When Mari Baroja is found poisoned at the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Sheriff Longmire is drawn into an investigation that reaches fifty years into the mysterious woman’s past. Her connections to Wyoming’s Basque community, the lucrative coal-bed methane industry, and the personal life of the previous sheriff, Lucian Connally, lead to a complex web of half-truths and assumed alliances. Aided by his friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and newcomer Santiago Saizarbitoria, Sheriff Longmire must connect the specter of the past to the present to find the killer.
“A life without friends means death without company.” –Basque Proverb.
I have to admit that if it weren’t for the Longmire television show, I never would have considered picking up this series. Although there are some similarities between the two, I’m enjoying the differences. I’m almost caught up with the television series and even though I’m only two books into the written series, I can honestly say that I’m now a huge fan of both.
Not surprisingly, the relationship between Henry and Walt is still my favorite part of this series. Getting to know Lucian Connally a little better was an added bonus. There were a few new characters thrown into the mix and some unexpected twists that kept things interesting.
There’s a spiritual aspect to this series that I really enjoy. Johnson’s prose is flowing and descriptive. The characters are witty and aren’t afraid to put Walt in his place. Walt’s inner dialogue makes me smile. All of that combined with the mysteries included in each book so far make this series one I can’t wait to continue.