The humor of Walt and Henry with the dog in the city.
Walt's care for his daughter in his aspirations for her to have the corner office and of course the surprise death.
He is Walt and John Valjean.
I want them to go back to Wyoming.
I am glad Walt loves his daughter, I have a daughter.
This is the third in the series of 9 (through 2013.) These are like police procedurals, so the plot develops slowly. I enjoy the humor and the characters, but no doubt, some will find it slow. They are not action thrillers, but they are not as plodding as the Kurt Wallander series, for example. Walt Longmire is a complicated man, and his bond with Henry Standing Bear and relationship to his deputy Victoria Moretti are a continuing source of amazement. Walt has a penchant for noticing seemingly minor but revealing details. Invariably, I learn more about various subcultures and groups from these stories.
I gather that Longmire is now a TV series on A&E, going into its second season, but I haven't seen any of those episodes.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I don't always give 5 stars on a book, but I love all the Walt Longmire books, but what made this one not only 1 of the best out of the 8 written so far but a 5-star book overall compared to a larger pool of books in mysteries and thrillers
Taking Walt who is used to being a sheriff in an extremely rural area, almost out in the middle of the boonies and put him in Philly after his daughter gets brained... well, put him and his huge, special forces, bad arse American Indian friend poking the'y're heads and contributing to the overall handling of the case... it shows that no matter where you are in the country or even the world, a good cop is a good cop... Walt might be overwhelmed by being in a huge city the same way another cop from Philly might react in the middle of the Wyoming mountainside where there might be 5 people living within 30 square miles
Now add George Guidall who could make reading the phone book semi-interesting and you have a 5-star book all around.... Its one of the best books in the Walt Longmire series and a great book overall for anyone who likes mysteries
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
This one really fills in the blanks on Vic and some of Cady and Walt's father/daughter relationship details. As usual, lot's of great story twists and turns, fast paced. I'm a Walt Longmire fan so there isn't much that would make me give the books a bad rating!
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
Absolutely. Already have. The whole series!
My husband grew up outside of Billings, MT. and most of our long-distance (Idaho to Montana) courtship took place in, or around, Yellowstone Park. The first place he wanted to share with me was Red Lodge. While reading these stories you can tell that Mr. Johnson isn't a fake cowboy. He's been there with us on the Plain.
I had traveled more than my husband and the first out-of-country place that I was excited to take him was New York City. (Yes NYC is in the USA-Country, but not in the country where the skyscrapers are called mountains). I think the book caught the right nuance for how everything is different, but everything is really just the same. I know that Walt and Henry have traveled in their lives, and I'm glad that they weren't turned into gaping mo-rons in the confines of the concrete and asphalt canyons.
Vic out of uniform. It made me very sad. I think there are many better moments but unfortunately I will remember this one because it broke my heart.
The cruiser taking Walt home gets a call and so he goes for a ride-along. He listens to the cop-talk and thinking WWtCD? (What Would the Cheyenne Do?) gives the guys a plan so they can successfully raid a crack house.
The entire book is moving-I still can't believe the various types of emotion that can overflow with so few words.
I thought that it couldn't get any more emotional than when Henry Standing Bear cried. It really worked me over. In fact I cried when I typed the phrase, and then again when I read it.
But it also tore at me when Walt started to notice there were no pictures of him anywhere in Cady's life. The whole father-daughter relationship exploration was like touching broken glass-in a good way.
The tension between Vic and her family, particularly her mother, also struck a personal chord, but I outgrew this type of thing when I lived through the "terrible teens". Vic and her mother need to grow up. The mother's goodbye kiss was particularly cold; sweet as applesauce to Walt and Henry, twist the knife in Vic, No wonder Vic lives in Wyoming as far from the insecure jealous shape-shifter as possible.
So we have tough, grown men crying, father-daughter devotion, mother-daughter spite, How much more vulnerable can you get?
You'll find out, and if you've ever had to do it, you'll hear the screaming too. There is a reference to the it in the epilogue and I had to shut off the audio until I finished weeping.
Damn. I've started again.
Reading some of the other reviews for this book I wish to make a few statements in rebuttal:
First, there are not too many characters and saying there are too many is as silly as when the King told Mozart, "There are too many notes." Which one would you leave out? Most of the bad guys are background or you only meet them when they are dying so they don't clutter your brain or the story. Maybe you could have left out the old ladies (I can't remember their names) in the box at the ball game, maybe one of Vic's cop brother's was superfluous, but they didn't have an impact on the story. They are scenery, not characters. I thought there were too few people. There should have been a blur of people at the hospital. Not in her room, but in the waiting room. Where were all her friends in this? I know, there were mass quantities of cards and gifts, but where were the partners at the law firm? I had a scheduled surgery-not emergency or trauma- and one of the upper managers at my company stopped to talk to my family. Just saying. There could have been even more people in a real situation.
Second, Walt and Henry are not fish out of water in Philadelphia. They fit in very well. Henry has a date within the first few minutes of arriving, Walt is a careful and competent man who finds the wrong woman-again. Why not travel with his friend across country when a side benefit is being able to spend time with the best legal mind of our time? (Yes, Johnson understands irony). Having them in another setting that is known for its violence and drug problems makes their actions natural. It also helps alleviate "Cabot Cove Syndrome". Really, how many dead bodies can you find in a little town before you either kill everybody off or the locals get spooked and run away? While I'm perfectly happy with a helping of "The Usual", sometimes I just need that side of scrapple to be satisfied.
Longmire, you rock!
Since Walt is in the big city of Philadelphia, I was trying to think of other mysteries based in Philly I can compare it to. But Johnson just puts such a unique spin on the story I really can't come up with anything to compare it to!
The personalities of the characters with his great narration. He really, really makes the Longmire series come alive.
When the horse died, but I am always moved anytime an animal dies in a story, LOL!
Just have to read the books!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
So Walt goes to Philadelphia and this lovable old guy gets into more trouble than he does out West! Enjoyed this book thoroughly and gave it five stars across the board, though perhaps not quite as much as the first three each of which I would have given ten stars if possible. Numbers four and five in the series are qued up and waiting!
I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Longmire books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and relistening (they have to be fantastic for me to re-listen) time and again. George Guidall is a brilliant narrator, also one of my favorites!
The relationship between Walt and Henry is revealed just a bit more.
Johnson keeps you guessing in every book.
I wish he read every book I listen to. A great performance. He IS Walt Longmire!!!
All in all, Walt would rather be in Durrant.
Since I 'listen' to most my books now, I would say that I would definitely recommend the audio edition.
There were twists and turns, an especially nice touch was the horse chase in Philly.
**SPOILER** - I loved the scene when Katie wakes in the Hospital and speaks.
Don't I always?
While not my favorite Longmire novel, this one was a change of pace with the venue being the 'big city' of Philadelphia. Solid story with another tremendous performance by George Guidall.