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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 25 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 24 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.
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By BDHumbert on 10-05-17
I am a huge Longmire fan...
But not big fan of "to be continued" books. Cliffhangers are for shorter form vehicles and the fact that this story is "unfinished" is not a good thing IMHO. I know others are not as put off as me - and I certainly liked this a lot - 4 stars worth. But it could have been 5 stars and the the best Longmire ever if the author had written another 100 pages or so,
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By TyrannosaurusRix on 09-21-17
Warning! This ends in a cliffhanger.
What did you love best about The Western Star?
Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Johnson? Why or why not?
Have listened to them all. But if the cliffhanger becomes Johnson's new 'thing' it will make me very grumpy. I am feeling a little cheated, since the ending of one story line was inconclusive. A cliffhanger, which none of his other Longmire titles have been. The psycho Basque assassin has recurred in the last couple of books, but each book had a more or less satisfactory conclusion. And now, just how long must we wait to see how this turns out in the next volume?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The Bear's contraction-less speech and dry humor always crack me up.
Any additional comments?
The switching back and forth between timelines required more attention than I usually devote to an audio book. I will need to listen again in a couple of months when I am less distracted.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful