The Highwayman

The Highwayman

Book - 2016
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"When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago. With an investigation that spans this world and the next, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear take on a case that pits them against a legend: The Highwayman."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2016
ISBN: 9780735220898
Characteristics: xiii, 190 p. ; 19 cm

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sshaull Jul 18, 2017

My favorite living author, and one of my favorite series. The only problem with The Highwayman is that it's not a novel. A great read that does not disappoint.

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

(Watch the drive, thru the three tunnels on Route 20 adjacent to the Wind River, in "Videos.") A fast moving action thriller when Walt and Henry got involved to trace "fathom" calls heard on the radio of a HP officer who had deep roots in the territory she patrolled. As other Longmire stories, it is up to readers to decide if the legend of The Highwayman was paranormal or just superstition. Put me down in the undecided.

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7626dee
Jul 02, 2016

Not your typical Longmire story. Nice to get into the Native side for a bit and the Sheriff seems to be getting over his long time funk. Longmire needs a lady!

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LuvReadingStuff
Jul 01, 2016

I have not yet read a Craig Johnson book that I did not like. Thanks to the Longmire TV series, I can put a face to the characters as I read the books. I too cannot wait until the next.

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Amym69
Jun 16, 2016

This was a great ghost story to tide the avid readers of Walt Longmire over till the next full length novel! There were just enough creepy descriptions and danger to keep the reader entertained. The usual play-by-play between Henry and Walt were hilarious.

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caj1222204441801
May 25, 2016

No matter what this author writes its an instant love that book moment. I love the characters and their families and the way they interact with the sheriff and highway patrol.

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mchan2014
May 19, 2016

The only disappointing thing about this is that this is a long story not a feature novel. One can finish this is less than 2 hours. Other than that, it is typical Craig Johnson>> GREAT!
Can't wait for his next full-length novel - An Obvious Fact!!!

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

There is a canyon in the heart of Wyoming carved by a river called Wind and a narrow, opposing, two-lane highway that follows its every curve like a lover.
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“Did they search the canyon?” She laughed. “It’s twenty miles long, Walt. You could hide an entire town up in here and nobody would ever find it.”
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Treasury ran onto a bunch from the New Orleans mint that had been double-struck in error, which resulted in a doubling up of Lady Liberty’s lips, nose, and chin— hence the moniker ‘Hot Lips Morgan.’
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We pray that these foods will keep us healthy as long as the sun follows its path in the sky.

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

“You know what you get when you have sixty-four Cherokees in one room?” I glanced at him sideways. “One Indian."
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I’ve done some crazy things in my life, but asking women their age isn’t one of them.
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“You know, the legend goes that the Indians arrived here after crossing the great sea of the Big Horn Basin, and the land was so big that it made it impossible for the people to find game, so they prayed to the Creator and asked him to help. He did, by draining the sea and catching the water and the fish and game in the narrow canyon, and the people were saved.”
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It was one of those crisp Wyoming spring mornings that made you feel sorry for anyone who lived anywhere else.

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

“You don’t think it could’ve been just a random, chance kind of thing?” “No. In my experience with the residents of the Camp of the Dead, they rarely act randomly or leave things to chance.” “That supposition still depends on the willful suspension of all critical, rational thinking and a belief in things that go bump in the night.”
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“There was a beautiful woman, proud and independent, who wanted no man and painted her tepee herself. ... The woman was very afraid and raised up a piece of wood, ready to strike the wolf, when she noticed the red handprint on the wolf’s back ... Later, when she arrived home, she saw that the tepee flap was undone and there was blood in the entrance. Still holding the stick, she pushed the flap open and entered, finding the most handsome man she had ever seen sitting in the back with a bandage wrapped around his head.” ... “So, he was the wolf.” “No, he was the sun.” “I don’t get it.”

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

“He died in fire. It is a bad way to go.” “I don’t know if there are any good ones.” She flapped the hand at me again. “There are many, but fire is bad. The terrible thing about fire is that you become one with the wind, your ashes carried around the world over and over again seeking peace but finding none.
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“The dead only want the same as the living.” “Which is?” “To be understood, but to help him be understood you must first understand him.”
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“How much did you win?” She flapped a hand in dismissal. “I lost seventeen dollars.” “I thought you could see the future?” “I can, and I saw myself losing eighteen dollars, so I made out all right.
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Henry called Kimama, but she wasn’t home— I suggested she was probably out riding her broom.

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

I plunged into the Wind River and it seemed as though the 640 muscles in my body contracted to the point of breaking all 206 bones.
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“Look, I’ve seen some amazing things in this life, some things I can’t explain, but I’m not willing to go with the out-of-this-world supposition until it’s been proven to me that it’s not of this world. That’s part of our job, to find answers, and I’m not willing to throw up my hands and say there are none until I’m sure there aren’t any.”
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The Bear had discussed the ceremony with me, explaining that it wasn’t an exorcism but more of a plea that the spirit should find peace in this world and finally be allowed to proceed to the next. “Noncombative” was the way the Cheyenne Nation had described it. He had laughed at this point and posited the thought that trying to get the spirits of the departed to do what we wanted was a low-sum game in that they had lost everything, and what in the world did we have to offer in exchange?
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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

It was strange the paths the human heart chose to take and the attachments it made along the way. The surest sign of the altruistic nature of the organ is its ability to ignore race, color, creed, and gender and just blindly love with all its might— one of the most irrefutable forces on earth.
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“The dead only want the same as the living.” “Which is?” “To be understood, but to help him be understood you must first understand him.”
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“American Indian Religious Freedom Act— it was established to allow the Native peoples the right to preserve their religious and cultural practices. It allows them access to sacred sites and the freedom to worship through ceremony with possession of objects considered sacred.” ... “Ancient history.” “1978.”

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jimg2000
Sep 28, 2016

I glanced over at the Cheyenne Nation just to make sure he was seeing what I was seeing as the figure continued to stand in the middle of the road with its back to us, peering into the conflagration inside.
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“Just so you know, you are way out on a limb with this hypothesis.” He braced a hand on the dash as we made the last turn. “Do you have another?”
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Which left us with Rosey, who had whiplash, a dislocated hip, two broken ribs and a broken collarbone, three shattered fingers on her left hand, and a black eye. All in all, I thought she’d gotten off easy.
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... I remembered Kimama’s warning that I needed to respect the beliefs of people who had been in this part of the world thousands of years before mine.
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“And here I am, talking to an empty tunnel.”
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At least that’s our story, the owl and me.

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