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Prince Rupert Library John (Text) 33294002092351 Adult Fiction - Second Floor Volume hold Checked out 2021-01-29

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  • ISBN: 9780525522539
  • Physical Description: print
    regular print
    xiii, 320 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: "One of the most viewed paintings in American history, Custer's Last Fight--copied and distributed by Anheuser-Busch at a rate of over two million copies a year--was destroyed in a fire at the 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1946. Or was it? When Charley Lee Stillwater dies of an apparent heart attack at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmire is called in to try and make sense of a partial painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a million dollars, sending the good sheriff on the trail of a dangerous art heist."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Longmire, Walt -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
Sheriffs -- Wyoming -- Fiction -- Fiction
Art thefts -- Investigation -- Fiction
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction
Veterans -- Fiction
Wyoming -- Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1
    Here's the latest in Johnson's immensely popular crime novels set in the modern West. As with the earlier efforts and the television series (Longmire) they inspired, the real pleasure is the companionship of Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire and his salty pals. The starter here is real: Cassilly Adams' 1884–85 painting Custer's Last Fight. It was destroyed in a fire in 1946, but Johnson spins a different possibility: the painting survived, its owner murdered, and the painting, worth millions, stolen. Longmire must straighten all this out, and he takes his time. The first half of the novel is an amiable ramble as the principals discourse on Wyoming history, General Custer, Michelangelo's Libyan Sybil and Dickens' Bleak House. It's pedal to the metal in the second half as the murderous art fraudsters behind it all are revealed, and the action culminates in a riotous chase involving a motorized motorcade of ramped-up wheelchairs. One of them, its owner brags, is good for twenty-five miles an hour. Johnson knows it's Walt his readers crave, and he delivers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Kirkus Reviews : Kirkus Reviews 2020 July #2
    Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates a murder associated with a long-lost painting. When Charley Lee Stillwater, a resident of the Veterans' Home of Wyoming, dies and a shoe box containing $1 million is found among his otherwise modest possessions, Sheriff Longmire, who had known Stillwater for years, is called in. Preliminary questioning of Lee's cronies in the home reveals that he had had shadowy meetings with people who might have an interest in art, and a fragment of a painted canvas among his things reinforces the notion that Lee has somehow been dealing in art. With the help of his Northern Cheyenne friend Henry Standing Bear, Longmire has the fragment analyzed, and he eventually establishes that it is part of a study for Custer's Last Fight by Cassilly Adams, a mural-size painting that was for years an iconic image of the Battle of the Greasy Grass but which was destroyed in a fire in 1946. Traveling with Standing Bear and pursuing, as it were, the ghosts of Custer and Sitting Bull, Longmire explores the complex of invention and fact that looms so lar ge in the American consciousness. The value of the painting, in fact, derives not from its quality as art but from its participation in the creation of the Custer myth. This is good stuff, if a little discursive, and helps redress a historical imbalance. However, the measured tone and leisurely exploration give way to accelerating action and a somewhat fragmented plot. Some characters believe the painting still exists, and one, Count von Lehman, a slightly absurd caricature of art dealers, believes he paid a substantial amount to acquire it. Then von Lehman disappears, apparently murdered, and the niceties of civilized competition drop away. All's revealed in the end, of course. Some of the characters are richly drawn and, in the case of Standing Bear, warmly familiar, and the antics of Lee's Veterans' Home cronies are a sweet tribute to America's better angels, but the villains are disappointing, and while it's more a caper than a gritty tale, mortal crimes are committed, l i ves are changed or curtailed, and the plotting seems somehow less than the sum of its parts. Not Johnson's best work but a pleasant composition demonstrating deft brushwork. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
  • Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2020 August

    When Charley Lee Stillwater, a veteran of two wars, dies at the Veterans' Home of Wyoming, his remaining possessions stir up trouble for Sheriff Walt Longmire. Charley's room is packed with paintings, art books, and a shoebox with a million dollars in cash; it appears he died after winning at bingo, but Walt is waiting for test results. He's as intrigued about an old strange canvas found in Charley's room as he is about the cash. It seems to be a painting of the Battle of Little Bighorn, what Native Americans call "The Battle of the Greasy Grass." Before it can be authenticated, the canvas is stolen. Walt's investigation of art and money soon turns into a murder case as, one by one, his suspects disappear or die. VERDICT After Depth of Winter and Land of Wolves, Johnson lightens the atmosphere in this complex, thought-provoking mystery that highlights art and Western history, emphasizing the contrast between Native accounts and white history. The author's poetic turns of phrase, witty dialog, and one of the funniest, most memorable chase scenes in a novel combine to make this a winner.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

    Copyright 2020 Library Journal.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2020 June #2

    A real-life painting, Cassilly Adams's Custer's Last Fight, which was reproduced in the millions in the late 19th century and destroyed in a fire at Fort Bliss, Tex., in 1946, provides the backdrop for bestseller Johnson's intriguing 16th novel featuring Absaroka County, Wyo., sheriff Walt Longmire (after 2019's Land of Wolves). When Charley Lee Stillwater, a friend of Walt's, dies of a heart attack at the Veterans' Home of Wyoming, $1 million in cash and what appears to be an artist's study for a portion of the Custer painting turn up in the retired army veteran's room. Walt sets out to authenticate the partial painting—and to determine the source of the cash. The stakes rise when someone steals the artwork after knocking out the museum curator who was about to examine it. More than one murder follows. At the exciting climax, Walt coolly estimates the number of stitches in his scalp he's going to need after being shot by the surprising culprit he's closing in on. Vietnam War vet Walt shows few signs of age in this consistently entertaining series. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman Literary. (Sept.)

    Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

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