What do you do when an old friend lies to you?
Mari Baroja is found dead in Room 42 at the Durant Home for Assisted Living. Her demise isn’t too surprising, since the Basque woman was well over 70. Her neighbor in Room 32, however, insists she’s been murdered, and he ought to know. Lucian Connally retired as sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County, and his irascible yammering at his protégé Sheriff Walt Longmire (The Cold Dish, 2005) sets in motion an investigation that will peel away years of lies, reveal spirited dreams translated from the Crow, Cheyenne and Basque tongues and focus on the former Four Brothers Ranch—now mining methane gas for a million dollars a week. Soon Walt will link Mari to Charlie Nurburn, an abusive drunk thought to have died ages ago in Vista Verde, N.M. Why are the folks who duly mourned (or failed to mourn) him now targeted for death themselves? With some timely help from his foul-mouthed deputy Vic, Cheyenne barman Henry Standing Bear and new recruit Santiago Saizarbitoria, Walt finally unravels the tragic love story of Mari and Lucien and the violent ruckus her last will and testament has unleashed.
Pile on thermal underwear, fire up the four-wheel drive and head for Durant. Walt and his idiosyncratic crew are terrific company—droll, sassy and surprisingly tenderhearted.