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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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    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA BOISE, ID, United States 04-27-12
    LINDA BOISE, ID, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2007

    “Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, Barbara Rosenblat, George Guidall, Ralph Cosham.”

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    "The entire series is an excellent listen!"

    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!

    5 of 6 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 2014
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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 16 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy South Beloit, IL, United States 03-02-14
    Nancy South Beloit, IL, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "WHAT A GREAT LISTEN!!!"

    OMG....I am wondering why it took me so long to discover Craig Johnson and George Guidall. My husband discovered the Longmire series on Netflix and after watching season 1 I quickly looked up Craig Johnson on Audible. This book is my first listen and I'll be getting ALL of them in the Longmire series. This is the best story I have listened to in a very long time.....the story is great and the narrator is REALLY GREAT. I highly recommend purchasing this book. It's a book that you could listen to over and over again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 01-27-14
    Amy 01-27-14 Member Since 2007

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 01-19-14
    Cindy 01-19-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Kept my interest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-24-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 06-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Writer of "Americana""

    Having now listened to four books in the Walt Longmire series, I am without a doubt a loyal fan and will continue to read 'em as long as he writes 'em.

    The only negative I can come up for this book is that it's not as good as Craig Johnson's sequels in the Walt Longmire series. It does drag a bit too much in a couple places, but overall, I would highly recommend this book as well as the series.

    George Guidall is one of the best as far as narration and he doesn't disappoint in this one!

    Put this one on your list - especially those of you who like listening to a series or exhausting an author's list of books.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 03-13-13
    Ronna 03-13-13
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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!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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