Book: As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
Reviewed by: Joe T.
Craig Johnson’s ever-suffering Wyoming sheriff has a few problems to deal with in this, the eighth Walt Longmire mystery: a murder that is not in his jurisdiction, a new reservation police chief who has adopted him as her mentor and, on top of all of this, there’s a wedding for his daughter, the plans for which are slowly falling apart. Of course, hijinks ensue and eventually Longmire is arrested, nearly run over, and experiences a peyote ceremony in a book that may just be my favorite in the series.
As the Crow Flies is a great, fun read and continues Craig Johnson’s stellar run as the Robert B. Parker of the 21st century. It also proves that Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear might just be our generation’s Spencer and Hawk. So, if you’re a fan of the recently departed Parker and you love Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard tales, then this book is for you. And believe me, you WILL go back and read the rest.
On top of all that, in June, the A&E network will begin airing Longmire, the series based on the books. Starring relative unknown Robert Taylor as Walt, Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry, and Katie Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame, as much put-upon Vic, it promises to be one heck of a good time and will be sure to appeal to fans of the Elmore Leonard-inspired Justified. I can’t wait.