Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits.
When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.
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I’m a great big Walt Longmire/Craig Johnson/ George Guidall fan. I have enjoyed them all, but I love this one the most. This story has been on my mind, long after I finished it… which is the mark of a great story in my book. I would describe this one as mystery/thriller/modern western with American Indian mythology/spirituality and a bit of the paranormal.
In addition, Dante’s Inferno is very successfully woven into the story line.
Walt is really on his own most of the story, pursuing escaped and dangerous criminals through a snow storm in rough mountainous country. Virgil White Buffalo makes his appearance when the FBI (fans will know what that stands for) is needed most. We get much deeper insights into Vigils character and into an American Indian view of life and death.
I think writing this took a bit of courage on Mr. Johnson’s part. This one is not your typical Walt Longmire story and it would have probably been safer to stick with the successful formula. I for one found this to be a wonderful side trip in an excellent series.
Yes. The particular Johnson storyline of Walt Longmire as sheriff has an underlying spiritual theme to it.
The underlying spiritual theme to the story.
He helps pictures to develop in my mind by the description he gives to the scenes as well as to the characters.
When Walt discovered that the older Indian who had been with him on the trail to find the escapee had been dead for a while.
I waited and waited for this book to hit Audible.com and then absolutely devoured it. About mid way through I was already mourning the fact that George/Walt (I think they're one person) and I were soon to part company again. I've decided to go back to the first book and start over. Walt is an amazing character but I really missed Vic and the Cheyenne Nation in this one :) Great series!!!!
I read so I can write
I have purchased every book in this series and have loved every one so far. I have rated them 5 stars for the great characters and the well written mysteries. i have also enjoyed the depth of the well written prose.
Not this time. For some reason Mr. Johnson has gotten to into the Indian mythology and instead of writing a good crime mystery, he has written a fantasy.
What a shame.
I will continue to enjoy this series and likely listen to most of them twice - but not this one.
The book is about one lawman's search for a very bad man. But the search is mixed with Indian lore and the limits of endurance on a snow covered mountain. It seems long and drawn out, even while it is making a lot of interesting points. There is a lot of discussion of The Inferno, which is not the sort of thing you find in most mysteries. Credit to the author for writing something very original, and trying to lay bare the human soul.
You may walk around in this one for a while. I can still feel it. A departure of sorts for Walt, though the author is careful to craft different settings for his characters. Nothing is formulaic, least of all this one. Not really a mystery, more of a thriller since you know who the bad guys are from the beginning. Very good.
Craig Johnson has a following for a good reason - the man can write great literature. If you have a taste for the classics and have read Dante's Inferno, or even know a bit about it then this effort by Mr. Johnson becomes all the more enjoyable. This is a great suspense novel, and an excellent literary exercise that succeeds on all fronts. If you have read the series from the start then this story will have more meaning as players from the other books have their own special place. Do not treat this as bad news if you have not read any of the other books as they are all excellent, this though is just a special treat with the backdrop of the inferno alive in the story. If you cannot tell I loved the book, one of the best I have read in a very long time and I listen to a lot of audio books. Mr. Johnson's effort here is worth a standing ovation.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Johnson's obsessive affection with Native American culture got away with him on this one. His writing skills are lyrically and abundantly displayed here, but this tome lacks depth and breadth. Several times I wanted to put Walt out of his misery and move on to a more complex story line. Jame Lee Burke is the Master at mixing the metaphysical with the criminal with a sense of balance that keeps one's interest riveted and Mr. Burke's crown finds no threat here, far from it. Johnson should have assigned this one to the spiritually oriented section of the bookstore or perhaps Native American Spirituality as seen through a big white man.
He also tends to want to mine deeply the English Literature degree he paid for and that is at times too clear. These things are best dovetailed into a storyline populated and made credible by the characters this series has previously brought to life. This is only 70-80 pages of a novel.
Dante and the Big Horn Mountain, Wyoming - who would have anticipated this union? Craig Johnson does it again with his Walt Longmire series and this is one of his best. Quite an enthralling story with the Sheriff in search of a psychopathic murderer through the hellish weather of the Wyoming mountain country. You can feel the atmosphere, physically and spiritually, as the relentless Walt seeks the killer even at the high risk of killing himself.
And George Guidall IS Walt Longmire. This book like the other Johnson Longmire stories is beautifully narrated.
One very minor point - I missed the ongoing interaction among Walt, his female associate Victoria Moretti and his life-long friend, Henry Standing Bear. They are there but not so prominent as in other Longmire tales.
One of the best combos available. George Guidall is Walt Longmire.
He has the perfect voice and inflections for a weathered Wyoming Sheriff, who finds himself caught in a spring snowstorm, high in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area while trying to roundup a group of escaped prisoners. Craig Johnson's seventh book in the series tackles not only the unpredictable weather, but leads Walt on a journey mirroring that of Dante, substituting frigid temperatures for the warmer climates of hell. Walt's guide on his mystical trail is the grandfather of a murdered child, some thirteen years earlier, Virgil White Buffalo.
If you're looking for a cool read this summer, the frozen landscapes are sure to drop the thermostat a few degrees, but I'd call it the hottest listen of the summer.
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