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Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery | [Craig Johnson]

Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.
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Publisher's Summary

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

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What the Critics Say

"The quick pace and tangled web of interconnected crimes will keep readers turning pages." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Bonnie Skull Valley, AZ, United States 10-29-10
    Bonnie Skull Valley, AZ, United States 10-29-10 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Series"

    I'm not really listening to the series in order (I bought Dark Horse first and haven't listened to A Cold Dish) but it hasn't hurt my enjoyment. Each story has been complete and satisfying in its own right. I loved that this one was set in Philadelphia, and that it was kind of a "buddy story" between Walt and Bear. In fact, I'm usually more interested in plot-driven mystery novels, but this is a series where I'm really enjoying the unfolding of relationships. I simply love George Guidall's voice, especially when Walt says something subtle and heartfelt like"I'm not talking to you." Great inflection caught just right.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Wasilla, AK, USA 02-18-08
    Rebecca Wasilla, AK, USA 02-18-08
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    "A Great Read"

    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 02-11-14
    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "HARD TO FOLLOW"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LN Baltimore, MD 01-10-14
    LN Baltimore, MD 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen and read books for entertainment. Just the joy of getting lost in that world provides an outlet from day to day stress.

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    "The Cowboy, Indian and the Dog are in Philly!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kindness Goes Unpunished to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version therefore I cannot answer this question.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The careful interchange between the characters. He brings them to life with his inflections and how they interact with each other.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Its hard to go unnoticed when you are in a powder blue vintage convertible with a Cowboy, Indian, Brunette and a dog inside.


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading these after watching and loving the Longmire series on television. As we always say, the books are much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 10-23-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 10-23-13 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "From Wyoming to Philadelphia"

    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.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 08-15-13
    Ronna United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wyoming Sheriff Longmire goes to Philadelphia"

    First, let me say that the opening of this book is one of the best that I've ever read. Sheriff Walt Longmire is attempting to read his grown daughter's favorite childhood fairy tale to a group of very peevish young children in a classroom. This is a group that may actually outlast Walt---great fun!!

    Then the book goes into the real mystery with Longmire going to Philadelphia, with his Native American friend, where "Bear" will be speaking about art, and Longmire will be visiting his lawyer daughter, Cady, and her new boyfriend. But shortly after arriving, Cady is attacked and left in a coma. Her boyfriend is murdered and Walt goes on the search for answers. Walt's sidekick, Vick, and her Philadelphia policemen family are glad for Walt's help. Then all the twists and turns begin.

    This third installment of Longmire takes place completely in Philadelphia. I definitely missed the Wyoming countryside, but Walt kept his own outlook on life in the city. Walt, Bear, and Vick keep the excitement going wherever they are. Romance comes into play now that we are becoming part of the Longmire family too. Keep them coming, Craig Johnson!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-11-13
    Paul AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Overrated"

    I'm reluctant to write this review and sound like a Debbie Downer but it just seems to me the rating is way too high. To each his own, of course but with over 1100 ratings and an average rating around 4.5, this had to be an excellent book, right? I thought the book was solidly...ok. Excellent performance, unique plot and somewhat interesting characters. Finished strong but hardly something I couldn't put down. Somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.0.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 07-05-13
    John NJ, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not my favorite in the series, but still good"

    This book still had the humor and personality of the others in the series, and i'm glad i listened to it, but i felt it got a bit too soppy in places, and a bit trite... like everyone in Vic's family is more a stereotype than a person. Still, i'll definitely continue with this series. In fact, it is my "go to" series for when i've had a less than great read by a different authoer - this one has yet to let me down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-27-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A little kindness towards this book in the series."

    This is the third book in the series of Walt Longmire mysteries by Craig Johnson.

    I loved the first two books and found this third one only o.k. Some parts were good, and the other parts were so-so. I guess it gives you background information for the 4th book, "Another Man’s Moccasins", which I have already downloaded.

    In this book Walt Longmire is placed out of his element of Wyoming and the book is then set in Philadelphia. I am looking forward to him being back in Wyoming in the next book where the setting fits him much better!

    The narrator, George Guidall, was EXCELLENT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-23-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "It just keeps getting better"

    Walt, Henry Standing Bear and of course Dog set out to visit Walt's daughter, Cady, in Philadelphia.   On the evening of their arrival Cady is assaulted and lies in a coma while Walt seethes with anger towards her suspected boyfriend. 

    Suspicious circumstances bring Walt into the fold of an odd murder investigation.  The police more or less ask him for his unofficial assistance so he decides to take on the case.   Upon the arrival of Walt's deputy, Vic, they dive right in and are, of course, immediatly in it up to their necks.  Great story, fast moving. 

    These books are a rare  perfect combination, in my opinion, of  a great narrator and  an outstanding writer.  I have, from the first book, loved the characters, they are amazingly real and unique. 

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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