If you like Tony Hillerman you will like this. There is less of the indian mojo, but the writing stile is almost the same.
Recommended by my sister, who first learned about Craig Johnson's books from the Longmire television series. However, being the book people we are, we had to read the books first. The Cold Dish was a delightful introduction to a wonderful series. The plots are interesting, but the outstanding aspect of the books are the interesting, well-drawn and compelling characters. Suggestion: Read them in order if possible. Continuity does add to the appeal.
The narration was at first unusual to me, as I listen to a lot of classic English literature with properly British narrators. But George Guidall grew on me very quickly and suits the tone and location of the books. He also is not distracting when he reads women's voices, which is tough to pull off.
Highly recommended. I listened to the entire series in a couple of weeks and can't wait for the next.
Johnson's writing is exceptional. I was regularly staggered by his insight, humor and observation all rolled up into a very good mystery. WARNING: You will want to visit Wyoming after reading this book.
You will fall in love with all the characters. They are fleshed out as real human beings with weaknesses, strengths, and likeability factors such as character tics. I could listen to George all day and never tire of his voice...in fact I do as I go about my tasks in the workshop. When this book was completed, there was a void in my ear so I immediately downloaded the next Longmire book. I am finished with the series and am filling the void by re listening to my collection of Longmires! Happy listening!
This story from start to finish was a pleasure. Well-written story and excellent performance. The narration of this is so good, it deserves to be listened to. I've had a few disappointing downloads lately so it was so nice to find this book. The characters are very real and while it does get slightly woo woo (Indian spirits) in one place, it's done in a believable way. Everything else is so believable.
So hard to pin point! The drunk at the lake was a hoot. Overall the dialogue between people while not exactly comedic or snarky was just so real that it made me smile. There were times I laughed out loud.
I'd say the main character. You really feel like you know him and his performance of a Wyoming sheriff is so down-to-earth.
A real western.
I did figure out "who done it" by mid-book, but it didn't matter I still enjoyed the book and I'm not sure everyone will figure it out. So many books go too far. This one was just right.
In my heart, no one can replace Tony Hillerman, but Craig Johnson is beginning to fill this gap, I suppose if anyone is ever able. The loss of those wonderful stories of the Navajo People left a vacancy in my heart, as I had grown to love all of his characters like family. Mr. Johnson, I sincerely appreciate the very big shoes you are having to fill. I am happy your adventures lie within the Big Sky country. On Audible.com, I have downloaded every book you have on that market. I also watch Longmire. Your Longmire actor is first rate! He totally matches my vision! The other actors are very good also, but having your stories read by the superb Mr. Guidall, whose voice rings in my mind, Lt. Leaphorn, brings the cozy feeling, visions of red dirt, and essence of pinon smoke to my senses. Thank you, Mr. Guidall for transforming your characters into living, breathing beings! You have no equal when it comes to The West. The down side of that is, however, I have real difficulty with any other genre you read. You are Leaphorn, Chee and now Longmire. Thank you Mr. Johnson for some great new adventures! You have a solid, faithful fan in me. Keep up the good work.
Sorry about the cliche headline but within 10 minutes into this book I realized I was enjoying it immensely on many levels. Great story. Great humor. Great characters. Fantastic narration. I realized that this was something special and I knew I would soon be getting the entire series and would probably listen to the series several times over the next few years.
Although completely different characters and genre, I like Sheriff Walt as much as I like Miles Vorkosigan in Bujold's Barrayar novels.
I particularly liked the mystical touch when Walt was saving Henry during the blizzard. It was well done. It wasn't obviously supernatural, which I don't care for, but it was evocative. It expressed Walt's connection to his best friend, Henry, a Cheyenne.
I liked any scene with Vick in it. She is great.
Yes. And then I'd start over and listen again.
I hope the other books in the series are as good.
Craig Johnson has got to be a pseudonym for James Lee Burke. The formula is exact!
Former Vietnam Vet lawman dealing with anger issues and dead wife, and romancing a new one. His best friend is a Vietnam Vet, who drives a clunker and even though not a law officer, he is the Sheriff’s back up man. Small police force and the best cops on it are women. Main character has an only female daughter who is a college grad. Main character also has several bullet wounds. Alcoholism is featured throughout story… the list of similarities is never ending… Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining, it is a great story. Oh, George Guidall is a star narrator!