First, let me say that the opening of this book is one of the best that I've ever read. Sheriff Walt Longmire is attempting to read his grown daughter's favorite childhood fairy tale to a group of very peevish young children in a classroom. This is a group that may actually outlast Walt---great fun!!
Then the book goes into the real mystery with Longmire going to Philadelphia, with his Native American friend, where "Bear" will be speaking about art, and Longmire will be visiting his lawyer daughter, Cady, and her new boyfriend. But shortly after arriving, Cady is attacked and left in a coma. Her boyfriend is murdered and Walt goes on the search for answers. Walt's sidekick, Vick, and her Philadelphia policemen family are glad for Walt's help. Then all the twists and turns begin.
This third installment of Longmire takes place completely in Philadelphia. I definitely missed the Wyoming countryside, but Walt kept his own outlook on life in the city. Walt, Bear, and Vick keep the excitement going wherever they are. Romance comes into play now that we are becoming part of the Longmire family too. Keep them coming, Craig Johnson!
In this installment, Walt Longmire goes to Philadelphia to see his daughter, and I don't think the "road trip" aspect really works well for Longmire, Vic, or The Bear. A big part of why I liked the previous books so much was the way the characters fit in their small town Wyoming location, and what the county brought to them as much as they brought to Absaroka county. There's a lot more action in this novel and a little humour too, but I can't wait for the gang to get back to Wyoming. The narration by George Guidall was excellent, as it has been in all the previous Longmire books.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Walt, Henry Standing Bear and of course Dog set out to visit Walt's daughter, Cady, in Philadelphia. On the evening of their arrival Cady is assaulted and lies in a coma while Walt seethes with anger towards her suspected boyfriend.
Suspicious circumstances bring Walt into the fold of an odd murder investigation. The police more or less ask him for his unofficial assistance so he decides to take on the case. Upon the arrival of Walt's deputy, Vic, they dive right in and are, of course, immediatly in it up to their necks. Great story, fast moving.
These books are a rare perfect combination, in my opinion, of a great narrator and an outstanding writer. I have, from the first book, loved the characters, they are amazingly real and unique.
I wondered how Walt would do in the big city. Could CJ move his characters to Philly and not lose the charm that was so enjoyable in the first two? No problem. His use of the answering machine and interactions with the big boys was a great way to teach us more about Walt and the Cheyenne Nation. It is funny how Walt is fallible and insecure. It seems that most main characters have a greatness, something most of us strive for, but not Longmire. He pays attention to detail, quotes a little Shakespeare and moves on. I guess you could listen to this story as a stand alone but why would you want to. Walt should be enjoyed in his entirety.
Love fiction--classic to light, serious to comedic. Selective non-fiction. These days lots of mysteries (not too violent, please :-)
Walt Longmire leaves Wyoming to go to Philadelphia for a visit with his daughter Cady, a practicing attorney there. He has accompanied his old friend Henry Standing Bear, who is being honored there at a Native American exhibit. Of course, Dog comes along, and eventually his deputy Victoria shows up as well. So, City atmosphere instead of the Old West, but the same chemistry exists among this great group of characters.
Just after arriving there, Walt learns that his daughter has been seriously injured in an attack, and hovers in a coma. Shortly after that, her boy friend is murdered. Walt is torn between his strong need to be beside Cady at every minute vs. his inner need for justice, which compels him (and sidekicks) to find who has committed these crimes.
This book is great, as are all in this series. There is a good mystery plot line, great, fast-paced action, a bit of humor, even some romance, and, of course, it is narrated by the incomparable George Guidall. Never having read a Longmire book, only having listened to them, George Guidall IS Walt Longmire to me. And a better one could not be found. Highly enjoyed this book, and the entire series. I recommend for a great listen!
This is a great story -- there's intrigue, family dynamics, fish out of water (Wyoming men in downtown Philly), horses -- all in addition to the wonderful characters Walt, Henry Standing Bear, Vic and Cady. Good dialogue and good action. Just fantastic.
The narrator is great as well.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
It's just not the same in Philadelphia. I liked this entry in the excellent series, but "Kindness" lacks something because it's not in Wyoming and Montana. There's just not that same sense of belonging in a place.
So, enough for varying the locale - now it's time to return home and keep the series there! Anyone who's a fan of Longmire (and there are many of us!) will want to listen to this addition, but I wouldn't start here.
As usual, George Guidall is just perfect!
No not necessarily, I think that Craig Johnson is a superb writer and I enjoy reading. I appreciate Audible because I travel in my job. I listen to Audible while traveling.
The different twists and turns in the all of Craig's books including the twists and turns of the personalities in the book always keep you on the edge.
It is a toss up for me between Walt and Standing Bear
There is always the humor component which I appreciate when dealing with human behavior.
Waiting for Craig to give us another Walt Longmire. He cannot write them fast enough for me.
I discovered these these books this year, about the same time they started filming them. I don't have premium cable, so I've seen one episode at a family member's house. I like the books best, especially the characters. This one is really good. I'm not putting in any spoilers, so don't look for plot points here.
Like all well written books, the plot is half and the characters are half. Both are 100%. The wit and humour and the plot tension will keep you transfixed until you finish it.
Henry Standing Bear is still the ultimate side kick. The stories just wouldn't be the same without him in there.
I absolutely love this series. I get a new book and its done in just a couple days and then I'm chomping at the bit waiting till next months credits to arrive. I'm so glad that Audible recommended this series to me or I would have never found it.