The Western Star is the thirteenth book in the Walt Longmire series written by Craig Johnson. This popular series follows the adventures of Sheriff Walt Longmire as he solves crimes in Absaroka County, Wyoming. In this installment, Johnson takes readers on a thrilling journey that combines elements of mystery, suspense, and Western folklore.
The story begins with Walt attending the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association annual meeting, which is held aboard a steam locomotive known as The Western Star. As the train travels through the picturesque Wyoming landscape, Walt reminisces about his early days as a deputy sheriff and his encounters with notorious criminals. However, his trip down memory lane takes a dark turn when he discovers a dead body on board.
The victim is a fellow sheriff who was investigating a cold case from 1972 involving the murder of a young woman named Gretchen Cristobal. The case had been reopened due to new evidence, and several sheriffs were involved in the investigation. As Walt delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding the murder, he realizes that there may be a connection to his own past.
Throughout the book, Johnson skillfully weaves together two timelines: one set in the present day and another set in 1972. In the past timeline, readers are introduced to a young Walt Longmire who is just starting his career as a deputy sheriff. As he investigates Gretchen’s murder alongside his mentor, Lucian Connally, Walt uncovers shocking secrets that have far-reaching consequences.
As Walt investigates both timelines simultaneously, he must confront his own demons and face the truth about his past actions. The Western Star explores themes of justice, redemption, and the weight of personal history. Johnson’s vivid descriptions of Wyoming’s rugged landscapes and his deep understanding of Western culture add depth and authenticity to the story.
The book also delves into the complex relationships between characters, particularly between Walt and his longtime friend Henry Standing Bear. Their friendship is tested as they find themselves on opposite sides of the investigation, each with their own interpretation of justice.
As the plot unfolds, readers are taken on a rollercoaster ride of suspense and intrigue. Johnson expertly crafts a narrative that keeps readers guessing until the very end. The Western Star is a captivating addition to the Walt Longmire series, showcasing Johnson’s masterful storytelling and his ability to create compelling characters.
The Western Star
- Narrated by: George Guidall
The 13th novel in the New York Times best-selling Longmire series by Craig Johnson, the basis for the popular Netflix series Longmire.
Sheriff Walt Longmire was enjoying a celebratory beer after receiving his firearms certification at Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a young sheriff confronted him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of the Challenger steam locomotive. It took him back to a time when, fresh from the Vietnam war, Deputy Walt then accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual lavish party of the Wyoming Sheriff’s Association held aboard a cruise ship. called the Western Star, runs the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty .45 Colt and a paperback book Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, young Walt was not prepared to face the plots of 24 strange sheriffs. old, let alone the curious cavalry that accompanied them.
The photo – along with the impending parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has ever met in his entire life in law enforcement – plunges the sheriff into a head-on collision between past and present, confronting him and everyone he cares about. traces of revenge fled.
Finally and I mean finally Craig Johnson is back to writing the way those of us who have read all the books know and love.. Most of our old friends. I’m here again! I have no problem with dividing past and present. Sometimes a spoiler is a good thing but what this seems to imply would be a total disaster for this series. . Geo Guidall was spectacular as usual. Any other storyteller wouldn’t bring our old friends to life. So go ahead, Mr. Johnson and tell us another story. We will be here waiting.
I chose this rating because it has held me back from the moment I started listening. George Guidell is a great storyteller and the ending has some unexpected surprises. Can’t wait for the next one!
I understand that this type of book may not be everyone’s perfect favourite. For me Craig Johnston + George Guidall = perfection in a new western cowboy mystery with Native American culture. I simply loved it, good story and brilliantly told by George. As long as Craig continues to write and George continues to narrate, I will buy their Audiobooks forever invisible. Thanks Audiable.
Love the author and storyteller. Glad the text didn’t deteriorate to suit the TV series, but we didn’t want to be hanged.
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