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Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery    by Craig Johnson order for
Junkyard Dogs
by Craig Johnson
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Penguin, 2011 (2010)
Hardcover, Paperback, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

At the outset of Junkyard Dogs, Sheriff Walt Longmire thinks life cannot get any stranger, but more than a few people in the northern Wyoming town of Durant seem to be in a conspiracy to prove him wrong: first, an old man tethered to the end of a rope somehow survives after being dragged for two miles through the ice and snow behind an old car (more accurately, a 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado); second, a frozen body part (more accurately, a man's thumb) mysteriously appears in an abandoned Styrofoam cooler; and third, Longmire and his deputy discover what might be one of the most bizarre oddities ever to be found anywhere (more accurately, something thriving in an abandoned tunnel once used by a brothel's patrons).

Then, making everything else seem less significant - at least at first - a man who apparently died of a heart attack is discovered in a rusty old Mercury in a junkyard, and another man - wearing little more than a bathrobe, but toting a recently purchased 20 gauge shotgun - is found dead on a park bench.

Put everything together, throw in some humor and mayhem, include some of the most intriguing characters you'll ever find in contemporary mystery fiction, and you have the highly recommended Junkyard Dogs. As the sixth in the critically acclaimed Walt Longmire mystery series, this is one that readers will not want to miss. (And - if readers are looking for even more - there is even better news: Hell is Empty, the newest in the series will soon be on shelves. (Look for a review of the latest here at BookLoons in the very near future.)

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