities are interrupted when a homeless boy wanders into town. A Mormon "lost boy," Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother but clues are scarce. Longmire and his companions, feisty deputy Victoria Moretti and longtime friend Henry Standing Bear, embark on a high plains scavenger hunt in hopes of reuniting mother and son. The trail leads them to an interstate polygamy group that's presiding over a stockpile of weapons and harboring a vicious vendetta.

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"Suspense propels the brisk plot, complemented by a sly sense of humor and a breathtaking look at Wyoming." Publishers Weekly (Starred)

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"Craig Johnson is flat out one of the best storytellers around." Margaret Coel, author of The Girl with the Braided Hair

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"Johnson delivers great storytelling in an intelligent mystery." The Oregonian

About the Author

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, now an A&E drama series, Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix 813. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

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Oleofox, September 4, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
Excellent continuation of the series. I really love how the author tackles hot topics and how thorough the research is. My favorite part definitely was the beginning when Walt brings up crazy people in his line of work and how that relates to Barbara Thomas who thinks that Angels are doing her chores. While this wasn't my favorite book in the series it was still great. Although I am still a bit unsure about Walt and Vic's relationship. Especially after the information in the last few pages. I definitely want to know more about Double Tough; and would like to see Walt confront him about the information he left off his resume when applying to be a deputy.
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James Casto, July 6, 2013 (view all comments by James Casto)

Craig Johnson lives in tiny Ucross, Wyoming (Population 25). There he divides his time between tending his ranch and writing a string of modern-day western novels featuring Walt Longmire, the sheriff of fictional Absaroka County.

Long a favorite of critics and fans alike, Johnson’s novels gained a whole new audience in the summer of 2012 with the debut of a new series, “Longmire,” on A&E Television. In its debut season, “Longmire” drew more total viewers than any other A&E series in the network’s history. That being the case, it’s no surprise that this summer it’s back for a second season.

And, just in time for the TV show’s second season, Johnson has published “A Serpent’s Tooth” (Viking, $26.95). It’s the ninth installment of his Longmire saga ��" and it may be the best one yet.

If you (like me) love a good mystery novel, then you know that some keep you reading because you’re caught up in the plot. You’re eager to learn what happens next. Others, however, have a different appeal. Especially those that, like Johnson’s books, feature a continuing cast of characters. The plot’s important but you also find yourself caught up in the interplay between the characters.

And so “A Serpent’s Tooth” reintroduces us not only to Sheriff Longmire but also to his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, and his second in commend, the young Victoria Moretti, who’s a real spitfire.

Walt has serious problems with depression and ghosts from his past. He’s a bit over his fighting weight and is quite a bit older than Vic, but that doesn’t stop her from setting her cap for him. As for Henry, he’s a very large and very tough Native American, a handy fellow to have at your side if, like Walt, you have a penchant for stumbling into trouble.

This time around the trouble starts when a homeless teenage boy shows up in town. It turns out the boy, named Cord, isn’t a runaway but rather a “lost boy.”

Johnson has said that his books often have their beginning when a news story catches his eye. In this case, he says, he read an article about so-called “lost boys,” teenage boys who are exiled by the leaders of polygamous religious groups in order to lessen the competition for young wives.

When Walt, Vic and Henry go looking for Cord’s mother, their search leads them to the barbed wire doorstep of a polygamy group that’s set up shop for itself on what used to be a nearby ranch. The oddball sect is ruled over by a 400-pound polygamist who, it turns out, is Cord’s stepfather. He presides over his rural fiefdom from an improvised throne perched in the back of a pickup truck ��" and surrounds himself with a cadre of heavily-armed men who would be right at home on a SWAT team.

The group, Walt learns, has lots of money ��" and lots of secrets, including some that involve Big Oil and the CIA. As his investigation heats up, so does his relationship with his sexy deputy. And the book’s last few pages bring a development that jolts Walt to his very core.







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James Casto, July 6, 2013 (view all comments by James Casto)

Craig Johnson lives in tiny Ucross, Wyoming (Population 25). There he divides his time between tending his ranch and writing a string of modern-day western novels featuring Walt Longmire, the sheriff of fictional Absaroka County.

Long a favorite of critics and fans alike, Johnson’s novels gained a whole new audience in the summer of 2012 with the debut of a new series, “Longmire,” on A&E Television. In its debut season, “Longmire” drew more total viewers than any other A&E series in the network’s history. That being the case, it’s no surprise that this summer it’s back for a second season.

And, just in time for the TV show’s second season, Johnson has published “A Serpent’s Tooth” (Viking, $26.95). It’s the ninth installment of his Longmire saga ��" and it may be the best one yet.

If you (like me) love a good mystery novel, then you know that some keep you reading because you’re caught up in the plot. You’re eager to learn what happens next. Others, however, have a different appeal. Especially those that, like Johnson’s books, feature a continuing cast of characters. The plot’s important but you also find yourself caught up in the interplay between the characters.

And so “A Serpent’s Tooth” reintroduces us not only to Sheriff Longmire but also to his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, and his second in commend, the young Victoria Moretti, who’s a real spitfire.

Walt has serious problems with depression and ghosts from his past. He’s a bit over his fighting weight and is quite a bit older than Vic, but that doesn’t stop her from setting her cap for him. As for Henry, he’s a very large and very tough Native American, a handy fellow to have at your side if, like Walt, you have a penchant for stumbling into trouble.

This time around the trouble starts when a homeless teenage boy shows up in town. It turns out the boy, named Cord, isn’t a runaway but rather a “lost boy.”

Johnson has said that his books often have their beginning when a news story catches his eye. In this case, he says, he read an article about so-called “lost boys,” teenage boys who are exiled by the leaders of polygamous religious groups in order to lessen the competition for young wives.

When Walt, Vic and Henry go looking for Cord’s mother, their search leads them to the barbed wire doorstep of a polygamy group that’s set up shop for itself on what used to be a nearby ranch. The oddball sect is ruled over by a 400-pound polygamist who, it turns out, is Cord’s stepfather. He presides over his rural fiefdom from an improvised throne perched in the back of a pickup truck ��" and surrounds himself with a cadre of heavily-armed men who would be right at home on a SWAT team.

The group, Walt learns, has lots of money ��" and lots of secrets, including some that involve Big Oil and the CIA. As his investigation heats up, so does his relationship with his sexy deputy. And the book’s last few pages bring a development that jolts Walt to his very core.







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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670026456
Subtitle:
A Walt Longmire Mystery
Author:
Johnson, Craig
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090526
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "Suspense propels the brisk plot, complemented by a sly sense of humor and a breathtaking look at Wyoming."
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