Johnson's dialogue writing is masterful.
Walt's double slog in and out of the snowy forrest through the blizzard, aided by the dead Cheyenne. His strength of will & determination to get the injured suspect and the injured Standing Bear to safety was supremely heroic.
His voice and expression and character portrayal produces an HD mental video stream.
Walt trying to save his lady friend from killing herself when there was no hope.
Craig Johnson's dialogue between Longmire and Henry Standing Bear (I can't believe I'm saying this) is better than Robert Parker's dialogue between Spenser and Hawk. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. Still stunned.
Yes. It is a good mystery, Characters with depth and integrity
Similar to many Dick Francis books in that there was a good plot, written in first person, lead character who has to overcome difficult circumstances, and does so with integrity. There is an element of mysticism (Native American) that is absent from Dick Francis' books.
George Guidall is brilliant in bringing out the depth of the characters with his voice.
No. Books you want to read in one sitting are like junk food. ... this one was like a seven course meal. You don't want to rush through it. You want to savor it as you read.
Though the characters had an integrity about them, they did exhibit a degree of sarcasm and cynicism that I felt went a little too far.
This is the greatest detective novel written since Sherlock Holmes! The thrill of the investigation, the authors way of capturing your attention as if your riding shotgun with the Sheriff is just amazing. You'll love every second of this book.
Walt's trek through the snow was like being there, feeling the cold, feeling the weight of his burden, feeling his pain, and experiencing his visions.
Bear: With Guidall's interpretation I can see all the things Bear has been, is, and will be, all done with respect to his Native American heritage.
Real men in real places
I loved listening to this book and look forward to more. I've watched and enjoyed the TV series but like the book even more. Guidall does such a good job of the reading, I think I'll pursue this series through audio instead of the written page.
I have watched many episodes of Longmire via Netflix and Roku and liked them. But, as often happens, the series is based loosely on the books. This book is SO much better than the series and the series is really good. I laugh out loud when the sheriff talks. The whole book had me smiling and even laughing.
The sheriff is my favorite character, closely followed by Henry Standing Bear. The sheriff keeps me amused and I loved the narrator's portrayal of him.
I got a big kick out of Ruby and how she talked to the sheriff. She took no complaints and handed out plenty of her opinions!
I laughed through most of the book, but there was sad parts, too.
The story was average. In fact, parts of it went beyond suspension of disbelief for me, which I don't really care for. However, the narrator made up for the average story with a stellar performance that really brought the characters to life, with the exception of "Bear". The weakness in Bear's dialogue may have been more Johnson than Guidall. Specifically, some authors believe that Native Americans are best portrayed as barely able to speak, which is not matching my experience with actual Native Americans.
The book is entertaining. It's not long. Best advice I can give is to try this book. If you like it, you have found another series you will enjoy. If not, you can move on.
At the beginning I was a little unsure if I would like it. I grew up in the Southwest between the Navajo and Zuni Indian reservations. The small town rarely had the Sheriff drive through it much less have an office there. Although fictional, the book does do a good job of offering a fairly realistic account of what life is like in some places in today's wild west. As the story developed I found myself able to relate and rather enjoyed it. A little more profanity than I personally cared for but overall it was enjoyable.