Spirit of Steamboat

Spirit of Steamboat

Book - 2013
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"A holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show Longmire "It's a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt's predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn't recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman's reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her. At the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Lucian Connally 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, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival. Back to a record-breaking blizzard, to Walt's first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety. Back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life. Back to the Spirit of Steamboat"--
Published: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780670015788
Branch Call Number: F JOH
Characteristics: xiii, 146 pages ;,19 cm


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Jan 29, 2019

All of us have a favorite author(s) and/or a favorite series we like to follow. Well, the Walt Longmire is my series to read, written by Craig Johnson. I know Walt so well and have been with him in so many of his predicaments and adventures, and have truly enjoyed each and everyone of them.

This short story is a bit out of the norm for both Craig Johnson and Walt, but all the same, all the elements which draw me in were there and as always, not a bit disappointed. Having a glimpse into the early days of Walt and some of the characters who will be prominent in future episodes, was a delight. As always, any adventure with Walt leaves you with something to think about, and even though a short story, this story was no exception.

If you are like me a Walt Longmire follower and have not read this book, I would encourage you to do so, for you will not be disappointed.

Mar 16, 2017

Not his usual style or content. He sort of lost me with the cover picture of a B-29 when the story is about a B-25. Needs to kick his publisher in the butt!

caj1222204441801 Nov 28, 2015

Loved it!!!!! A great story of love and triumph.

Jun 29, 2015

A quick novella--about an hour and a half. Smaltzy but still good.

Feb 20, 2014

A novella, not the usual Walt Longmire story.

Best read at Christmas.

Jan 20, 2014

This novella is a gem.


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