Spellbinder Saturday: Longmire Rides Again

Easy as A, B, C . . . from HA

A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson was mentioned in a blog earlier this year; not even really mentioned, just a picture of the cover inA Serpent's Tooth passing while discussing television shows based on books. It’s time to take a real look at this latest entry in the Walt Longmire series.

A Mormon “lost boy” (a term used for young men who have been excommunicated or pressured to leave polygamous Mormon fundamentalism groups) shows up in Absaroka county and, consequently, in Walt Longmire’s jail.

Longmire, his deputy Vic Moretti, and his best friend Standing Bear try to find the boy’s mother, but, of course things just aren’t going to be that easy.

In the course of the investigation, an eclectic group of characters make themselves known: an interstate polygamy group—amazingly well armed—with a 400-pound leader who happens to be the young man’s father; a delusional (or is he?) old man claiming to be Orrin Porter Rockwell, Man of God, Son of Thunder, blessed by Joseph Smith himself. Throw into the mix Big Oil and possible CIA involvement and you’ve got yourself a spellbinding pager turner.

There are some unhappy surprises in this chapter of the Longmire odyssey: the death of a well-known character and another whose life hangs in the balance at the end of the book. Any Other Name, the next book in the series is being released in the middle of May. We have to wait until then to find out the fate of this person. Talk about your cliff-hanger… (I’ve already preordered my copy.)

This is a great series and I hope you give it a try.

See you next time for Tips on Tuesday


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