Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire # 4)
by Craig Johnson
Published by Penguin Press (5/26/09)
Borrowed from the Library
Walt Longmire is sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County. It's an election year, but it's always an election year for a sheriff. Demons come back to haunt Walt when a Vietnamese woman is found dead, a body drop, which means he's got himself a cold case from the start. With flashbacks from his days in the Vietnam War and a confounding mystery on his hands, the only thing left to knock him flat on his butt is a befuddling and fumbling romance.
This is my favorite Walt Longmire book yet. I've never read a story with war flashbacks before and I loved the way Johnson wrote those scenes. I've seen so many Vietnam War movies, I don't know why. And I felt like I was sweating right there along side Walt. The best aspect of the flashbacks is that they were a surprising glint into Walt's inner workings. We've seen glimpses of his temper. We've seen moments of a cold heart when the crime called for it. But we've never seen a dumb, hardheaded, short tempered Walt. I loved it! And they really didn't add to the mystery by way of answering any questions. The mystery itself pissed me off. I couldn't guess. Oh, I was suspicious, but I was just as dazed as Walt. Johnson is that good! I will say that there wasn't as much humor in this one as the previous books. I think because the self-reflections took him straight to a war time memory. One of my favorite things about Walt is his take on the world. We didn't get that as much because his take was turned upside down with the dead girl uprooting too many memories. And still I loved this book so much. I'll read it again. I wish I owned it.