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The Highwayman

(Walt Longmire #11.5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  6,711 ratings  ·  707 reviews
When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving “officer needs assistance” calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in th ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Viking
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Terry Mulcahy There was noted that, while the roof of the tunnel had been cemented long ago, there was evidence of fresher patching. Walt actually inspects the ceil…moreThere was noted that, while the roof of the tunnel had been cemented long ago, there was evidence of fresher patching. Walt actually inspects the ceiling, suspecting that the coins could be there, but concludes that the bolts he sees are to help stabilize the ceiling, and the only reason for the patches. The men who stole the coins worked for WYDOT. The story ends with the coins, having been loosened from the concussions and explosions, "...cascading from the ceiling of the tunnel...." They were stashed in there, and had slowly been leaking out. Womack's innocence was proved because he never had the coins. (less)
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Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
"There is a canyon in the heart of Wyoming carved by a river called Wind and a narrow, opposing, two-lane highway that follows its every curve like a lover."

Craig Johnson truly has a way with words. He can describe a scene in the dry desert or in the heights of the mountains like no other. He can infuse incredibly humorous banter between his characters like no other.

The Highwayman is a book of small stature being only 190 pages long. I grabbed it in a greedy manner from my library and worked my
The Highwayman by Craig Johnson is a 2016 Viking Books publication.

It feels like it’s been forever since the last Longmire novel and forever since there were any new episodes of ‘Longmire’ to watch on Netflix. So, I have been seriously jonesing for a Walt Longmire fix.

So, thankfully, this novella came along a kept me from having some nasty withdrawal symptoms.

A good storyteller is what makes a ghost story affective, and we all know Craig Johnson can weave a mighty good tale.

As the story open
I miss Walt so much, this novella was great and I am looking forward to the next book on this fantastic series. Walt and Henry have to help out a fellow officer/friend who is having some trouble in the field. A little bit of hocus pocus goes on until the mystery of a former officers death is solved. Loved it. George Guidall is still one of my favorite narrators.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This novella, which is #11.5 in the 'Walt Longmire' series, has Longmire and his friends dealing with (what might be) a ghost. The book can be read as a standalone.


Wyoming Highway Patrolman (HP) Bobby Womack, an Arapaho Indian assigned to the Wind River Canyon, was killed thirty years ago - at 12:34 A.M. - when he had a fiery collision with a fuel truck in a mountain tunnel.

Bobby was working under a cloud at the time, because he had shot two thieves fleeing with a bag of collectibl
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This novella has the structure common to ghost stories that turn up in literature: spooky reports, a rational investigation, revelations of karmic elements, and an ambiguous resolution. Rosie is a deputy with the highway patrol who on duty near highway tunnels that cut through the Wind River mountains of Wyoming hears on various nights radio calls from a trooper who died there nearly two decades before, the code for “officer in need of assistance.” This is a dangerous passage near the Arapaho re ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
The Highwayman is book 11.5 in the Walt Longmire Series. Well, it's not a book it's a novella, but it's 190 pages long so it feels almost like a "real book"...

I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book and in anticipation of An Obvious Fact (book twelve in the series that comes this fall) was this book a pleasant appetizer.

I found the story interesting with an Arapaho patrolman supposedly haunting the Wind River Canyon. Is highway patrolman Rosey Wayman mad or is she really hearing Bo
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of modern western and police thrillers
Shelves: western, 2016
A shorter novel, albeit 190 pages, about Longmire and Henry being outside their own stomping grounds helping a friend who is plagued by an apparent ghost of an Indian Highwayman who died violently and under the suspicion of robbery.

This story adds little to the continuation of the Longmire tales as with "dry bones", this one is a little sidestep in the realm of the more supernatural kind. That said some of the earlier Longmire tales have more supernatural aspects than this short story does have.
Craig Monson
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this slim, "pocket-book"-sized novel, Craig Johnson rises to the challenge of concocting a "ghost story," deftly managed in under 200 small pages, which can be polished off in a pleasant afternoon or a (probably less pleasant) plane flight. Johnson's familiar and justifiably popular characters negotiate their way through most of the time-honored ghost story tropes (which the author seems to have studied). There's enough tension and mystery, which are not taken so far as to promote eye rolling ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Craig Johnson’s amiable sheriff, Walt Longmire is back in his half-novel/novella hybrid (it’s numbered 11.5 in the series) The Highwayman.

Walt is pulled to Wyoming’s desolate Wind River Canyon to help an old friend, highway patrol officer, Rosey Wayman. Rosey has been getting calls on her police band: “officer needs assistance” despite the fact that the canyon’s towering walls should make radio communication near impossible. What’s more, she recognizes the voice asking for help. It’s patrolman
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: craig-johnson
This is a short, easy book to read, 190p. I read it in 1 day. Walt Longmire, Absaroka County Sheriff, is called on to help a Wyoming Highway Patrol officer who is hearing radio calls from a HP officer dead for thirty years. Her Captain wants to send her for a psychiatric evaluation. Walt and his friend Henry Standing Bear agree to sit with her for a few nights in Wind River Canyon, where she hears the calls.
This is an entertaining story with some buried secrets and a ghost who comes to rescue t
Maria V. Snyder
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been enjoying the Longmire Netflix series - I binge watched all 6 seasons in the last couple of months. This was a fun side story of just Walk and Henry Standing Bear, who is my favorite character. If you're a fan of the show or of Johnson's mystery books, then this is worth the time! ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a fan of Craig Johnson's Longmire series, and of the TV show based on it, I was happy to find this short book in my library. It's small in stature, only about 6" by 5", and only 190 pages.

There is a bit of Native American spirituality in all the Longmire books, but Walt isn't buying that as the reason why a Wyoming Highway Patrolman is hearing a voice coming over the police radio frequency at exactly 12:34 a.m. on several nights. The setting, the Wind River Canyon, is spooky enough, but Walt
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good novella featuring just Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear on a short trip to the Wind River Reservation. I enjoy reading any interaction between these two friends.....especially Henry's non-reaction to Walt's skeptical viewpoint went magical things happen.

There is a brief sighting of one of Margaret Coel's characters.....a red-headed priest from New England which made me chuckle to boot.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
**As I continue my Longmire series read, full disclosure requires that I openly admit I am a devoted fan of the Longmire television show (on A/E and now Netflix) and have enjoyed reading the previous books in the Longmire book series that inspired that show even more. With that said, I am still doing my best to provide objective and an honest review. **

“The Highwayman” is a Longmire series novella which takes place between Book 11 “Dry Bones” and Book 12 “An Obvious Fact”. It runs 190 pages, wh
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Craig Johnson’s latest Walt Longmire book called “The Highwayman”, Johnson sends his Sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County on a mission to scenic Wind River Canyon located in central Wyoming, in order to help an old friend. This old friend is the blond haired, blue eyed, freckled faced Rosey Wayman, a Highway Patrol officer. She has been on duty in the canyon, and on some nights, she receives a distress call on her radio from the man, now thirty years dead, who has has also patrolled the canyo ...more
Kathleen Minde
Could I tell you how much I love Craig Johnson's series and not have you roll your eyes and shout "We know! We know!"? Doubtful.

Could I tell you that his new novella, The Highwayman, is full of mysticism and skepticism both, and it works? Yep.

Could I tell you how much fun it is to read a story about Walt and the Cheyenne Nation, and without Vic, without you screaming "Where's Vic"? Yeah, but you know I miss her, too.

Could I tell you that Craig Johnson is my next husband without you looking at
Wart Hill
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
excellent, as usual <3
Steven Howes
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is no secret that I am a big fan of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series of mysteries. Most of these novels can be read separately and still be enjoyed; but they all contain some tidbits of information or character history that connect the books together so I always advocate reading them in order. Mr. Johnson has also written several Longmire novellas that I gather are not considered as a part of the series but are stories that take place "in between" or "in addition to" the ones in each of t ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A short story that comes in at 11.5 in the Walt Longmire mystery series and revolving around a Wyoming sheriff in Absaroka County. The focus is on Trooper Rosey Wayman.

My Take
There are a lot of little stories in this about Bobby and Indian mythology, as Johnson pulls in Walt's previous metaphysical encounters when he attempts to explain to Rosey and himself that Rosey's encounters have a rational explanation…even as Walt doesn't believe what he's saying.

On the annoying side, I don't get why Rose
Cathy Cole
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm such a Craig Johnson fan that I don't care if what he writes is short like this novella or a full-length book, as long as the man keeps writing. As popular as he's become, I have to wonder how on earth he finds the time to write because he always seems to be on tour.

Few people can write dialogue like Craig Johnson, and he proves it again here in The Highwayman. Walt and Henry talk to everyone they possibly can to figure out what's going on with Rosey. They uncover a mystery about a missing
Kasa Cotugno
With each Longmire installment, Craig Johnson develops his depiction of place and interweaving of the spiritual and the adventurous. Much as Tony Hillerman's series, his characters have brought the Wyoming setting closer and yet further, which isn't as contradictory as it sounds given the material. ...more
Longmire. Need I say more? Thanks to Jen Forbus, I've been a fan of Craig Johnson's writings for years. I'm particularly fond of his novellas and short stories. Every word is precisely chosen to set the tone, the atmosphere, to build a character. The Highwayman is a ghost story set away from Walt Longmire's Absaroka County. But Johnson does include two important characters from his novels. Walt Longmire's narration of the story is beautifully supported by Henry Standing Bear's knowledge of triba ...more
First Sentence: There is a canyon in the heart of Wyoming carved by a river called Wind and a narrow, opposing, two-land highway that follows its every curve like a lover.

Highway Patrolman Rosey Wayman has been instructed to have a psychiatric evaluation as she claims received several radio calls of “officer needs assistance,” at exactly 12:34 a.m. from a long-dead Arapaho patrolman, Bobby Womack. She has also found, under mysterious circumstances, rare silver dollar coins, a bag of which Bobby
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, supernatural
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Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Better not to start the series with this book. Still a good read 3.5 stars
I really enjoyed the story concept. However, I didn't like George Guidall as the narrator. For me his voice didn't match the characters or situations. ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read as always. Longmire series is one of my very best favorites with some of my favorite characters. When Craig Johnson ends this series I will just have to start over reading them again, there that good.
Robert Dunn
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Longmire books and the writing of Craig Johnson. But. Don't get me wrong I really liked this story but I can't help but feel a little distanced from it. Longmire is who he is and works best because of the characters that surround him. I like it more when he brings experiences to his home county than when, as in The Highwayman, he finds himself outside those borders. It is a small complaint and perhaps just my own quibble and no one else's. The story was a good one that I enjoye ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent entry in the Sheriff Walt collection. Walt and Henry check out a female trooper's story that she is hearing phantom radio transmissions from a long-dead predecessor. This tale is atmospheric, poignant, other-worldly and exciting. And it is blessedly free from some of the romantic and familial distractions of the longer full-length books.

I was provided an ARC of this novella by Net Galley in return for an honest review.
Harry Lane
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Johnson does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the setting of his Longmire books. I also like the glimpses he provides into the culture of the Wyoming tribes. In this particular outing, Longmire is dealing with what seems to be supernatural. Action is fast-paced, but there's an awful lot of coincidence leading up to the conclusion. ...more
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Craig Johnson an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. . He lives in Ucross, near Sheridan, Wyoming, population 25.

Johnson has written twelve novels featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire: The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man's Moccasins, Junkyard Dogs, The Dark

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