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?
Johnson lightens the atmosphere in this complex, thought-provoking mystery that highlights art and Western history, emphasizing the contrast between Native accounts and white history. The author’s poetic turns of phrase, witty dialog, and one of the funniest, most memorable chase scenes in a novel combine to make this a winner.
... the real pleasure is the companionship of Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire and his salty pals ... The first half of the novel is an amiable ramble as the principals discourse on Wyoming history, General Custer, Michelangelo’s Libyan Sybil and Dickens’ Bleak House. It’s pedal to the metal in the second half as the murderous art fraudsters behind it all are revealed, and the action culminates in a riotous chase involving “a motorized motorcade” of ramped-up wheelchairs...Johnson knows it’s Walt his readers crave, and he delivers.
... intriguing ... At the exciting climax, Walt coolly estimates the number of stitches in his scalp he’s going to need after being shot by the surprising culprit he’s closing in on. Vietnam War vet Walt shows few signs of age in this consistently entertaining series.