|Dry Bones (2015) [Novel]|
by Craig Johnson
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(From the publisher):
When Jen, the largest, most complete "Tyrannosaurus rex" skeleton ever found surfaces in Absaroka County Wyoming, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum-until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, winds up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny's family, the tribe and the federal government. As Wyoming's acting deputy attorney and cadre of FBI officers descend on the town, turning what should be a local matter into a political charade, Sheriff Walt Longmire is determined to find out who would benefit from Danny's death.
Meanwhile, Walt's daughter, Cady, has come for a visit, bringing her five-month-old daughter, Lola, with her. When personal tragedy strikes back east, it seems that ghosts from the sheriff's past won't fade away as quietly as he hoped. While Undersheriff Victoria Moretti accompanies Cady and Lola back to Philadelphia, the sheriff enlists old friends Lucian Connally and Omar Rhoades along with Dog and best friend Henry Standing Bear, to trawl the vast Lone Elk ranch looking for answers to a sixty-five-million-year-old cold case that's heating up fast.
Original title: Dry Bones
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ Law and Lawmen