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Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery | [Craig Johnson]

Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.
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Publisher's Summary

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web.

From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

Listen to all of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries.

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What the Critics Say

"Johnson combines a vivid sense of the dailiness of life--and the way human relationships take root in that dailiness--with a sure--handed touch for jolting both his characters and his readers out of their comfort zones and deep into harm's way. It's hard to ask for more in a literary mystery." (Booklist)

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    Laura Haverhill, MA, USA 10-04-07
    Laura Haverhill, MA, USA 10-04-07 Member Since 2005
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    "What a wonderful find!"

    On the face of it, the book didn't seem like my kind of mystery. Sherrif in Wyoming? Sounded a bit like a Tony Hillerman book. Tony Hillerman's books are good, don't get me wrong, but this book is really special. The characters are human and very real, not stereotypes, the plot unfolds naturally, the dialog is right on. Nice, dry humor (just my style). And there is a real, plausible mystery at the heart of the story. George Guidall, the narrator, reads everything with just the right touch of irony. I can't recommend this book enough.

    38 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Barbie Smith Austin, TX United States 04-19-08
    Barbie Smith Austin, TX United States 04-19-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Simply the best"

    Craig Johnson is now my favorite author. This is the second of his books I've read and it even exceeds his first, Cold Dish. Johnson is an immensely talented writer. Aside from the good mysteries, he has created unforgettable characters and sense of place. He combines a fantastic wit with just enough warmth to make you care about the characters and the story. I'm not a writer, so I can't do it justice...

    Finally, George Guidall does a _superb_ job of narrating this story. By God I think he was born for such a time as this. Don't think I've read a more perfect author and narrator combination (and i have read many, MANY audio books.)

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 07-27-07
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 07-27-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Longmire is the Man!!!"

    Walt Longmire is my hero! I love all of Johnson's characters as they are real people with real problems doing the best they can. Walt is real, but he's got style! The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat, but comfortably on the edge. You will enjoy the ride. Guidall is the only man for the job with these characters. The other two Craig Johnson/Walt Longmire books available are awesome as well. Listen & Enjoy!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 06-07-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "There's just one thing"

    Let me begin by saying I'm a great fan of the Walt Longmire mysteries. He's an excellent character; though I believe the ancillary characters are actually better. Henry and Vic stand out as the best of those. Now that one thing I brought up in the title; Walt's too much of a hot dog. This is my third book and in each of them Sheriff Longmire has at some point refused to delegate and has taken on some dangerous job by himself instead of calling for back up or engaging a subordinate. If this continues it's going to become so formulaic that it becomes a cliche and I don't want to see this series spoiled that way. In this particular book he decides to send Henry and Dog back to the hospital with an old woman while Walt waits for a killer with one functioning eye. Before that he'd chased the same killer through snowdrifts onto an icy creek instead of calling for help. Someone should tell the author that the sheriff doesn't have to be the hero every time. I'll skip the review of the plot; there are already enough reviews concerning the plot of this work I'll let those stand; this is just a point that I felt needed making.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 07-19-07
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 07-19-07 Member Since 2006

    Born to read

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    "Great Read"

    I read his first book Cold Dish which features the same charaters. it was wonderful

    this book is just as good. I recomend this book to everyone A+ which I do not give to many books

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Addicks 11-27-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Walt and Henry Ride Again!"

    Craig Johnson's Wyoming tale is brought to life by one terrific reader; I've been parceling this series out, trying to make it last through the holiday season since it's treat to find a series so enjoyable. I've wanted to do "book returns" on some of my audible.com purchases, but not this one! You will not be disappointed.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    J D Spring, TX, USA 01-04-08
    J D Spring, TX, USA 01-04-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Go George!"

    I really enjoy this series. A simple whodunnit with George Guidell's narration are what make this series so enjoyable. Mr. Guidell makes it easy to differentiate between all of the characters by his talent for voices, both male and female. He makes this book...

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Don Mayfield Heights, OH, United States 09-04-09
    Don Mayfield Heights, OH, United States 09-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Another good story"

    This is the first author I have ever read that follows one story with another so closely within the fictional time period.
    Most authors are either vague about the time of the event in the story, or they space the stories months or years apart.
    This story is only about two to three weeks after the first book.
    The story is very good, although it appears a pattern is emerging, the twist and turns are still pretty fresh.
    The story covers half a century, so there is lots of depth.
    Enjoy!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    V. Sharol Admire, KS, USA 02-05-08
    V. Sharol Admire, KS, USA 02-05-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Memorable characters"

    “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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 11-12-12
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 11-12-12 Member Since 2011

    book keeper

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    "Another good storyline"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Without Company to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version so therefore, I have to assume it would be the same. I enjoy listening to George Guidall bring the characters to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would be a tie between Lucien and Walt. They are both trying to make sense of life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The old indian woman firing the gun at Walt when he enters the trailer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the woman being beaten by her husband.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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