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A holiday tale from the New York Times
bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show Longmire
It's a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't.”
Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt's predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn't recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman's reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkles and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers Steamboat” and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival... back to a record-breaking blizzard, to Walt's first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety... back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.
Back to the Spirit of Steamboat.
Praise for Craig Johnson and the Walt Longmire Mystery Series
“Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors hes witnessed. Unlike traditional genre novelists who obsess mainly over every hairpin plot turn, Johnsons books are also preoccupied with the mystery of his characters psyches.”—Los Angeles Times
“Johnson knows the territory, both fictive and geographical, and tells us about it in prose that crackles.”—Robert B. Parker
“The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence.”—The New York Times
“[Walt Longmire] is an easy man to like…Johnson evokes the rugged landscape with reverential prose, lending a heady atmosphere to his story.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Stepping into Walts world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and its where those slippers lead that provides a thrill. Johnson pens a series that should become a ‘must read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.”—The Denver Post
“A winning piece of work…Theres a convincing feel to the whole package: a sense that youre viewing this territory through the eyes of someone who knows it as adoring lover and skeptical onlooker at the same time.”—The Washington Post
“Johnsons pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Truly great. Reading Craig Johnson is a treat…[He] tells great stories, casts wonderful characters and writes in a style that compels the reader forward.”—Wyoming Tribune Eagle
A Christmas novella for fans of the hit drama series LONGMIRE
now on Netflix and the New York Times
bestselling series.Craig Johnson'sThe Highwayman
and An Obvious Fact
are now available from Viking.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is in his office reading A Christmas Carol
when he is interrupted by a ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar and more than a few questions about his predecessor, Lucian Connally. With his daughter Cady and undersherrif Moretti otherwise engaged, Walt s on his own this Christmas Eve, so he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Lucian is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle s and swears he s never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers Steamboat and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988 a story that will thrill and delight the bestselling series devoted fans.
From the Trade Paperback edition."
About the Author
Craig Johnson is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E original drama series. Johnson's next Longmire book, A Serpent's Tooth, will be published June 4, 2013. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com and aetv.com/longmire.