Book Review: Dry Bones by: Craig Johnson


Publisher: Viking Books

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Wyoming’s beloved lawman must solve his coldest case yet when a T. Rex skeleton surfaces—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka County

When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it would appear to have nothing to do with Walt. That is, until the Cheyenne rancher who finds her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties vie for ownership of the priceless remains, including rancher Danny Lone Elk’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, the Deputy Attorney General, and a cadre of FBI men, Walt must recruit undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Dog to investigate a sixty-six million year-old cold case that’s starting to heat up fast.

Review: In DRY BONES, Walt Longmire must investigate a new death along with a very cold case. Walt and Victoria (Vic) Moretti find the body of Danny Lone Elk while the largest and most complete fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex has been discovered in Absaroka County on Cheyenne land belonging to the Lone Elk family. There are many individuals and groups vying for the T. Rex skeleton, not the least of which are the Cheyenne tribe, the FBI, and the Deputy State Attorney General. In the meantime, Walt’s daughter Cady and granddaughter Lola are flying out from Philadelphia for a visit. DRY BONES is a robust and well-written novel. I’ve now read only two of the Longmire series books and I’ve enjoyed them both without reading the whole series. The characters are distinctive and formidable, each bringing a different aspect of the story to life. There is both humor and sadness in DRY BONES, making for a story which really hits the heart. I definitely recommend DRY BONES and Walt Longmire!

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