“A life without friends means a death without company.” Basque proverb
Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire is back in action in this satisfying sequel to The Cold Dish. The tone of the book is similar to its predecessor, but the story is entirely different. This time Walt and company are attempting to discover the cause of death and later the causer of death of an elderly woman living in a nursing home.
The book opens and closes with a burial. Johnson did something similar in his first book, and in the second one he brackets the book with burials. At the beginning of the book he is in a cemetery talking to the man in charge of preparing graves. The reader learns a great deal about the history of burials, and I was beginning to think it wasn't going anywhere when Walt said, "Do you ever stop talking?" to the garrulous old man. This brings us back to the familiar, soft spoken man we knew in the first book. I really like Walt. It's no wonder there are bumper stickers for "Walt Longmire for Sheriff" in Absaroka County, Wyoming.
Johnson’s Walt Longmire books make me laugh and cry and think. He has a delightful way of phrasing sentences to create images in the mind of the reader. The occasional flashes of Native American (or as Walt would say, Indian) spirituality enhance the story.
I loved this book. I hope Johnson keeps creating memorable characters, and I hope George Guidall keeps narrating them.
Craig Johnson writes really well, his characters are multifaceted, and his plots are unpredictable. This is an excellent series. His plotting and settings remind me a bit of Jamie Harrison and her Jules Clement mysteries.
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As a young adult, I spent years in Kemmerer WY-at 7000 feet with 2 grocery tires and 13 bars,They had KMER-am just 1 AM radio statin that played rock music for an hour on sunday afternoon, followed by an hour of classical music-then back to country and western for the balance of the week.I actually took my collection Rock and Roll albums over to the station so they would have something new to play The boss wouldn't even consider Strawberry Alarm Clock or the Greatful Dead,, but did ok Neil Diamond and The Beach Boys. It was crazy man!!!
I couldn't wait to get out of the place and back to the California Beaches. I went over to Wyoming for true love and guess what-it didn't work out-he was a roustabout on the oil fields from 5am Monday to 5PM Friday, usually got home b y sunday morning after drinking his way from La Barge, slept all day saturday while I madly washed his clothes to get them ready then we'd go out dancing and kicking up our heels in the bars...I wouldn't go dancing in a bar I was working at (thats all there was for me to do) For a california girl it was a crazy cultural change.. That was over 40 years ago and I never had a desire to go back until listening to the Craig Johnson "Walt Longmire" series. A touch of longing for my youth here.
I just finished the second of the series and have to say that George Guidall gives a real WY voice to the book. That excellent narration along with great twisted plots and Craig Johnsons excellent writing give a beautiful voice to what is a desolate part of our country.
It's easy to compare these to the Tony Hillerman books-but they are much more up to date-after all, Hillermans books are 20 something years old now.
Walt Longmire is a great character and the series is totally about him-I understand A&E had 4 Longmire hour long productions based on the books this year...I missed the first series but look forward to the 2013 season-though the grizzly bearded and mustached Longmire in the books appears pretty clean faced in the prints from the series-there is a reason high country men grow beards and long hair-it keeps them warm. Believe me, as a woman I wished I could grow a beard some days when it didn't reach -20 degrees for weeks.
I have enjoyed hearing the language of the high country-it's different from other parts of the county. Roustabouts talk differently' cattlemen and sheep men talk differently too. Indians speak their own language and when they speak west western english it's unlike any other form of english you've ever heard. Language differences from So Calif to Wyoming were really hard for me to learn--yeah I was a beach bunny with little experience except tending bar...so thats what I did It was a great job for a 20 something back in 1967. I lived cheap in a room over a bar and saved my money so I could move someplace warm-like back to Venice California, where I was by 1973. 6 years in Wyoming is 6 years could as hell 3/4 of the year. But still, I have fondly paged thru photographs, the elementary school my eldest son walked to where he got chased home by a snow plow (we were from So california-he'd never seen a snow plow before.)
This is an excellent well written series. I find some similarity to the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series by Robert Crais in theme and the way the partners play off each other. Elvis Cole has quiet man Joe Pike and Walt Longmire has Cheyane res native Henry Bear....much of the give and take between the 2 sets of partners sounds the same though the clothes they wear wouldn't make the cut.
Try something different-A "Walt Longmire" will pull you in. The are stand alone novels but Ii'm reading them in order...sort of like I did with Tony Hillerman."
Not a lot of Political correctness in these books-they are written pretty true to the feelings-though the natives have a vocal voice I didn't experience In the 1960s...still the books face rural problems like cooking meth andy trouble with drinking on the rez.
A thinking woman/mans hay burner type book. Worth the credit. Betcha ya can't just read one of 'em.
This is the 2nd in the series, and 2nd i've listened to. So glad that it kept the great mix of humor, personality, and plot... I'll keep reading this series and to me, there is no better compliment.
This is the second Walt Longmire I read, and I am head-over-heels with this series. The main character, Walt, is what initially drew me in, but with this second book I realize just how well-done the rest of the main characters are. This is a good mystery with great characters and -- as an added bonus -- an interesting voyage into Basque culture.
George Guidall seems to be reading himself - it is very, very well done. And the story is quite good as well as the main character is quite reachable. I'm a fan.
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I get all the Craig Johnson, Walt Longmire books simply because he is a great character and the books are so pleasant a way to spend one's time. Always good and worth a a credit!
Great "who dunnit" book - not obvious like most.
The characters of this series are detailed and likable.
Cannot go wrong with George Guidall. He is by far my favorite narrator.
I have enjoyed everything by Craig Johnson and there could be no better narrator for his stories than George Guidall.
These are not "cowboy" stories, but they have that warm, cozy feel. Walt Longmire is not a young stud, but he portrays such a comfortable person I would love to have him as my friend. These people are not perfect, but they are real and you care about what happens to them.
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I enjoy this book, as I have all of them, and find that it's been very helpful in many ways. When we get to Philadelphia, I have no doubt that I will be able to find the landmarks mentioned in this book and appreciate even more of the finer details.
Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear drive to Philly, along with Dog in Lola, a classic powder blue convertible. Henry is exhibiting some photographs in an art museum show, and Walt came along to see his daughter, Katie, a Philadelphia lawyer. Dog came for the ride. Things are different in the big city - but not that different, as the characters soon find out. Katie is attacked and in serious condition with a head injury as her father tries to figure out who would want to harm her, and why.
There are many people who come in contact with the Westerners as they try to sort out who, what, where, and what it all has to do with Katie.
George Guidall does his usual excellent job of reading and voicing all of the characters. These books should be listened to in order and at the same time, as they build on one another and continue the story. They can stand alone, but the progression of the story is important, and enhanced greatly. The fortunate part is that all of them are relatively short, particularly when listened to on a fast setting, and this makes it possible to get through these in quick succession. Otherwise none of us would ever get anything else done.