By far this book is the best in the Walt Longmire series. Sheriff Walt intermittently flashes back to reveal a murder investigation of a Vietnamese prostitute that he befriended during his service in Vietnam, that ties him to a current murder investigation 40 years later in his jurisdiction. Filled with all the wonderful ingredients that Author Craig Johnson sprinkles into his novels, including a homeless big indian with a disturbing past, brilliant humor, hardcore facts/history, native spirits, and of course reader George Guidall who is a master at bringing to life all of the characters.Built into all of the Walt Longmire stories, the author succeeds in informing about real life societal problems and indignities that happen to people...such as the prejudices towards plains Indians, violence towards women, children, and the misfortunate, and in this book, human sex trafficking. Although these issues are revealed, it doesn't drag the story down.
As always, my favorite character is Walt Longmire and his lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear. In this story, it is Virgil White Buffalo. A misfortunate, mysterious, and misunderstood 7 foot tall homeless Indian.He is initially the first suspect in the murder, but his troubled misfortunate past is revealed by Walt's investigation. My least favorite character is the hot shot deputy, Vic. A highly decorated Philadelphia cop who is Walt's right hand deputy. She is crude, foul mouthed, and is always throwing herself at Walt. She is the only character I just can't stand in this series, but I guess you can't like everyone.
My husband and I love listening to Craig Johnson books in the car, we love the humor and wit along with the descriptive details of the different areas of Wyoming. His story lines are very captivating and well written. The reader does an excellent job in portraying Walt Longmire. The books are way better and more interesting than the TV series. (Even though I am a fan of the show).
This was one of my favorite Walt Longmire Mysteries.
I really liked getting to know what Longmire experienced in Vietnam.
It was quite enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
The narrator, George Guidall, was awesome.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Walt just gets better. This one weaves into the story line Walt and Henry's history in wartime Vietnam, Walt's basis for police work, prostitution, white slavery, the treatment of the those who do not fit the usual mold, and how history can have an impact on the present. It was profound in a few places. Entertaining. If you don't know this series, you are missing a huge treat. Also made into an A and E TV show but the books are different so there is little repeating.
I just couldn't follow the plot. There was too much flashback into Walt's Vietnam days. I didn't like this book.
I love the narrator. He makes it all so alive. Of course Walt's voice is perfect.
I love the thinking involved and self examination of Walt by Walt and his friends. I love the Cheyenne Nation too.
have listened to several in this series but out of order. Am now filling in.
Thank you Mr Johnson and Mr Guidall.
I simply love this series and each book is different. The writer tries to work with language or plot in all the books. The interview at the end of book 2 on audible is a help to understanding this book's place in the writer's idea, but as a reader it pleases me most as art. This one uses time and memory in a way that actually reading the book is an advantage and the audio a reminder. This writer invests himself in the choice of words and though it is not obtrusive or obsessive- it sure does help imagination and memory. The generational shifts and choices in community are part of the joy in the series. This one carries the Viet Nam generation into and out of memory. I probably like it just because I remember the time and the problems. The story is solid though and the plot feels discovered rather than plotted.
How it interweaved Walt's past with his present and show another side of him that, for me, hadn't been represented in the audiobooks I have listened to so far. I was not disappointed!
Helllllllooooo! Have you read any of these books? Yes, it kept me riveted, wondering, laughing my head off and entertained. Nothing new, just grateful for.
I rarely can select or pinpoint any one scene as a favorite, but I really enjoyed the flashbacks, they gave me a different take on Walt and helped me to better understand how he came to be the man he now is; no less determined and still a smart***. I always enjoy the banter Walt and Bear share, but that goes for Vic and the rest as well. Singularly I'm not sure how the book would fare, but collectively, it never misses!
LIKING the entire book to the point that I am compelled to write a review is an extreme reaction for me.
Get it! You can't miss with this one either and as with the others, you will laugh out loud in the best possible way.
This was a bit different for a Longmire Mystery, it had a lot of flashbacks to Vietnam but appropriate for the story. It really gave you another insight into the character of Walt Longmire.
The big Indian, I don't want to spoil so just enjoy the layers that unfold.
Suen Kim, I don't know if I spelled her name correctly because I never saw it, only heard it. What a fun exchange between characters.
I didn't think the Longmire series would be for me, but gave A Cold Dish a try, and I was hooked. The characters are great offering some dead pan humor. The story was interesting, switching from present to Longmire's time in View Nam. Sometimes when a book switches venues often, it's hard to follow, but this wasn't. Everything in the Viet Nam segments applied directly to what was going on in the main story. If you're looking for fast moving, on the edge of your seat, this isn't it. But if you like a good mystery with interesting characters, I recommend this.