The Western Star (Walt Longmire Series #13)

The Western Star (Walt Longmire Series #13)

by Craig Johnson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525426950
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Walt Longmire Series , #13
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 98,411
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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, and his novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

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The Western Star 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating book that was hard to put down. Moving you between past and present with great ease of transition, the story flowed from both directions. Subtle clues and a great twist makes it worth reading twice. Hurry up and write the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book-- a more than worthy next chapter in a brilliant series of books. The author expertly weaves the past (the start of Walt's career with Lucien) with the present to create a story that grips you from the first page to the last page. I stayed up far too late in order to read it in one sitting! I'm hoping the next one is already plotted out and soon to be published. Appealing and interesting characters, intelligent mysteries, smart dialogue, interesting settings, action, humor, pathos: these books have it all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feeling melancholic over the ending of 6 seasons of Longmire TV, I could not wait for the release of The Western Star. WOW!!! Seems like we’ve just begun a new series, with a new Walt. Can’t wait for the next chapter. Thank you, Craig Johnson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Walt and Henry. I think I would like to be Vic's friend, but she's scary. Craig Johnson honors the tradition of the cowboy poet. I have used some passages in other books as examples in my literature classes. Long live Walt, Henry, Vic, Cady, and Absaroka County!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Johnson begins this chapter in Walt Longmire's story at the pace of an old-time passenger rail excursion but concludes the cliff-hanger as a runaway freight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the author may provide an ending in the next series publication. Then read the two books together. This reads too much like a TV script, very disappointing from this formerly talented author. Short story on a deadline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Delphimo 10 months ago
What a disappointing ending, in order to learn the outcome, the next book must be read. I firmly dislike cliff hangers, like "Who shot JR". The book jumps back and forth from when Walt first takes up law enforcement to Walt preparing for his final years as sheriff. The interesting story rests in the description of the steam engine train and its last run, loaded with all the sheriffs. Walt assists in discovering a mass killer and the story jumps to current times with the convicted killer attempting to leave prison due to old age and sickness. Craig Johnson tells a descriptive and exciting story, and his characters jump off the pages and engage the reader to witness the events and interpret the outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sheriff, you cannot leave me hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always fantastic but this one is exceptional!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mystery on a train from long ago intrigues the reader while a developing mystery answers a puzzling question connecting the past to the present. A foreboding challenge propels Walt forward on a dark mission against an arch enemy. A fine story with complex characters and strong relationships.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
The Western Star is a Sheriff Walt Longmire tale with a twist. The majority of the story takes place in 1972 flashback sections to the steam driven train that carried all the twenty-four sheriff's of Wyoming counties, a special vintage excursion train from Cheyenne to Evanston called the Western Star that every year hosted the Sheriff's Association annual meeting. Walt has been deputy sheriff to Lucian Connolly for only a couple of weeks, married to Martha just a couple of months, and home from Vietnam and then Alaska less than a month. Walt is the only deputy on the train, surrounded by sheriff's old and new, one girlfriend, and the Western Star staff. The flash forward to the present day involves the whole group of folks Walt loves - Vic, Henry, Dog and Lucian accompany him to Cheyenne to visit Walt's daughter Cady, now working for the state attorney general, and her daughter Lola. Every four years Walt travels to the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy to renew his weapons certification and then on to Cheyenne to attend the parole hearing of the most dangerous man he has encountered during his lifetime in the law. And Kim Wheeler is the common denominator between 1972 and Caty's disappearance today. Kim, and Walt's long time adversary Bidarte. But we will have to read the next Walt Longmire book to find out how this story ends....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait for the next book. Always good, always spellbinding, and always captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm usually not one who likes to read books that jump between stories, but this one was well written. I'm not crazy about cliff hangers, but this one needed to be written in this manner! I'll be watching for the next book......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait for it...
WickedScribbler More than 1 year ago
TL:DR Craig punted the word count of a novella up to novel status and it's mediocre at best. While Craig Johnson hasn't jumped the shark just yet, he is polishing the water skis with this novel. This novel follows the same story layout as "Another Man's Moccasins", bouncing between past and present in an incoherent manner, while trying to tie each act of both time periods together. The past story, the story of The Western Star would have been better treated as stand alone novella. As for the story in the present, it's nothing but page filler to up the word count to novel status. In the present, Walt's daughter and granddaughter are nothing but set pieces, Henry is Henry, and Vic may as well have not made it into the book for all that she has to do, although that's been common the last couple of books. Character development is nonexistent to the point where I actually think it degrades the development from the first novels. It's an okay book, which does have one my favorite lines concerning Walt's ability to use a telephone, but compared to the novels that came before, it's a slog to get through and I spent about half my time wanting to tell Walt to just shut up about unnecessary things and tell the story. but then, page filler to pad out a novella into a novel. Your mileage may vary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the two storylines weaving in and out. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks for always leaving us wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We learn more about what made our hero love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is the. Next book coming ou? Can’t wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only problem is how long will we have to wait for the rest of the story to be finished. Should at least tell us when the next book will be published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great wrap up of books and TV series with many twists and turns as early story line alternates with all new story .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Craig Johnson has crafted a twisted tale in The Western Star. The ending will leave you shaking in your boots. It is criminal that we will have to wait on the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed most of CJ books. This one was Hard to follow.Forced myself to finish it. Lame ending. The story should have ended with this book, not his next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Longmire's more interesting tales