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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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    Maureen Lake Geneva, WI, United States 01-24-12
    Maureen Lake Geneva, WI, United States 01-24-12
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    "Enjoyed, as always, but not sold on solution."

    I can't say too much without giving away too much, but I was a little disappointed with the final resolution.

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    steve 01-08-12
    steve 01-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a GREAT debut effort by Craig Johnson!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    I can't imagine the printed version being better than the audio version. George Guidall's delivery and timing is perfect. He really makes the characters stand up on their own. If I was reading, instead of listening, to this book I don't think I could give it the same punch that he delivers.


    What other book might you compare The Cold Dish to and why?

    Believe it or not, this series of books reminds me of the Stephanie Plum series. Instead of Jersey, it's Wyoming. Instead of Mafia, it's Cowboys and Indians. While maintaining a serious and interesting story line, there's enough humor and comic relief to give the book a soft edge.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Although George Guidall has an impressive list of books he has narrated, the only other books I have heard him read have been Stephen King's Dark Tower series. He did a wonderful job with these considering he had to fill Frank Muller's shoes. His performance in this book is just as stellar. I really loved his adaptation of the indian characters, especially Henry Standing Bear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Certainly! This is a story that will have you wearing your mp3 player in the shower so you can find out how it ends.


    Any additional comments?

    While not all the Walt Longmire books are as good as this one, it's still a great series and I'm looking forward to the next one. This book is a credit well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12-27-11
    12-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Almost a really good read"
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    No but I'll listen to others of the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    Walt is real and likable.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Guidall is always excellent and one of my favorites.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen only in my car


    Any additional comments?

    The overall would have gotten all stars except for the potty mouth Vic. She lacks likability and, in real life I would tolerate one like her for one minute. She is a detraction to the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-29-11
    Diane Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic writing and performance!"

    My father mentioned that he loved these books and they really are fantastic. Set in a small northern Wyoming town, Craig Johnson really captures the feel of a small town sheriff's life (I grew up in a small town with a sheriff similar to Walt Longmire). The writing is clever and entertaining. George Guidall is absolutely perfect for this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Millersville, MD, United States 11-28-11
    Carol Millersville, MD, United States 11-28-11
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    "Confusing"

    I'm on chapter 11 and I find the author's style of writing to be confusing, particularly regarding the setting of many sections. I find myself often thinking, "Where/when the heck is this part of the story happening?" Rewinding to the beginning of the confusing part doesn't seem to help. The characters are kinda interesting, but there isn't enough action, detecting, or suspense for me to really say I'm enjoying this book. If it picks up and I change my mind, I'll amend my review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    motown Bangor, Maine 11-28-11
    motown Bangor, Maine 11-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this mystery, but was THRILLED with the narrator and the mystery itself. It was wonderful. George Guidall was perfect for the part and did multiple voices well. I can't recommend this book more.

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    ellen United States 11-02-11
    ellen United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "great story and narration"

    I have loved everyone of Craig Johnson's books The narrator has the perfect voice for Sheriff Walt Longmire...and I love the characters in this series....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Grantsville, Ut, United States 07-15-11
    Tammy Grantsville, Ut, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Read"

    I just discovered this author and can't wait to read the next in the series. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book as much as this one. It makes you laugh and cry. The narrator did a wonderful job - and I think it is one of the best listen's ever. .

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    stephen Atlanta, GA, United States 05-15-11
    stephen Atlanta, GA, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Series"

    I have listened to the first two books and I like Cold Dish better than Death Without Company but both I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are fantastic and the narration is spot on. If you like this series you may like R.D. Wingfield's "A Killing Frost", a similar approach to the crime thriller with big characters and an ironic sense of humor, albeit British,, Killing Frost is still one of may favorite audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles woodbridge, CA, United States 05-13-11
    Charles woodbridge, CA, United States 05-13-11
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    "I don't get it"

    I see all the great reviews and I just don't get it. I guess there must be something wong with me but I really need a story to move forward. This book started out out well and had my interest but then it almost stopped for at least two hours. Very annoying. Not a good book to keep a person motivated on long bike rides.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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