The A&E cable network has renewed the mystery drama called, ‘Longmire’ for a second TV season. The modern western drew record TV ratings during the summer of 2012 with the first 10 episodes. ‘Longmire’ is based on the best selling mystery novels written by Craig Johnson. The stories are set in Absaroka County, Wyoming near an Indian reservation. It surrounds Sheriff Walt Longmire portrayed by Robert Taylor & involves his best friend Henry Standing Bear portrayed by Lou Diamond Phillips. The show was filmed at Santa Fe, N.M.
The Craig Johnson mystery books have found a renewed interest by the public as the TV show enters its’ second TV season. I am a big fan of the show & decided to check out Johnson’s novels. I like to read out-of-sequence & be surprised by the writing. I grabbed “Another Man’s Moccasins” from the public library. The books are very popular here in the American southwest as his books have been completely checked out over the last 6 months. I am on the waiting list.
According to the official website of Craig Allen Johnson the synopsis of “Another Man’s Moccasins” is right here - “When the body of a young Vietnamese woman is found alongside the interstate in Absaroka County - Sheriff Walt Longmire is determined to discover the identity of the victim and is forced to confront the horrible similarities of this murder to that of his first homicide case as a marine investigator in Vietnam. -To complicate matters - Virgil White Buffalo - a Crow Indian is found living in a nearby culvert and in possession of the young woman's purse. - There are only two problems with what appears to be an open-and-shut case. One - the sheriff doesn't think Virgil White Buffalo a Vietnam vet with a troubling past is a murderer. And two - the photo that is found in the woman's purse looks hauntingly familiar to Walt.”
I read this book in three days & I was completely enthralled with the mystery. More importantly - I was engaged with the humor of Sheriff Walt Longmire & his close friendship with Henry Standing Bear who is a Cheyenne Indian. Walt calls him, “The Bear” or “The Great Cheyenne Nation” when talking in jest. They know each other so well that I laughed-out-loud by their relationship as best friends. I don’t want to give anything away because there are two murders ‘Longmire’ has to investigate. It involves these two guys who have gone through the Vietnam War together & everything else. It is an excellent & thrilling page turner.