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The Dark Horse

A Walt Longmire Mystery

by Craig Johnson

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  • Published in USA  May 2009
    336 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Interweaving classic noir sensibilities and humor with contemporary themes of social justice, Craig Johnson's popular Walt Longmire mysteries transport readers to the sparse and rugged landscape of Wyoming. In The Dark Horse, the sheriff investigates when his instincts tell him something isn’t right about a prisoner accused of killing her husband.

Wade Barsad, a man with a dubious past, locked his wife's horses in their barn and burned the animals alive. In return, Mary shot Wade in the head six times—or so the story goes. Walt doesn't believe Mary’s confession, and he's determined to dig deeper. Posing as an insurance claims investigator, Walt soon discovers other people who might have wanted Wade dead, including a beautiful Guatemalan bartender and a rancher with a taste for liquor, but not for honesty.

The Dark Horse is sure to build on the success of Another Man's Moccasins as Sheriff Longmire unpins his star and ventures into a town without pity to save a woman without hope.

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"Starred Review. [A] superb fifth contemporary mystery ... Series fans will delight in seeing Walt return to his cowboy roots." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Walt's fifth ... is stunningly descriptive and compulsively readable." - Kirkus Reviews

"... Johnson's deft, twisty storytelling immediately grips the reader. His latest has a heart as big as a Wyoming sky." - Library Journal

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Craig Johnson Author Biography

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Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

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