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"The quick pace and tangled web of interconnected crimes will keep readers turning pages." (Publishers Weekly)
This was a very good entry in the series by this author. There was good connection from previous characters and storyline, but new and interesting events to carry it to a different end.
I know a little about Philadelphia but Walt knew much more, somewhat odd since it was his first time there. No matter. His friendship with Henry, his love for his daughter, the connection with Vic (or "the terror" as she is known in this book) and her mother all present fascinating material to read.
As previously, the narration and direction is fantastic. Mr. Guidall once again superbly displays nuances that differentiates between the characters and enhances them with his reading. He is fast becoming one of my favorites to listen to.
Do yourself a favor, get this series and enjoy your summer!
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
It's just not the same in Philadelphia. I liked this entry in the excellent series, but "Kindness" lacks something because it's not in Wyoming and Montana. There's just not that same sense of belonging in a place.
So, enough for varying the locale - now it's time to return home and keep the series there! Anyone who's a fan of Longmire (and there are many of us!) will want to listen to this addition, but I wouldn't start here.
As usual, George Guidall is just perfect!
Walt Longmire comes to life, and you'll want to invite him over for supper in Craig Johnson's great mysteries set in the Wyoming. Readers will be refreshed by the accurate descriptions of the daily life and atmosphere of the small town surrounding. I encourage those who enjoy Hillerman to read The Cold Dish.
With the main characters so well established in the first two books, Craig Johnson took a little bit of a different direction by concentrating much more on the mystery at hand. This doesn't mean that there weren't engaging new characters. Of course there were! This is Craig Johnson! But this book clearly shifted from character-driven from plot-driven. And the plot was outstanding; a great way to present a slightly shifted format.
Henry's ritual in the hospital was my favorite scene because the reactions of Walt and Henry following the ritual really showed the close friendship the two share.
I listened to this book on an interstate drive, so I did listen to it all in one sitting. When it was over, the car seemed awfully quiet in a way that the next book I started (not another Longmire) could not really fill it.
This book shows more deep emotion than the first two. I'm not talking the drunken depression of the first book. This book explores the darkness of the soul that can come from hopelessness and the return to the light that hope can bring. It is the first of the series that made my eyes fill a little bit.
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This book really pulled me in, which is starting to become par for the course with this series. The great thing about Walt as a character is you can really take him anyway and it would be an interesting story.
This is my 3rd Longmire story & I plan to continue!
Johnson nailed it again, and just to keep it fresh he changes the venue to Philadelphia.
Initially I was worried the location would hurt the story but putting Longmire in a classic fish out of water tale works well.
The story has plenty of twists and turns, a good deal of interpersonal actions and classic Longmire dialog to make me want more.
This is a must read/listen.
Special thanks to my girls Stacy, Sash and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and for being there during my multiple recoveries
Sheriff Walt Longmire heads east to Philadelphia to meet his daughter's fiance and his parents. Walt and his best friend Henry Standing Bear drive east in Henry's 59 T-Bird Lola. Upon arriving Walt is contacted by Katie and she informs him she'll be working late. So he is certainly surprised when he's contacted by the hospital to learn that his daughter is in a coma; the victim of a fall at a Philadelphia landmark far from her office.
Thus begins Walt's search for his daughter's fiance; whose life ends as he's tossed off a bridge. Now the search widens and intensifies as Walt becomes a suspect in the death.
Woven into the narrative is a Mainline Philly kid billy Carlyle; now "white Indian" William White Eyes who continues to appear and disappear. Plus a less than ethical ADA with sketchy connections; a Latin druglord and an inner city black thug.
Woven into the plot is the omnipresent Moretti police family; including Walt's deputy Victoria Moretti; aka Vic, aka Vic the Holy Terror. Her father Victor the Chief of Detectives, brother Michael who is becoming enamored with Katie, and mother Lena who appears to be infatuated with Walt.
As is probably a part of every Sheriff Longmire mystery Walt goes off an individualistic hot dog chase in which he engages in an unarmed chase with a shotgun toting thug. In the end the crimes are solved; the guilty punished and ties between the Longmire and Moretti clans are further intertwined. As usual George Guidall is the gold standard in narration and this is the high water book of the series thus far.
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I HAVE LISTENED TO 5 OF THE 9 BOOKS, AND FOUND THIS ONE A BIT HARD TO FOLLOW. UNFORTUNATELY THE AUTHOR USES SEVERAL NAMES OR NICKNAMES FOR THE SAME PERSON WHICH FOR THE MOST PART WITH THE REGULAR CHARACTERS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FOLLOW, BUT THIS ONE LOST ME.
I DO LIKE THE SERIES A LOT, AND REALLY ENJOY THE NARRATOR.
I listen and read books for entertainment. Just the joy of getting lost in that world provides an outlet from day to day stress.
I have not read the print version therefore I cannot answer this question.
With the different subplots and the addition of meeting Vic's family, I found the story hard to put down. It provided background on her character and how Walt interacts with them. Also, we have more background on his relationship with his daughter Katie.
The careful interchange between the characters. He brings them to life with his inflections and how they interact with each other.
Its hard to go unnoticed when you are in a powder blue vintage convertible with a Cowboy, Indian, Brunette and a dog inside.
I started reading these after watching and loving the Longmire series on television. As we always say, the books are much better.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (Modern Cowboy/Detective) In this book Walt goes to Philadelphia and must solve a mystery surrounding a serious injury to his daughter, Cady. I'm not a huge fan of Western-type stories which is probably why this isn't my favorite series, but this book is my favorite of the three so far. It is a pretty good mystery, but the best part is the way the story is told, just the characters and the way it is written. You will enjoy Walt's laid-back cowboy sheriff character, and his sidekick Henry adds a unique Indian perspective to the story. Then there's Vick, the potty-mouthed female deputy who always manages to say something totally inappropriate.
There is shooting and killing, but I wouldn't consider it a particularly violent book. If you have been following this series, you will be treated to a nice surprise in this book, something that totally caught me off guard! The story can stand alone, however.
PERFORMANCE - Even though Guidall is a popular and very good narrator, I don't like his voice...EXCEPT in this series. You can't get a better pairing than George Guidall as Walt Longmire and Henry Standingbear. Perfection.
OVERALL - Pretty good, but not a must-hear in my opinion. (I'm a minority here, as this series is very highly rated.)
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