dry bones book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dry Bones is the 11th book in the Longmire mystery series. This is the first I’ve read and there is even a TV series (which I hadn’t heard of but would like to watch!). The good news is that even though there are 10 preceding books, they don’t need to be read to enjoy this one. However, I hope to find the time and start at the beginning now!

In this book, dry bones refer to a recently discovered dinosaur. More specifically, one of the largest and most intact Tyrannosaurus Rex found to date. The problem, of course, is that everyone seems to think they have a claim on the beast which causes a lot of trouble. On top of that, the owner of the ranch where the T-Rex was found is himself found floating facedown in in a reservoir.

At first it looks like the old man just had a heart attack, but the timing is pretty suspect so foul play isn’t ruled out. The old man was part of the Indian Nation and his family has a claim on the T-Rex. The paleontologist who found the T-Rex, the museum owner who financed the dig, and an acting assistant district attorney who wants to make a name for himself all push to have a claim as well.

Sheriff Longmire finds himself in the middle of the circus just wishing it would all go away. On top of that it appears something from his past might have cropped up causing a family tragedy. So while dealing with a loss, he has to play games with the AADA and a paranoid scientist who fears government intervention, and when shots are fired, he just gets really mad.

The story in Dry Bones was good, most of the characters were likable, and all felt believable. Dog might have been my second favorite character after Standing Bear. It was an easy read, it had tension but it wasn’t graphic; it felt more like a western. A modern western with Longmire as a bit of an old fashioned sheriff. I think the series is definitely worth a read and I plan on reading more when I get my hands on the books!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Viking. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.