Spirit of Steamboat

A Walt Longmire Story

By Craig Johnson
(Viking, Hardcover, 9780670015788, 160pp.)

Publication Date: October 17, 2013

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A holiday tale from the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E's hit show "Longmire"
"It's a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't."
Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading "A Christmas Carol" in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt's predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn't recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman's reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her.
At the Durant Home for Assisted Living Lucian Connally is several tumblers into his Pappy Van Winkle's and swears he's never clapped eyes on the woman before. Disappointed, she whispers "Steamboat" and begins a story that takes them all back to Christmas Eve 1988, when three people died in a terrible crash and a young girl had the slimmest chance of survival . . . back to a record- breaking blizzard, to Walt's first year as sheriff, with a young daughter at home and a wife praying for his safety . . . back to a whiskey-soaked World War II vet ready to fly a decommissioned plane and risk it all to save a life.
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About the Author
CRAIG JOHNSON has served in full-time ministry for more than two decades. He is currently Senior Director of Family Ministries and Children's Pastor at Lakewood Church, the largest and fastest-growing church in America. Previously, he served as Co-Chair for the Los Angeles Billy Graham Children's Crusade and as Children's Pastor at Faith Community Church in West Covina, CA for 3 years. Craig is the creator of many programming tools for children's ministry, including a new discipleship curriculum called Extreme Kids, launched at Lakewood Church in 2009. He and his wife, Samantha, have three children.
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