Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire Series #6)

Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire Series #6)

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by Craig Johnson
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Dry Bones, a modern-day range war in the sixth novel in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series LONGMIRE

Craig Johnson's The Highwayman is now available from Viking. An Obvious Fact will be available in September 2016

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dry Bones, a modern-day range war in the sixth novel in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series LONGMIRE

Craig Johnson's The Highwayman is now available from Viking. An Obvious Fact will be available in September 2016.

Junkyard Dogs, the sixth installment in the New York Times bestselling Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit Netflix original drama series, takes us to Durant, Wyoming. It's a volatile new economy in Durant when the owners of a multimillion-dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent Stewart junkyard. Meeting the notorious Stewart clan is an adventure unto itself, and when conflict erupts—and someone ends up dead—Sheriff Walt Longmire, his lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Santiago Saizarbitoria and Victoria Moretti find themselves in a small town that feels more and more like a high-plains pressure cooker.

The hilarious and suspenseful sixth book in the Longmire series from The New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies finds our sheriff up to his badge in the darker aspects of human nature, making his way through the case with a combination of love, laughs, and derelict automobiles.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Johnson's sixth mystery featuring Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire (after 2009's Dark Horse) will remind readers that a big city isn't necessary for a compelling crime story and enduring hero. One blizzardy February day, Walt and his deputies—Victoria Moretti and Santiago Saizarbitoria—visit the Durant, Wyo., dump, owned by the Stewart family, to investigate a severed thumb found in a discarded cooler. There they discover that the Stewart family patriarch, George, was almost killed after someone dragged him behind a '68 Toronado. Walt winds up playing peacemaker between the cantankerous Stewarts, longtime Durant residents, and the owner of a new housing development bordering the junkyard. When a search of the dump unearths a surprising side business and two deaths follow, Walt realizes he has bigger problems on his hands. Series fans as well as newcomers will cheer the laconic Walt every step of the way. 8-city author tour. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
In rural Absaroka County, Wyo., where Sheriff Walt Longmire keeps an uneasy peace, junk isn't always junk. It's often worse. Geo Stewart, 72, is the kind of man broken bones happen to. That's old news to the docs at Durant Memorial Hospital. This time, however, along with a fractured clavicle-the result of being drawn some distance roped to the rear of an ancient Oldsmobile-Geo has a bit of unsettling news for the docs, who will pass it on to Sheriff Longmire, whose life it will immeasurably complicate. When he's not in the hospital, Geo is steward of the Durant dump, which he prefers to call the "Municipal Solid Waste Facility." In this capacity, he's found a severed thumb. Since no one has reported it missing, Sheriff Walt has a mystery on his hands. And since nothing is ever as easy in Absaroka County as counting noses, or digits, the mystery will only deepen and develop links to other local mysteries, such as exactly what kind of crop is being harvested in a certain Durant basement, or who's responsible for the sudden surge in the county homicide rate. Or, knottiest of all, what to do about the unseemly, ongoing romantic comedy starring grizzled, wintry Walt and Deputy Victoria Moretti, his feisty, foul-mouthed, adorable girl of summer. It's hard to imagine a more likable lawman than Sheriff Walt (The Dark Horse, 2009, etc.). Thumbs up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143119531
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Series:
Walt Longmire Series , #6
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
54,548
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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 twenty-five.

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Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire Series #6) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
suzbluz More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Our library only has 2 Longmire books and I just could not put this one down. The first 4 pages made me laugh out loud. Johnson has a gift for humor mixed with the serious. Since getting hooked on the new Longmire TV series I just had to read Junkyard Dog and loved it. I lived in Wyoming for a couple of years, Laramie to be exact and his description of the snow, cold, and wind though haunting, beautiful and dangerous is the reason I now live in Florida. :) Still that area of the country is fascinating and rich with history. This series of books is a genuine tribute to the mysterious appeal of Wyoming.
Buffalo52dog More than 1 year ago
Good read for a rainy day. Longmire rules!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend all of the books I have read in this series so far. Well written, great characters, good mysteries with a dose of humor thrown in. Plus, Craig Johnson knows Wyoming. I have been passing these books along to my friends and they are all hooked on them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as always, the humor, the suspense! My husband and I love Longmire. What a gifted writer.
nana-et-al More than 1 year ago
Like all the previous books in this series by Craig Johnson, it is excellent. Before I knew it I'd finished the book. I also enjoy reading the Penguin readers guide at the back of the book. It's always very informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Craig Johnson has created a thrilling series set in the hard scruff plains of Wyoming. His characters quickly become living breathing people and you feel like you can feel the dirt under your boots while reading. Longmire is a real hero, a tough yet compassionate, and emotionally vulnerable man. Vic.... well let's just say that I' like to have dinner with Vic for just one evening.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Craig Johnson's books, read by George Guidall, have something of the wise old dad about them. No matter that Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, is not so old he doesn't lust after his deputy, the apple-assed Vic Moretti. That just makes him more of a man. And man he is. Bearing all manner of physical insult, he comes out on top once again, chasing his quarry through an 18" snowstorm high in the hills surrounding Red Lodge, Montana. The ridiculous nature of the events that set off a chain of murders can only be based in truth because no novelist would create such stories for fear his tribe of readers would leave him for dead. In interviews Johnson tells us that he gets the basis for his outrageous stories from his friends in the police, so the one about the man cleaning the chimney in the middle of the winter with a rag soaked in kerosene, and tied with a rope to the bumper of a Durango, has got to be true. Hard as it is to believe. But it is the home-smoked flavor of these great western stories that make this series so...home grown. This is a series I allow myself to savor like a fine cigar. I pace myself, withholding the pleasure of beginning a new story until I feel I have earned a special treat. They are soothing to the soul, funny to the bone, candy for the brain, and oh-so-reassuring for those among us who fear wisdom eludes our public servants.
maggie70GA More than 1 year ago
Craig Johnson brings all the 'characters' in his novels to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual he comes through with another great book! Quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts very humorously I was reading in bed and laughing out loud. The descriptions of the cold really make me feel the frigid cold. I really did not guess who the killer was until near the end. I suspected who that the killer was more than they appeared to be early in the novel. Just a really good mystery all around
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
This has been my least favorite book in the series thus far. I figured out the last book (The Dark Horse) before I should have but it was because my health problems gave me some insight that most readers probably wouldn't know. This book wasn't like that - this book isn't as polished as the others in the series. There are at least two spoilers scenes that jumped out at me because the conversations were out of place and my immediate thought was: why bring this up right now? There's more important stuff going on...oh, wait. It would only be brought up if it tied in to the case somehow. And most of the clues I needed to solve this crime were right there in those scenes that felt out of place. Thank you for trying Mr. Johnson but you didn't get one over me this time. And I do expect better, because one of the things I like about this series is that I wasn't able to solve the first books until I was supposed to - I was along for the ride with Walt. This book made me feel too far ahead of him. However, this book continues building the romances slow and steady, just the way I like. And the romantic plot-threads are what kept me going through this book because I have no idea where these romances are headed (and I want to know). I prefer romances written by men and targeted at men, they feel more real to me than bodice-ripper romances, and this series, taken as a whole, is a superb example of how romances should be done.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
Action from the beginning to end just the way I liked it. The first four Longmire books I read was ok, the fifth was really good, but this one was truly amazing. There was just so much in this book that I loved. The case was interesting and never dull and the ending was surprising. There was a lot Walt and Vic, which is always great. And of course poor Walt who always gets hurt and ends up in the hospital.
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Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I've been reading (or in some cases, listening to the Audio CD version where George Guidell reads to me) Craig Johnson's Longmire series in order.  So far, Junkyard Dogs has been the most fun of all the books in this series.  Much as Dana Stabenow did with Breakup, the author realizes that a serious series sometimes needs a lighter touch as a change of pace – and Craig certainly did that with this book. We have a family who has run a local junkyard for years.  Developers are trying to convince local zoning to change the rules and force them out.  The owners are resistant – they've moved once before, and in both cases, they were there first!  (Oh, and might there be ANOTHER reason or two why the family doesn't want to leave their current location?  And might there be closer ties to the junkyard family and the developers than is apparent at first glance?) Not going to say too much – just going to pat author Craig Johnson on the back, offer to buy him a Ranier Beer, pass on my highest recommendations to the next potential reader, and move on to the next book. RATING: 5 stars.
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