The Highwayman is my first experience reading Craig Johnson's Longmire series. I choose to start the series with the newest book because who doesn't love a ghost story. Best of all, my local library, The York County Library System, had it. I generally do not read many physical books anymore due to essential tremor, but The Highwayman was more of a novella and a manageable size.
I fell in love with Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear after watching the Longmire TV series. They were both complex and very appealing men. They were also of a certain age that appleals to me ( i.e. not my kids age). Walt and Henry have been friends since high school. Both went to college and Viet Nam and both eventually came back home, to Wyoming.
This Longmire story in particular involves a Wyoming Highway Patrolman (woman), Rosey, who asks Walt for help. Her usual work routine is nights in a canyon with a dead patrolman in it's history, incidentally the first Native American patrolman.The dead patrolman has been issuing an "officer needs assistance" call over the radio that only the new patrolman hears. Her boss wants to send her for a psych evaluation. Having worked with Walt and respected him, she trusts him to help her figure out what is happening.
The mystery in this story had much more to it then it seemed in the first chapter. I loved the friendship between Walt and Henry. Their years of history are demonstrated by a very natural flow of conversation. The difficult conversations between Walt and Rosey concerning her mental health are very well written. I have been ill with some hell spawn of a stomach virus so I was able to read this 190 page book in one afternoon. It was a wonderful companion and helped with my misery. I picked up the first book in the series, The Cold Dish, from my libraries Overdrive collection and have found that just as enjoyable. I am looking forward to working my way through the entire series of books.