Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story (Hardcover)

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Ron's Staff Pick (December 2013): A Classic Craig Johnson story, and will become a classic Christmas story. A World War 2 B-25 airplane blasts through a horrific snowstorm on a Christmas Eve mission of mercy. Told in the present day, the story takes us back to Walt Longmire’s first days as sheriff. A warm, fuzzy, suspenseful tale, something for everyone.

The classic Christmas story: a World War 2 B-25 airplane blasts through a horrific snowstorm on a Christmas Eve mission of mercy.

— From Ron's Picks

Kim's Staff Pick (December 2013): Nobody could blame you for thinking that the Circle in Dave Eggers’ new novel is just another name for Google – or Apple, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It’s not, Eggers claims – though that’s all but impossible to believe, given the similarities. Instead, the Circle is a mega-corporation that has, in the near-future world of The Circle, devoured all of the above – it is not one of these companies, but all of them. And, through this corporate consumption, the Circle has gobbled up all of us, along with its competitors.

The Circle is the first attempt I’ve seen in contemporary literature that paints, in vivid detail, the consequences of living in a world that shuns the ideal of privacy. Unlike its predecessor, George Orwell’s 1984, however, it explores the path to tyranny rather than a world consumed by it, far beyond the point of no return. But its world is not just similar to our own – it is our world, if to a less extreme degree. It makes its point – that total transparency is tyranny – without question, and with dire consequences for its characters.

— From Kim B's Picks

Description


A Christmas novella for fans of the hit drama series LONGMIRE now on Netflix and the New York Times-bestselling series.
Craig Johnson's new novel, The Western Star, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.

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.

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 novel, Any Other Name, will be published June 3, 2014. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com and aetv.com/longmire.

Praise For…


Praise for Spirit of Steamboat

“A nail-biter.”—Publishers Weekly

“Johnson is a born storyteller, and he spins this old-fashioned adventure tale deftly….An extremely pleasant present for fans of this popular series.”—Booklist

“A suspenseful adventure story….Series fans along with adventure and Western readers will raptly devour the details.”—Library Journal

“Like flint to stone, the sparks fly and the humour is brilliant and barbed. . .”—Fresh Fiction

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 he’s witnessed. Unlike traditional genre novelists who obsess mainly over every hairpin plot turn, Johnson’s 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 Walt’s world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and it’s 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…There’s a convincing feel to the whole package: a sense that you’re viewing this territory through the eyes of someone who knows it as adoring lover and skeptical onlooker at the same time.”—The Washington Post
 

“Johnson’s 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670015788
ISBN-10: 0670015784
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: October 17th, 2013
Pages: 160
Language: English