Johnson’s “The Highwayman” is a modern-day ghost story by one of the country’s foremost storytellers. This novel is part of the series “A Longmire Story.”
Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming’s Absaroka County receives a request to assess the credibility of a highway patrol officer’s reports of ghost radio messages while the officer is patrolling near a series of three tunnels that had been the scene of a searing accident that killed another highway patrol officer over 30 years before. Reportedly, the message that an officer was in need of assistance came from that deceased HP officer. When some of the same messages were received in Walt’s presence he and his side-kick, Henry Standing Bear, attempted to explain the phenomenon by determining who might be breaking into the HP’s radio frequency. Things get a little scarier when the distraught HP officer falls into the raging Wind River and Walt is helped to grab her out by a mysterious stranger who also seems to be dropping 1888 Morgan dollars, the same Morgans the long-dead HP officer was accused of hi-jacking.
As always, this Longmire story is an engrossing and well written western mystery/ghost story.
“The Highwayman” is recommended, especially for the many Longmire fans out there.