Tuesday, November 15, 2016

THE HIGHWAYMAN by Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson’s The Highwayman is a Walt Longmire novella.

Longmire and Henry Standing Bear help Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman deal with a ghost in Wind River Canyon.

The ghost of a long-dead highway patrolman sends distress signals on the highway patrol radio. Rosey’s supervisor thinks she is imagining the signals. He thinks she needs mental evaluation.

Walt and Henry Standing Bear ride with Rosie to hear the signals. Finally, they do hear the signals. Walt is skeptical, believing someone has cracked the radio codes needed to send the signals. But Henry Standing Bear sees it differently. The spirits are alive for him. They walk through Wind River Canyon.

Oddly enough, they are both right.

Along the way, Longmire and Standing Bear run across an Arapaho medicine woman whose history and magic change everything.

The Highwayman is intriguing. It has much native American lore. It delves into Rosey Wayman’s history. And it has the often usual Walt Longmire life-threatening struggle with an element of nature.

I have mixed feelings about the Longmire stories. In some ways they have come to seem stereotyped to me. After Walt ended up in a life-threatening snowstorm two books in a row, I quit reading about Longmire for a while.

But I always enjoy the dialogue, the characters, and, for the most part, the plots in the Longmire books.

The Highwayman was a good way for me get back into Walt Longmire.

I borrowed this Kindle book from our local library.

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