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This is the sixth in a series featuring sheriff Walt Longmire and his faithful deputies, Victoria Moretti and Santiago Saizabitoria. In this literary serial, the trio makes a trip to the Durant, Wyoming, dump to check on a severed thumb found in a discarded cooler. They then discover that George Stewart
- family head and owner of the dump - was almost torn apart when he was dragged behind a 1968 Toronado. The sanitation site offers up a couple more decaying bodies, and this is enough to send our slow-moving hero out to investigate.
The sheriff is a wisecracking, justice-seeking lawman who becomes embroiled in multiple murders but never seems to lose his very dark sense of humor. Though he's boot-deep in stiffs, Longmire refuses to believe the worst and ultimately ends up being bitten in the rear, pepper-sprayed and almost shot dead because of his belief in the ultimate goodness of his fellow man.
Johnson has fun with his characters, and whether they're battling snowstorms or city politics, they remain upbeat and endearing.