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The Highwayman: A Longmire Story    by Craig Johnson order for
by Craig Johnson
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Viking, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's another Longmire novella from Craig Johnson, with ghostly, even spiritual, elements to it - The Highwayman. Essentially, Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear rush to the rescue when one of their own is in trouble.

Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman was transferred to Wind River Canyon and has been there for three months now. She claims to have been receiving 'officer needs assistance' calls from legendary Bobby Womack at the same time, 12:34 a.m., every night. But the Arapaho patrolman was burned to death in the canyon decades before, and Rosey's bosses want her to have a psychiatric evaluation.

Complicating matters, the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway is reputed to be haunted. Walt and Henry consult an enigmatic Arapaho medicine woman and talk to Josey's boss, as well as the retired trooper who had the patrol before her. There's a link to a theft of antique silver dollars, for which Bobby Womack came under suspicion, 'Because he was an Indian.' These silver dollars keep popping into the investigation, as does a ghostly guardian.

After many false starts, Walt and the Cheyenne Nation do hear the 'officer needs assistance' call themselves. They find out what really happened, both recently and a long time before - and Walt hits the jackpot.

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