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It's a dark day when Sheriff Longmire takes his newest case. A woman, a husband, six horses burned alive in a barn. Something seems off. He can't quite put his finger on what it is...but he had a funny feeling that woman didn't actually shoot her husband. Call it intuition, but something about this case was missing something.

As his investigation digs deeper, though, Longmire starts to discover that the truth may be deeper than anything he could have possibly imagined. He dresses up as an insurance agent and goes looking for trouble...but trouble finds him. It turns out that Wade the horse killer's wife wasn't the only one that wanted him dead--there are other figures at play, like the bartender with a shaded past or the alcoholic rancher who sees nothing good in the world but himself.

The questions burn and linger as Longmire digs to find out the truth...but the question is, does he really want to find it? Did Mary kill her husband? Did someone put her up to it? Is she being framed? The truth will only be revealed with time.

Craig Johnson is an American author and playwright. Born in the west, he takes a great deal of his inspiration from that area. His Sheriff Walt Longmire novels have won much critical approval, including a Publisher's Weekly prize. His books have also been turned into the popular A&E television show Longmire.

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels—all of which have been Book Sense picks—The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband’s death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Series fans will delight in seeing Walt return to his cowboy roots as he mounts a horse and navigates the sparsely populated state.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johnson’s regional focus—particularly his ability to evoke the austere, mysterious landscapes of Wyoming—and a noirish attitude toward crime recalls writer James Lee Burke and the long-running Dave Robicheaux series.” 

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Longmire’s shoulders are more than broad enough to carry a book.”


  • “Johnson’s descriptive writing make for an entertaining yarn.”


  • A 2010 Dilys Award Nominee
  • Selected for the June 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet | 2/14/2014

    " I have put off listening to this one until I knew that another Walt Longmire saga was coming soon (and it is). I am relishing every word and phrase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Max | 2/7/2014

    " Wyoming spaces, gritty characters, horses, a dog and a good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/4/2014

    " Another great read in the 'Walt Longmire" series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " Finished this book so long ago and forgot to mark read...have read all in this series..what a great find Craig Johnson is. "

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About the Author
Author Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is New York Times bestselling author of a number of critically-acclaimed mystery novels. His novel The Cold Dish was a DILYS Award finalist and won the Prix du Roman Noir as the best mystery novel translated into French in 2010. Death without Company was selected by Booklist as one of the top ten mysteries of 2006 and won the Wyoming Historical Society’s fiction book of the year. The television series Longmire is based on Johnson’s novels and premiered in 2012 on A&E. Johnson currently lives with his wife in Ucross, Wyoming.