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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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    Marjan TEMPE, ARIZONA, United States 04-25-13
    Marjan TEMPE, ARIZONA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013

    AZ girl

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    "Breath Taking"
    What did you love best about The Cold Dish?

    The plot has twists and turns that you just don't see coming.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cold Dish?

    I liked the descriptive quality of how Sheriff Longmire dealt with his emotions of loosing his wife and how he felt about allowing a new woman into life.


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

    George Guidall nails it with the inflection in his voice as he portrays each character. I chuckle when he narrates for the female characters because it just works.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoyed it. I'm onto book number 3 in the series and can't put my iPhone down.


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    Lynne SHADY SHORES, TEXAS, United States 04-24-13
    Lynne SHADY SHORES, TEXAS, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    yes, good paced storyline


    What did you like best about this story?

    the place and people


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

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    some laughing, sad when found out who killer was


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    Terry Happy Valley, OR, United States 04-23-13
    Terry Happy Valley, OR, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Delightful humor with an intriguing plot!"

    I have fallen in love with this series. It makes me want to move to Wyoming. The narration by George Guidall makes these books come alive. The stories are a well-blended combination of humor, tenderness, and mystery. I have laughed out loud while listening in my car, and have shed a few tears as well. The enduring relationship between Walt and his best friend Henry Standing Bear is a poignant example of trust and sacrifice. I am going to miss these characters when I finish the series, so Craig Johnson, keep the books coming!

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    Elkay Annapolis, MD 04-16-13
    Elkay Annapolis, MD 04-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Delicious"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold Dish the most enjoyable?

    George Guidall, in his element. I really like Guidall's voice, and I especially like it when he reads dark, edgy Western thrillers (stuff like this, or the Gunslinger, etc). This is a solid story, and although the mystery is basically straight-ahead, there's enough character development and splendid dialog that you won't mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Toss up between Henry Standing Bear and Walt Longmire.


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

    Yes, but I can't reveal it without spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read this. It's wonderful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 04-16-13
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A good man no matter how we decide"

    I am a new fan to this series and am so pleased to be one. This series is a pleasure whether one reads, hears, or sees the work. This kind of work is not suppose to compete or replace work of high aspiration. It is surprising how well it does so. The series is a pleasure actually read. There are reflections and understandings that can make their own way into reading when the text and oneself are all there is to understand. In abstract conversation this is the hand of the artist. We can learn to share his pacing and motions. The series is wonderful when we listen. George Guidall is always wonderful and the stories are strong. It is fun to watch. A&E has done a wonderful job and Robert Taylor may be the best match to a written character ever chosen.

    The best part of this series is a very good argument about the nature of a good man. The specific location, age, and job go a long way to making the discussion so concrete that the reader needs to understand the problem in the nature of a good man. Iris Murdoch agued that it was too difficult to write about good men. She made a boring attempt and even her badly behaving characters were boring. She chose a Utopian description of a good man and so one can barely recognize the man from a fairy tale. This series is more like the side of writing in Joseph Conrad. Utopian notions can not survive specific problems and defining good in specifics reveals how very interesting the problems can be.

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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 04-14-13
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed the writing and plot....but"

    I thought there were many parts of the book that were slow. It would really grab me for a period and then slow down again. It seemed to do this over and over. There was some very clever dialogue, in some parts I found myself laughing out loud (something I rarely do when listening/reading). Overall I liked the book, I just wish it moved a little faster.

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    P. Campbell Upper Black Eddy, PA 04-12-13
    P. Campbell Upper Black Eddy, PA 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "New to this series and loved this first book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version but the audio edition was wonderful


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

    I read lots of mystery/detective genres and this would fit in that.


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

    Haven't listened to others but definitely going to look for other books he has read.


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

    Definitely. Started a touch slow but then I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always looking for new series since I go through at least an audio book a week. This is now on my must read more list.

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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Mystery With Character"

    I am not a regular mystery reader, and picked this up on sale based on the strength of the recommendations. I'm very glad I did.

    I usually enjoy George Guidall's narration, and he seems especially well-suited to this book. I thought his Native American accents were distinct and recognizable, but subtle enough not to be intrusive or hokey.

    There's a good mystery in this story, but it was really secondary to me in my enjoyment of the book. I found the diverse cast of characters to be refreshing--deeply flawed in many cases, but inherently understandable. Johnson (and many of his characters) often seems able to see people in a unique, and almost non-judgmental way. It evokes a surprising sympathy for his characters, and allows the reader to understand them in ways that simple lines of exposition could never do.

    Also, I like books with a well-defined sense of place. Johnson's mythical county is absolutely believable, and can be roughly located on a map. Imaginary or not, it is a rich and real world full of wonderful characters. I'll definitely get around to reading more in this series.

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    C. William Anderson @theseinspire North Dakota, United States 04-11-13
    C. William Anderson @theseinspire North Dakota, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2002

    Charles Wm Anderson

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    "George Guidall IS Walt Longmire"
    Where does The Cold Dish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Cold Dish is at the top. I listened to George Guidall narrate the book and then decided to buy the book to see if appraisal of the book is in any way affected because of Guidall's outstanding narration.

    Craig Johnson reads just as well as George Guidall narrates, and vice versa.

    Only several titles later did I realize why Guidall had a familiar voice - I have a number of his titles, including Basque History of the World.

    As well as Guidall narrated the other 450-plus titles as he has done, there is no character, no subject, for whom he is better suited than Walt Longmire.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He had such a realistic feel to the story and each of the characters sounds exactly like somebody I know.

    I love the Clearmont-Buffalo Wyoming area and, even more so, the Bighorn Mountains and the region from Cody to Thermopolis to Greybull andback through Powell - my favorite area of the planet.


    Should note that Colonial Radio also has a series, Powder River, set in the area (fictional town whose name is same as the real town but at a time the town didn't exist) and I listen to it on SiriusXM when it runs on Fridays and have bought the first five seasons through audible/amazon.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Guidall sounds like my grandfather when I was too young to be a grandfather - makes me feel like I'm listening to my grandfather tell me of an adventurous period in his life.

    As I said, Guidall sounds like he IS Walt Longmire.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Good old boy Wyoming sheriff gets the job done without flamboyance.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited to post this until I had read all eight titles offered by Audible. Please, get more soon before I have to be committed - I'm addicted to this series far more than I ever was hooked on the Sacketts by Louis L'Amour.

    Gotta get another Longmire book. Gotta have. Please...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mandy Payne Hollywood, CA 04-07-13
    Mandy Payne Hollywood, CA 04-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Is it just me?

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    "The Rez"

    The performance was perfect. The voice perfectly fit the western setting, bringing to mind a John Wayne type characterization of a small town Sherrif. I grew up in a town very much like the one described and each character brought to mind someone from that tiny Utah town.

    The story kept a good pace and the characters were well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this modern-day-western. Cowboys and Indians living a tenuously peaceful existence until...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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