“1078 officer needs assistance.”
Did this radio call come from the living or the dead? We join Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear as they answer this call for help. Craig Johnson (the author) delivers yet another strong female character - Patrolman Rosie Wayman. She contacts Sheriff Longmire over a series of strange late night law enforcement distress calls that come over her service radio but only sporadically when she is stopped along the Wind River Byway, an area with notoriously bad reception.
These phantom radio calls also have Walt doubting his sanity or whether the spirit of a Cheyenne he knew (Virgil White Buffalo) actually appears when Walt is up against it. Even Walt Longmire has an encounter with the mystery man who leaves a silver dollar as his calling card when something terrible has happened.
Is the highwayman from heaven or hell? You decide but heed this piece of advice if you’re confronted by the spirit world…
“Always have incense.”
-Henry Standing Bear to Walt Longmire
The reader, George Guidall, delivers again. His differentiating characters through vocal intonation, pacing, and rich voice add to the feeling and sense of place the author has created.
This Longmire mystery is aptly inspired by a poem - “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVeHKs2jV50 – as Walt and Henry have traded literary references to each other throughout this series. The hallucination scenes Craig Johnson writes for this series are surreal and amusing. This psychological thriller and ghost story are an engaging treat that leave you wondering if there are such things as ghosts…hmmm