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Next to Last Stand: A Longmire Mystery

(Walt Longmire #16)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,053 ratings  ·  269 reviews
One of the most viewed paintings in American history, Custer's Last Fight, copied and distributed by Anheuser-Busch at a rate of over two million copies a year, was destroyed in a fire at the 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1946. Or was it? When Charley Lee Stillwater dies of an apparent heart attack at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmi ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Viking
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Emily Nakanishi The book mentioned that they didn’t need Henry and Walt until a few months out. I imagine this is a plot line that we’ll see in a future book.

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Linden
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walt’s friend from the Veterans’ Home, Charley, has been pronounced dead, and Walt finds a shoe box in his room containing a million dollars in cash. Where did Charley get that kind of money? Did he really have a heart attack, or was it murder? I’m a big fan of the series-- I’ve read all Johnson’s Longmire books and really enjoy re-visiting these characters. The plot with the stolen painting and the Russians was a bit hard to swallow, but I loved the ending when the wheelchair brigade from the h ...more
Henry
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another superb Longmire novel by Craig Johnson. For a real treat listen to the Audible versions narrated by the incomparable George Guidall.
LJ
First Sentence: Years ago, on one particularly beautiful, high plains afternoon when I was a deputy with the Absaroka County Sheriff's Department, I propped my young daughter, Cady, on my hip and introduced her to Charlie Lee Stillwater.

Walt receives a call from Carol Williams, the caretaker and administrator of the Veteran's Home of Wyoming, once Fort McKinney. Resident Charlie Lee Stillwater has died. Going through his effects, Carol and Walt find a box containing two items of particular note
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Kasa Cotugno
I love George Guidall's narration Johnson's Longmire books. Sometimes a perfect voice can embody character so well and enhance the action, and this is such a perfect pairing that interjects humor and danger where it comes to life vividly. Add to this, a macguffin in the form of a famous painting that was part of the lore of Anheuser-Busch of all things. Sheer enjoyment and perfect for these days.
Linda
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Longmire is back and this time George Armstrong Custer plays a prominent role, or at least a painting of him, as Walt tracks down the missing art work after its owner dies in a Veterans Home under suspicious circumstances.

All your favorite characters are back, the plot is interesting especially when it has to do with the history of Custer's last stand. The ending was especially enjoyable when you picture members of the Veterans Home riding to the rescue on motorized wheelchairs. However, I was a
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Barb in Maryland
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. For a Longmire book you might even call it light-hearted!

The blurb nicely sets up the story, so I won't bother with a recap.

Things I loved:
Charley Lee Stillwater's buddies at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers and Sailors. These gentlemen in their motorized wheelchairs just about stole the book from Walt. They were wonderful, savvy, and brave. I appreciated that Walt treated them with dignity.
All the Custer info--from the hilarious movie reviews to the running commentary on the battle
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Mike
Always a fan of Craig Johnson's Longmire series, but this one had a special interest for me because my small business was mentioned in it. Bottom of page 87. No joke. We were just tickled to see it!
Scott
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Next to Last Stand” is the sixteenth book in the “Longmire” mystery series, continuing the fictional adventures of Walt Longmire, Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming; his daughter, Cady, the world’s greatest lawyer; his best friend, Henry Standing Bear; his loyal and outspoken deputy, Vic Moretti; his loyal and less outspoken deputy, and Dog, his faithful animal companion.

When we last left our fearless law enforcement officer at the end of the last book, “Land of Wolves”, Walt was back home, b
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Art
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Walt Longmire and this long-running series.

But it seems to be getting lost. Maybe it's the success of the television series. Maybe it's just run its
course. But the last couple of books just have fallen short.

In fact, Walt seems as lost as he was when we first met him. Once again he is undecided about whether to run for re-election as sheriff and feeling his age.

This book seemed more of a vehicle for Craig Johnson to tell us all sorts of interesting things about the Battle of the Greasy
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Lesa
I have a difficult time with a review when I am passionate about a book. What more do I say other than, I love this book? I always have a tough time reviewing Louise Penny's books. I do love Craig Johnson's latest Walt Longmire book, but it is such a remarkable, fun mystery from a masterful storyteller that I'll take a stab at Next to Last Stand.

Sheriff Walt Longmire has a past history with Charley Lee Stillwater. Charley Lee, a veteran of two wars, was a resident of the Veterans' Home of Wyomin
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Mark
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the action in Mexico was over we get a new Longmire story, and yes with all the usual suspects that made the series such fun to read.
Sheriff Longmire is back at work albeit there are some issues like him drifting away in his own thoughts but this gets pointed out mostly by Vic, I kinda missed her in the last book and now she is back and she is certainly the anchor our sheriff needs after the turmoil and physical abuse in Mexico getting his daughter back.
The story is about an inheritance th
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Debra
Audiobook well narrated by George Guidall and bought from Audible.

I enjoyed the Netflix series, but the books have so much more nuance, so I dived on this one the day it was released. Expectations met!
Lindsay Porter
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm always up for another Longmire book. Thanks to Netgalley for my copy. Longmire and crew are investigating Charley Lee Stillwater's death and the shoe box with a million dollars in it. I liked this book alot. I especially liked the way Henry Standing Bear gave the stories of his people and Custer. I could always use less of Victoria Moretti. I think she's obnoxious but that's just my opinion.
George P.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from Next to Last Stand, Craig Johnson’s sixteenth novel featuring Walt Longmire, sheriff of (fictional) Absaroka County, Wyoming. The two previous novels— Depth of Winter and Land of Wolves —garnered polar opposite reactions from me: I hated the former and loved the latter. So, would I love or hate the newest installment in the Longmire series?

The book starts with the death of Charley Lee Stillwater, an African American veteran of World War II an
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Vicki
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the Longmire books, and for the most part, have enjoyed them all. This one was a huge disappointment for me, and was in fact at times so annoying that I nearly decided to quit without finishing it. The plot wasn't interesting, and the characters (the "Count" Katrina, Bass, the veterans, etc) were one dimensional and boring. The one part of the plot that did interest me was the situation with the young female basketball player who was related to Chief Lolo Long. But it was neve ...more
Joyce
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My opinion of Johnson's books varies widely--I dislike his chauvinism and his aging detective who too often runs around like he's in his 30s but I love the strong sense of place and his frames--here a painting from the battle of the Little Big Horn (or Greasy Grass, depending on your perspective). There's a lot about Custer and the Indian vs. military versions of events, the story of a painting thought lost in a fire, and the antics of the denizens of the veteran's home where Walt's friend, the ...more
Woodstock Pickett
I found all the history of General Custer and his infamous last battle to be very interesting. The characters of the "wavers" residents of a military retirement home added a nice humorous touch to the story.

The action moved a little slowly, however. Always a pleasure to find out what Walt is up to, this book is probably a "don't miss" for Johnson's many fans
Melissa
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very fun read with an ending that has me laughing out loud.

Not to mention, our little pizza joint has a shout out, so definitely a special book on our shelves!
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is called to the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming to investigate the contents of a Florsheim shoebox found in the footlocker of Charley Lee Stillwater, who is dead of an apparent heart attack. It is crammed with stacks of $100 bills amounting to $1 million.

Although no foul play is suspected, Walt is contacted not only due to the amount of cash, but because he often stopped to talk with Charley, one of a small group of double amputees called the Wavers. The retired
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Gloria ~ mzglorybe
3+ rating, rounded up to 4

Read the publishers blurb before reading this review. It pretty much tells you what it’s about better than I could do. It accurately describes the gist of the novel.

This 16th and most recent of Johnson’s addition to the Longmire series is a good installment and gives us a bit of history to reflect on as well.

My husband and I are never without a book. He has read this entire series, and watched the TV version as well. I have not tried them but have had parts of it read
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Scott Knight
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the publisher: One of the most viewed paintings in American history, Custer's Last Fight, copied and distributed by Anheuser-Busch at a rate of over two million copies a year, was destroyed in a fire at the 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1946. Or was it? When Charley Lee Stillwater dies of an apparent heart attack at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmire is called in to try and make sense of a piece of a painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a milli ...more
Robert
Sep 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-21-season
Johnson's slide continues.
Another stilted and slow opening, where a bunch of people we don't know are telling the history of a man we've never met to a Sheriff who supposedly knew the fellow for 30 years?
A typical platitude about race slipped into the mouth of a child?
Large chunks of the book being fact dumps of his background research artlessly dropped into the story?
Ending the story with a double reveal about historic artifacts that are merely teased and frustratingly never explained?

All of t
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Greg Trosclair
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well for starters, I am extremely biased when it comes to the Longmire series. They are all very good books. This one is no exception. What I enjoyed most about this book was that it was a case just a case not universe spinning. It was great that it was a Walt and Vic case. Henry was there for a good part of the story. Dog was there. There was a great conversation with Ruby. Nearly all of the extra characters in Walt's universe make an appearance, nearly all. I really enjoyed all the historical ...more
Susan
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I skipped the last Longmire book--it was shaping up to contain a lot more violence than I was comfortable with. It seems to have affected Walt, too--people, including his undersheriff Vic, comment on his air of distraction, and he's not calling his daughter as much as before. Maybe Johnson himself was troubled by the overdose of violence? At any rate, as Walt looks into the reasons a resident at the military retirement home leaves a shoebox with a million dollars when he dies an ap ...more
Suzanne
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walt Longmire and the gang are back in NEXT TO LAST STAND, as they do what they normally do, help people, live life and solve unexpected matters of life and death. In this case, the recent death of a well-known local military vet sets off a series of surprises about his background, knowledge and the existence of a possibly destroyed piece of Americana. For lovers of this series, this is a visit with old friends, always a joy and a pleasure. The mystery is not terribly deep but the setting and ch ...more
Darcy
This was a fun one. I love how Walt has long ties with the people in his county and how often he ends up friends with the odd balls. It was also interesting how this one opened, Walt taking Kady to meet Charley and her questions after. If only we could all stay that innocent!

Charley was an interesting character, a bit odd in a good way, as were his cohorts at the home. It was too bad that he died and what a mess was left behind. Walt ended up investigating things he never could have guessed and
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Abibliofob
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the Longmire books from Craig Johnson and this is no exception. I think it's wonderful to take such an idea as a lost painting and make it interesting with murder mixed in. The only thing that bothers me is that the author are starting to talk about ending the series... I suppose it's ok if you can't come up with new ideas but surely there must be lots more to do with the characters? At least let us know how it goes with Vic and her desire for a new car. I love the way Johnson can ...more
Connie Huddleston
Johnson has written a marvelous story about characters that you want to wave at along the highway, meet in person, and get to know. Characters to remember. Yes, this book has a lot of history, and as a disclaimer I must admit I love history, I read history, and I write history. Johnson gives us this history from two viewpoints, Walt's and Standing Bear's - two cultures. Fascinating and well written, Johnson uses the interaction between his characters to present a little know bit of American cult ...more
Mary E. Clark-Flynn
Craig Johnson is always worth reading, even if the mysteries aren't as strong as his earlier books. I look forward to the latest Longmire as I look forward to the latest Louise Penny. The characters are just so well done and it was nice to see the regulars since they were not featured in the last book. At times I was laughing out loud with my husband trying to sleep as I read--Vic and Henry Standing Bear are fictional treasures. I suspect Walt will be back on the reservaton in the next book, lo ...more
Glee
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get so much pleasure from being in Walt's company for a few days, that I am unable to judge anymore about the relative rating the book deserves. I don't care, I just love Walt, and time spent with him is a joy for me.
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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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