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"Full of crackling dialogue, this absorbing tale demonstrates that Longmire is still the sheriff in town." (Publishers Weekly)
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This is another excellent instalment in the life and times of Walt Longmire. In this book, we actually get to see some of Walt's past - his time in Vietnam. And we learn more about him, and why he and Bear are so close. We also learn a lot about what motivates Walt to be the way he is in these books (justice-seeking, upright, willing to bend the rules a bit if he has to).
I don't know how "believable" the premise of the modern day story is, but it was very well written, and we care about all the characters, even those who are only "passing through" the storyline (i.e. we likely won't see them again in Walt's world).
There is just enough mention of Native American life to indicate how that life must be, but not so much that we feel we are being lectured, or that the author is trying to make us feel sorry for/guilty about the situation (even though this might be the state we end up in, it doesn't feel like Johnson is moralizing to get us there).
All in all I think it is my favourite in the series so far, most likely because we learn a lot about Walt's past, and how that has made him into the man he is today. The narration is superb. There is no graphic violence or sex and the swearing is minimal. I bought the rest of the series on Audible.
probably will. I just love Longmire.
He is Longmire.
I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the two stories from two time periods in his life. Also it fills in some history for him and Henry.
For me this episode in the series was not as compelling as the previous books. I still enjoyed it though and of course the narration was outstanding.
The people and relationships set these books apart. The dual time line was done better than I've seen before. Yes, way too many coincidences and too much compassion for any real sherief ... but I'd love to think Longmire exists. The writing is brighter than most the ysteries and I do love the characters.
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Craig Johnson's series just keeps getting better. Although the flashbacks to Vietnam were mostly sad, it helped to show how Walt got to be Walt and why he & Henry are so close. As usual, the supporting characters are unique, such as a 7 foot Indian with hidden depths.
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.
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