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The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery | [Craig Johnson]

The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. 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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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance.

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.

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

©2004 Craig Johnson; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Juanita Whitehall, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-06-07
    Juanita Whitehall, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 08-06-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Read!"

    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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-15-10
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Really good"

    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

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 11-13-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "How Did I Miss This Series?"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bibliopa United States 06-11-12
    Bibliopa United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect combination of great writing and narration"

    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Granite Falls, NC, USA 01-27-14
    Amy Granite Falls, NC, USA 01-27-14 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I love the TV series & now I love the book series!"

    I have a pattern when it comes to adaptations: I go the source material first and read it, and then I watch the adaptation to see how it measures up. Not this time. I fell hard for the A&E television series Longmire thanks to its gorgeous use of setting, consistently excellent acting, and most of all its informed and sensitive portrayal of the interaction and politics between Anglo and Northern Cheyenne communities in Wyoming. In fact, I hesitated about listening to the novels that had inspired the show, in fear that this might somehow compromise my enjoyment of the series. I needn't have worried. Listening to this first of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire novels has only enhanced my appreciation of the Longmire show and convinced me that I need to read all of the other books in the series.

    Johnson fits a compelling mystery into a darkly witty work dedicated to careful characterization, a stunning sense of place, and a thoughtful meditation on the human condition. Johnson deserves tremendous credit for how well he portrays characters of and issues relating to different generations, sexes, and races/ethnicities. Readers who value contemporary Westerns, detective and mystery fiction, noir fiction, and well-written, literate, humane fiction in general should give Johnson a try.

    I now understand why everyone praises George Guidall's narration of this series, as well. I've heard other Guidall narrations, and I knew he was an excellent reader, but wow - he was born to bring these books to life! This is the perfect marriage of text and voice.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 07-21-13
    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This Cold Dish is the best!"

    Great writing, greater heros, and a great setting. Longmire is here to stay I believe.Honestly, one of the best books I've read in a while. Got hooked on the T.V. show (which is also great) and decided to give the first book a try. Wow!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Livia Tucson, AZ, United States 04-17-13
    Livia Tucson, AZ, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!"

    I decided to read this because I really liked the TV series. As usual, the book is better than the series, and now I am helpless -- I have to read the rest of the series. Longmire and the other characters are well developed, interesting, and complex enough to surprise you. the plot is wonderful and twisty, and the narrator is outstanding. The best!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-03-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 04-03-13 Member Since 2012

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

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    "So glad to find this series!!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 03-13-13
    Ronna United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "before TV's LONGMIRE, there were these books!!"

    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!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 06-09-12
    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 06-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent character-driven & plot-drive story"

    The narrator did a great job of adding to the likeability of wonderfully written characters, and his voice was a perfect complement to the pace of the story. In a successful series like this, you might expect a compelling main character, and the author certainly delivered that. The nice surprise for me was how well defined the supporting characters were. There are at least four supporting characters that I feel I know almost as well as the sherriff. Loved the writing style. The dialogue was brilliant and quotable in places. One of those rare books that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Refreshing to have a 50-plus hero for a change. The Indian ghosts created brilliant imagery. Loved the book. Looking forward to the next one in the series to follow my new friends.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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