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Spirit of Steamboat: A Longmire Story (Walt Longmire Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Johnson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Christmas novella for fans of the hit drama series LONGMIRE now on Netflix and the New York Times–bestselling series

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2893 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1N92WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: It was Tuesday, the day before Christmas, and I wasn't expecting visitors.

A woman walks into the office of Sheriff Walt Longmire on Christmas Eve. She seems to know Walt but refuses to give her name. Instead she insists on seeing retired Sheriff Lucian Connally, now living at the Durant Home for Assisted Living. Once there, she proceeds to tell a story of events that involved them all on Christmas Eve in 1988--when Walt's wife was still alive--that involves a life flight during a blizzard and a vintage airplane known as "Spirit of Steamboat."

Once upon a time, there was an author named Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter) who wrote the 87th Precinct books. What set him apart was his skill at writing a 150-page book with fully-developed characters, exceptional dialogue and descriptions, a strong story line and a suspenseful, tightly-constructed police procedural. Mr. Johnson is a worthy successor to Mr. McBain.

Mr. Johnson is a consummate story teller. And when it's a story within a story, it's even better. When there is as much depth to an author's writing as there is to his, it is such a gift to the reader. Johnson makes mention of both the Trolley problem--Philippa Foot's ethical questions--and Indian mysticism, both of which add depth to the characters--and what wonderful, fully-developed characters they are--and the story.

Johnson's descriptions are evocative "...[she] was small and delicately boned with pale skin and what looked like a hairline crack in the porcelain of her forehead, almost as if she'd been made of china and at one point dropped.' When he describes being cold, you are cold. His ability to write natural dialogue with just the right touch of wry humor ranks Johnson among the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story from Craig Johnson 9 Nov. 2014
By P.D
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Spirit of Steamboat is a fantastic story. I found it really exciting even though I knew everyone survived, as the character Walt Longmire is relating something that happened in the past! I meant to try to make the book last but in the end I couldn't put it down. I felt it was a very uplifting story & was both happy & sad when I had finished reading it; sad because I had read it so fast & it was over. I will be reading it again just as I am with all my Walt Longmire books. If you are a fan of Longmire (or even if you haven't read one of these books before) & you haven't read this book I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 17 Jan. 2015
A great story, not as long as the usual books, but it is cheaper than normal.

This is a terrific Longmire story and worth reading.
It is very exciting and even if you are not a Longmire fan yet, if you are into exciting tales then read this one.
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For any fan of Walt Longmire this is a welcome addition to the canon. A tale of two pasts, it's heartwarming and surprisingly tense - well worth purchasing. And as soon as it comes out on Kindle I'll be buying it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book-made me think 9 Sept. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Craig Johnson is one of the authors that I eagerly look out for. Such a good book-made me think, laugh and feel sad when it was finished. Can't wait for the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good characters, and a clear storyline throughout 22 Jun. 2015
By P. King
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A very original tale. Good characters, and a clear storyline throughout. Again some good humour.
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