160 pages, 7.25 × 5.25 × 0.63 in
October 17, 2013
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670015784
ISBN - 13: 9780670015788
Read from the Book
**This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.**1It was Tuesday, the day before Christmas, and I wasn’t expecting visitors. I stared at my arch?nemesis, the little red light on my phone that connected me via the intercom to my dispatcher, Ruby, in the other room. If I raised my voice through the open door—?even over the drone of the lite-?jazz Christmas carols playing in the background—?the reception would be better, but Ruby is a stickler for procedure, so I push the button except for emergencies.I stared out the window at the fat, heavy flakes falling like in a snow globe; it had been windy in the morning, but there hadn’t been too many accidents on the county’s snow-?covered roadways, and with the updated weather reports, it was looking more and more like it was going to be a peaceful and quiet Christmas—?something I rarely got in my business. I had no plans—?my undersheriff, Victoria Moretti, and her mother, Lena, had decided to go to Belize for Christmas, and my daughter, Cady, was expecting my first grandchild in January and was too pregnant to travel. I was looking forward to the postholidays when Henry and I would fly to Philadelphia to meet the baby, whose name was to be Lola. I had thought her name was to be Martha after my late wife, but Cady had decided on Lola and that was, as they say, that.I placed my book flat on my desk, words up, the weight of the sentiment holding it open. Taking a sip from my chipped Denver Broncos coffee mug, I punched th
From the Publisher
A holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E’s hit show Longmire
“It’s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don’t.”
Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he’s interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn’t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman’s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle’s and swears he’s never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers “Steamboat” and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival . . . back to a record– breaking blizzard, to Walt’s first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety . . . back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.
Back to the Spirit of Steamboat.
About the Author
Craig Johnson is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for Longmire, the hit A&E original drama series. Johnson's next Longmire novel, Any Other Name, will be published June 3, 2014. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com and aetv.com/longmire.
Praise for Spirit of Steamboat“A nail-biter.”—Publishers Weekly“Johnson is a born storyteller, and he spins this old-fashioned adventure tale deftly….An extremely pleasant present for fans of this popular series.”—Booklist“A suspenseful adventure story….Series fans along with adventure and Western readers will raptly devour the details.”—Library Journal“Like flint to stone, the sparks fly and the humour is brilliant and barbed. . .”—Fresh FictionPraise for Craig Johnson and the Walt Longmire Mystery Series “Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he’s witnessed. Unlike traditional genre novelists who obsess mainly over every hairpin plot turn, Johnson’s books are also preoccupied with the mystery of his characters’ psyches.”—Los Angeles Times “Johnson knows the territory, both fictive and geographical, and tells us about it in prose that crackles.”—Robert B. Parker “The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence.”—The New York Times “[Walt Longmire] is an easy man to like…Johnson evokes the rugged landscape with reverential prose, lending a heady atmosphere to his story.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Stepping into Walt’s world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and it’s where those slippers lead that provides a thrill. Johnson pens a series that should become a ‘m