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Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories    by Craig Johnson order for
Wait for Signs
by Craig Johnson
Order:  USA  Can
Viking, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's a charming little book that will make a welcome stocking stuffer for Longmire fans. Wait for Signs is filled with twelve (for the Twelve Days of Christmas?) delightful short stories about people's quirks, as well as Longmire's compassion and unique perspective on his job as a lawman. And don't miss the Introduction by Lou Diamond Phillips who plays Henry Standing Bear in the hit TV series.

As a long-time fan of Louis L'Amour's Westerns, I appreciated the introductory quote: 'Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.' It's what Lonnie Little Bird sees from his wheelchair that nets the robber in Old Indian Trick. In Ministerial Aid, Walt helps an old woman with dementia, who mistakes him for someone else. In Slick-Tongued Devil, a con artist gets more than he deserves.

In Fire Bird, Walt solves a mystery after Lucian is blamed for a fire in his retirement home. He's a Good Samaritan in Unbalanced, and acts as both Scrooge and Santa in Several Stations. In High Holidays, he nabs bad guys who didn't do their research. Walt helps a hero in Toys for Tots and makes a bet with his daughter Cady in Divorce Horse. The Cheyenne Nation deals with a unique hold-up in Thankstaking.

A great horned owl steals the show in Messenger, one of the best (and funniest) of these delightful tales. And, finally, Walt rescues Petunia, Bandit Queen of the Bighorns. Even if you haven't discovered Longmire yet, you'll find this little book a wonderful diversion in the busy holiday season.

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