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Dry Bones - Craig Johnson - <span class="date-display-single">06/03/2015 - 7:00pm</span>

Dry Bones

06/03/2015 - 7:00pm

The Wisconsin Book Festival and Mystery to Me Bookstore present New York Times bestselling author, Craig Johnson, for the 13th installation of the beloved Longmire mystery series.  Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming, must solve his coldest case yet when a T. rex fossil turns up alongside a dead rancher. Dry Bones, by New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson, is the 13th in the mystery series which inspired the hit TV show Longmire, soon to be on Netflix for its upcoming fourth season.


“Jen”—nick-named after the paleontologist who discovered her—is the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever to be discovered. Sheriff Longmire doesn’t think too much of it until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher who lays claim to the fossil, is found dead and floating in a turtle pond, and Walt finds himself caught in the middle of an ownership dispute involving the deceased man’s family, the Cheyenne tribe, Wyoming’s acting Deputy U.S. Attorney, and the FBI.


As things begin to heat up with the sixty-six-million-year-old cold case, Walt must also grapple with a shocking tragedy that leaves his daughter heartbroken. At a loss when it comes to comforting his daughter and newborn granddaughter, Walt’s longtime friend Henry Standing Bear steps in to lend a hand.


Meanwhile, residents of Absaroka County are determined to “save Jen” from those who want to remove the dinosaur from her Wyoming home. With the priceless fossil locked up in his holding cell, Sheriff Longmire must get to the bottom of Danny Lone Elk’s death in order to determine where rightful ownership lies. Toxic Cheyenne artifacts, illegal prescription drugs, and missing film footage all come into play as Walt and his undersheriff, Victoria Moretti, try their best to “save Jen.”

Craig Johnson

About Presenter Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series. Johnson’s series is the basis for Longmire, the hit TV original drama that has been picked up by Netflix for its fourth season. He is the recipient of the Wyoming Historical Award for fiction, the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Rocky Award from Left Coast Crime, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix 813. His novella, Spirit of Steamboat, was selected by the Wyoming Library Association as the One-Book-Wyoming, the inaugural state read. Find Craig’s events at www.craigallenjohnson.com (Tour of Duty tab). He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five (still).


Longmire was the highest-rated scripted program in A&E’s history and stars Robert Taylor (Matrix, Vertical Limit) as Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns) as Henry Standing Bear and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24, Riddick) as Victoria Moretti. Longmire was developed by Shephard/Robin Productions for Warner Horizon. In fall 2015, all 10 new episodes of Longmire Season 4 will be available to stream on Netflix.


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