Two years earlier, four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.
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"A strong sense of place, a credible plot, and deft dialogue lift Johnson's good-humored debut novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Johnson, who lives in Ucross, Wyoming, knows the Western landscape well, and creates stunning and violent scenes of the Rocky Mountains." (Bookmarks) "We in the West have a major new talent on our hands." (The Denver Post)
Johnson writes on a par with Pat Conroy...(Beach Music). He does his homework ... he is authoritative whether talking about fly fishing, Wyoming, Medical injuries, wine, firearms, or forensic matters.... His descriptions of scenes and characters are vivid. It is not the story but the storytelling that makes this book remarkable. I have just bought his next two in the series and can't wait to start them.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is one of those books that takes you right in, sits you down by the fire, covers your lap with a blanket and hands you a drink. This story of a smart, seasoned and kind Sheriff just had me from the beginning. A fairly small town band of characters only add to the rich story line. A murder of a youth that was convicted of the rape of a young girl starts the roller coaster story line. The banter between the Sheriff and his best friend called Bear is so random and dry that it is just hilarious and sometimes inappropriate which makes it even funnier. Real characters that feel like old friends by the end of the book. The narrator is my favorite male reader. He is excellent. The experience would not be the same without him. I cant wait to continue with this series. Thank you Audible reviewers for leading me to this new series.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but I did - 5 stars worth. It's beautiful, it's funny, it's sensitive. Native American beliefs, music, old-style values, really likable characters, humor all the while building around a core story of abuse. And it's a good story and a good narrator whose perfect for the fictional narrator in the book. I'll miss these characters now that I have to move onto another book
I would and have recommend this audiobook to several friends. The characters are just so interesting and I have some friends that I know watched the series and I'm sure they would enjoy the audiobook. The characters are a little different than in the series but it isn't upsetting as it can be in some series when the TV/Movie is too different from the book.
There is a scene in the wilderness that I found moving but I won't spoil it here. I'll just say that there are scenes that will make you feel.
I wouldn't have necessarily thought that this would be the type of book that I would enjoy. I saw some reviews and decided to give it a chance. It was written and narrated in a way that I could picture the scenery and the people and even some of the vehicles and that surprises me. It was fairly vivid and the characters had some depth. There was a little back story so you knew something about them but it didn't jump all over the place so you got lost as some books do. I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
After thoroughly enjoying the new TV series, LONGMIRE, I though I should begin reading the books. Great move on my part. The descriptions and characterizations are outstanding in Johnson's book. There is also a humorous side of Johnson's writing that seems to be specific to the book because there are no time constraints, as with TV.
Sheriff Longmire has been enjoying lazy days in the Wyoming frontier, with very little to push him into duty. He's even contemplating retirement, and hoping that his brash young deputy from Philadelphia, Victoria, would be elected as the new sheriff. He enjoys times with his friend Harry Standing Bull, and has gotten comfortable with his always honest and opinionated receptionist, Ruby. Keeping a couple of his other deputies in line is less enjoyable. And relations between the Native Indians on the reservation territory, and the remaining population, often takes some diplomacy.
All this is rudely disrupted when a dead body is found in Longmire's territory. This was assumed to probably be from an accident until another dead body is found. These two men had been part of a foursome who raped a fetal alcohol syndrome young women ten years ago. Because they were young, and presumably because it was a white on Native Indian crime, and there was a question of the 'knowledgeability' of the girl, the boys had been given a suspended sentence. Longmire suspects that these may be revenge murders, but wonders why the ten year wait.
The story line is suspenseful; pertinent to racial and disability issues; full of striking banter; and descriptive to a certain local. This book is, hopefully, the beginning of great added pleasure to the LONGMIRE TV show that prompted me read the originals in the first place!!!
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
So glad Audible listeners put me on to this one! Somehow I had missed the Longmire series. George Guidall brings the perfect raspy voice and wry humor to make these characters come alive. Just a great listen!
I am rapidly working my way through this series and I LOVE it. George Guidall's narration is absolutely spot on for each and every character and Walt Longmire is a great man's man protagonist. You really feel the chill and wild beauty from the descriptions of Wyoming, you clearly hear the respect that Craig Johnson has for the mountains and people of Wyoming. There is some cursing (Vic - I speak of you), but it matches the character so well I wasn't as bothered by it as I could have been. I highly recommend these books to anyone who loves a good mystery and a well written book combined with a perfect narrator.
“Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, Barbara Rosenblat, George Guidall, Ralph Cosham.”
Set in a small town in Wyoming this is a modern western mystery series with a touch of dry humor. The narrator is a perfect fit for these characters. A Sherriff with a self-depreciating sense of humor, a female deputy with a kiss my ass attitude and an Indian who refuses to use contractions-what a great mix! Wish the author would write faster!
Audible has been a friend, a companion, and even a connection with my daughter as the process of physical recovery continues.
The first book of the Walt Longmire series, and like many series firsts it wanders around quite a bit; it is easily the longest of the eleven. Walt, Henry, Vic and Ruby are all introduced and the characters have remained remarkably stable through all eleven.
The story begins with Walt living in the shell of a house, his weight keeps increasing, he's drinking too much and hasn't had sex in four years. These are all in reaction to the death of his wife and his daughter's move to Philadelphia. His reverie and his downward spiral are by his best friend Henry Standing Bear and the murder of a young man who three years previously had been the ringleader of a group of boys who raped a young Cheyenne girl. The girl is Henry's niece and is afflicted with the aftereffects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The death of another one of the boys follows as does Walt's first date in many years, a winter blizzard and a helicopter ride. Add in the nephew of the previous sheriff Lucien Conally who sees himself as Walt's successor as sheriff beating a prisoner.
Another element that plays a large role in the book is the third member of the four boys who committed the rape who is continually escaping from custody. He is also the factor that rips the largest hole in the story.
The young man George is attempting an escape during a blizzard with Walt and Henry striving to bring him in. He ambushes Henry, shoots him, tries to shoot Sheriff Longmire and is injured and knocked unconscious by Walt. Walt carries the boy down the hill to the kid's truck puts him the back of a running truck and walks away ordering the kid not to go anywhere. Are you kidding me? What kind of even a half ass decent lawman makes a mistake like that? The sheriff goes back up the mountain; gets Henry and carries him out and seems surprised that the young criminal has actually chosen to run off rather than to stay and wait for the sheriff and the man he shot. Damn who saw that coming.
I won't spoil the ending so I'll just say the of all the decisions made by the audio producers the best was in getting George Guidall as the narrator. He fits the character of Walt Longmire even better than he did those of Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. A solid 4.4 rating and a must listen for fans of the series.
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