“Depth of Winter” by Craig Johnson. (Walt Longmire​ #14)

*Read between 11th October and 13th October 2018

****WARNING: SPOILER….If you have yet to read “The Western Star”, do not read any further.****

Welcome to Walt Longmire’s worst nightmare. In Craig Johnson’s latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the one-hundred-and-ten-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

Well, it had to happen, didn’t it? I’ve come to the end of the current Longmire series. I admit to feeling a little lost now with no new Longmire book to reach for.

But, Boy Howdy! It’s been one heck of a ride.

Book fourteen in the Longmire series sees our Sheriff on a mission.

This book has all the hallmarks of what we can, surely by now, call the classic Longmire tale. Except that the author, Craig Johnson, has uprooted Walt from all that he knows and from the people he can rely on by relocating the plot to Mexico. So, while the Longmire elements are all there, the tale has a subtly different flavour. It is a mix that Mr Johnson has successfully blended.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is prepared to, not only bend but break any rule as he attempts to rescue his daughter. Sheriff Walt Longmire is out of his depth, out of his familiar landscape and running out of time to save his daughter. And, he has to act alone. Vic and The Bear are unable to help him.

There is an overriding sense of menace and fury in this plot. The author has harnessed this and crafted a riveting, tense and exciting tale. The action comes fast and furious. Without having counted in each earlier tale, I am pretty sure that “Depth of Winter” has a significantly higher body count! As I have written before, don’t get too attached to any of the characters.

I believe that Walt has changed during both this book and in the “The Western Star” previously. His experiences in both tales must have taken a toll on him and, it is my opinion only, but I believe we may see a subtly different look to our sheriff in future books.

I, for one, am looking forward to discovering more when “Land of Wolves” hits the bookshelves in 2019.

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