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)
The story would stand on its own as a read, but the reader for the story is perfect for an added dimension.
Henry, again the interpretation the reader does of voice and speech cadence adds greatly to the story.
No I have not, but now will do so.
I am a fan of the TV show based on these books, which is why I originally purchased this book, I am now a fan of Craig Johnson and George Guidall and can't wait to listen to more!!
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
What an enjoyable start to an updated Western mystery series. Set in modern-day Wyoming, it features Walt Longmire, the county sheriff, his faithful Native American friend Henry Standing Bear, and a beautiful woman, Vic Moretti, who is not a damsel in distress, but a capable deputy sheriff. I will definitely spend more time with this series.
Absolutely! I started this series in the middle because I'm already hooked on the A&E TV series so I figured I was already ahead of the story. I quickly changed my tune and went back to the beginning so I wouldn't miss a single detail! I'm so glad I did.
He is such a wonderful narrator it's difficult to choose, I love Walt, Henry, Vic, Lonnie, every single one of them have such a distinct voice...he is just great.
The end of this book left me in tears. I can't wait to read the next one!
Bravo Craig Johnson and George Guidall...a total win/win!!!
Please edit. This should have been a 10 hr book. Could have achieved this by picking up the pace and eliminating dialog wondering into meaningless trivia.
Definitely lies somewhere between Parker's Spenser series and Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee books. If you enjoy them you'll love Walt Longmire. Great, fun characterizations.
Could not put it down.
I believe this is a well written book from a technical standpoint. There are lots of characters--and they are fully developed. If you like the West, the setting is well developed and described. And described. But the novel goes on forever, and forever, and then some. The plot develops at a snail's pace, and Johnson never introduces a character who doesn't have a backstory--and Longmire never has a thought that doesn't have a backstory--and he tells us the backstory slowly, and in detail. Did they pay him by the word?
In a murder mystery, it's the plot that moves the action and the reader. Plot is what makes us want to turn the page to find out what happens next. This novel is so, so slow to develop. I knew who the killer was by mid-point in the novel and had to wait through endless stories and sub-stories to get to the point where Longmire discovered it. I won't belabor this any more; unlike Johnson, I know when to end the story. If you want atmosphere and backstory, read this novel. Otherwise, look for another author.
The characters are well developed and original. Mr Guidall is a great narrator. Walt is not the usual sheriff but a great person and Henry is someone I would like to know. They would both make great dinner companions.
The plot did drive the story, the murderer was not anyone I expected. I enjoyed this book and listened to it over 2 days. The back story needed to be told, it made the story smooth without saying hurry up and get to today.
The first time I listened to Mr Guidall was in "The Cat Who..." series, the more serious storyline made me really apprecite his talent. Drama has more range than fluff. But we all need fluff occassionally.
I would have liked to, but other commitments prevented it.
I am reading the series and thoroughly enjoying it. When I found out it is a A&E series and I missed two seasons I wished I had found Walt and friends sooner. If you do like the series the books are better. I hope Mr Johnson has many more good ideas and books in him.
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
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.
I read some reviews that labeled this book as a western genre. Since I am not a western genre reader, but with all the positive review this book received, I was willing to give it a try. Great sense of humor from the main character and his best friend. The narrator of the book made the book even more enjoyable.
Love every character
The scene in the blizzard on the mountain. Literally brought tears to my eyes.
I feel like he makes the book come alive. Its a great story, and every character has depth. I think I would enjoy reading the book, but I simply love listening to it. The man's voice is perfect for the role.
Yes and yes. I laughed out lout several times, and welled up with tears at least once. The main characters are grizzled heroes, titans among men, and yet they all have their flaws. I found myself looking forward to every aspect of the story, even the budding romance scenes.
Great book. I don't usually write reviews, but I feel like I need to promote this one. Best credit I've used since Tales of the Otori.
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