Another Man's Moccasins: A Longmire Mystery
Penguin, 2015 (2009)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Tim Davis
s a special tie-in edition to season four of the hit show
- now available to stream on Netflix - Craig Johnson's fourth Walt Longmire mystery,
Another Man's Moccasins
, has been reissued in trade paperback, on sale October 20, 2015.
eteran sheriff Walt Longmire – strong, fallible, stoic, sensitive, vulnerable, and skeptical – lives and works in Absaroka, Wyoming, but another faraway place has left indelible marks on his heart-and-soul: Vietnam, and he is about to be dramatically reminded of his Marine Corps experiences in that faraway, war-torn country in the 1960s.
n an otherwise uneventful day, Longmire must take on the one job all law enforcement officers dread: the body-dump. The dead body of a provocatively dressed young woman is discovered in a roadside culvert. And except for the blue coloring of her face, a swollen eye, and the tell-tale indications of a broken neck, someone might have thought she was asleep. But then the grotesque crime becomes even more mysterious: the victim is Vietnamese. So, other than figuring out who was responsible for such a crime, there is another question that really bothers Longmire: What the hell was a Vietnamese woman doing in northern Wyoming?
possible suspect is quickly located near the crime scene, and he is immediately arrested after a brutal confrontation with Longmire. The ragged man wears an old army field jacket, tattered plaid-lined overalls, and intricately beaded moccasins. And as someone also observes, '
That is one Fucking Big Indian.
ut Longmire doubts that the large, unidentified man is really guilty of killing the young woman. A few other people – also strangers to Wyoming – apparently know more than they are willing to say. But there are also personal problems for Longmire in this case: he can feel the ghosts crowing in around him, and, yes, when the investigation is completed, Longmire will admit that Vietnam had overtaken him again. Bizarre circumstances, two desperate people, a bad man, a battered photograph, and a faded letter are all unexpected complications that make this one of the sheriff's most challenging cases.
ell, that should be enough of a preview to tweak your interest. Know, however, that the bottom-line is this:
Another Man's Moccasins
is another first-rate installment in a must-read series, so don't miss it!
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