Depth of Winter is the fourteenth book in the Walt Longmire series. I haven’t read all the books in the series yet, though I am working on it. Why? Because they are entertaining. Generally a quick read, with appropriate machismo and suspense. This one fits well alongside the others in the series quite well.
Sheriff Walt Longmire’s daughter, Cady, has been kidnapped by one of the most ruthless drug cartels in Mexico. What they want is Walt, and he’s prepared to give himself to them in order to save Cady. But the U.S. government is in some tricky negotiations with the Mexican government and Walt isn’t authorized to cross the border. In fact, the local lawmen do everything they can to stop him. But Walt Longmire is committed to facing the drug cartel on their own ground as long as it will bring his daughter to safety.
The cartel’s plan has been to bring together some of the most ruthless, despicable men who’ve ever crossed paths with Longmire (and there have been a few) and let them bid on Cady and Walt. Winning bidder gets to do as he pleases (and we see a man auctioned off and then shot point-blank in the head just prior to Cady’s auction).
But Walt is a clever man, with friends and resources wherever he goes, but following him and learning of his resources along the way is a great part of the fun of reading a Longmire book.
What surprised me with this book is his almost superhero-ness. The amount of beatings/shootings he takes and keeps coming at the bad guys is overwhelming. Having only read a few Longmire novels, I was also a little surprised at how often Cady needs Walt’s oversight. This is perhaps unfair since I haven’t read all fourteen novels and possibly I’ve read the two main books that have Cady at the center. But all-in-all, it is a good read. A ‘beach read’ perhaps. It’s not the sort of book that will sit with you long after you’ve read it, but it will be engrossing and heart-racing while you’re in it.
The Longmire books are a nice combination of modern western romance and mystery, featuring one tough sheriff.
Looking for a good book? The fourteenth book in the Walt Longmire series, Depth of Winter, by Craig Johnson, is a powerhouse of action from start to finish, with Walt’s and Cady’s lives on the line.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Depth of Winter
author: Craig Johnson
series: Walt Longmire #14
hardcover, 304 pages