The Western Star

The Western Star

Book - 2017
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"Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt.45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them. The photograph--along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement--hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2017.
ISBN: 9780525426950
Branch Call Number: FIC Johns
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 24 cm.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 01, 2017

I don't think all novels "have to be" in chronological order, but I do think that if half the novel is a "flash to a previously unknown story" there should be a logical reason that the old story is not simply told first. The big "surprise reveal" at the end of this book was not worth the wait since the "surprise" was pretty well foreseen by before the half way mark. I suspect the author is tired of the character since this is the second book in a row that talks about Walt retiring. Not my favorite of a series I otherwise have loved.

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21221021880833c
Nov 02, 2017

Boy howdy! Love this expression. Another great read. I look forward to the next book and hope the wait will be a short one.

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drawgers
Oct 19, 2017

the latest in the ongoing Walt Longmire book series is a strong addition. telling the story through, essentially, two ongoing and time-separated but connected murders is not a new plot device, and can be a hindrance, but not in this case. the stories flow together and make for a very enjoyable read.

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MrAmann
Oct 13, 2017

Not up to previous Longmire novels. A near complete novel of flashback story telling.

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jtcampbel47
Oct 11, 2017

Another enjoyable read, well done C.J!!!

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USAF1969
Oct 04, 2017

Craig Johnson's THE WESTERN STAR is an awesome read. He stays true to his characters and their relationships and has woven a great tale together. This book is written in a constant flashback-style. That is, a modern story line with another story line from a time past from when he was first hired to be a deputy in Absaroka County. This switching back and forth makes for an intense read in that several shifts back and forth per chapter may occur; some going 5-7 pages and other happening in 2-3. One minute you are in an cliffhanger section in one era and then with only a space between paragraphs you are suddenly a few decades away dealing with a more mundane part of that story line. At first this style took some getting used to. But as it moved along mental gears started catching on and by the end I found I liked the style a lot. And I have to say the setting for the book very pleasantly surprised me. My only complaint about the book. would be it would have been nice to have something more that a paragraph spacing to signal the shifts (like a year date when the shifts occurred). Unlike some earlier Walt Longmire stories, this one had a crystal clear indication that a sequel would be coming - no doubt about it. MEMO TO MR. CRAIG JOHNSON - Please hurry up and write this next one; the suspense is killing me. Thank you!

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LuvReadingStuff
Sep 25, 2017

This was and interesting read going back and forth from the past to the present. This story was short. I have read all the Longmire stories and have enjoyed them all. I look forward to the next one.

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caj1222204441801
Sep 21, 2017

This book is about when Walt was a deputy. Fast moving mystery then at the end he was sheriff. His who did it will make want more.

AL_JILLA Sep 07, 2017

Another wonderful Walt Longmire book by Craig Johnson. Walt is the sheriff we all want to have on our side. If you are a fan of this series, you will not be disappointed with this new release. If you haven't read any books in this series, please check them out!

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