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)
Sorry about the cliche headline but within 10 minutes into this book I realized I was enjoying it immensely on many levels. Great story. Great humor. Great characters. Fantastic narration. I realized that this was something special and I knew I would soon be getting the entire series and would probably listen to the series several times over the next few years.
Although completely different characters and genre, I like Sheriff Walt as much as I like Miles Vorkosigan in Bujold's Barrayar novels.
I particularly liked the mystical touch when Walt was saving Henry during the blizzard. It was well done. It wasn't obviously supernatural, which I don't care for, but it was evocative. It expressed Walt's connection to his best friend, Henry, a Cheyenne.
I liked any scene with Vick in it. She is great.
Yes. And then I'd start over and listen again.
I hope the other books in the series are as good.
Having some family history in Wyoming, I was curious to read this book. Also being a fan of Harry Bosch, I was looking for more good detective fiction. I wish I'd found this sooner. The amazing thing is that it seems to be the authors first book! It is so well shaped and "finished" feeling that I was really surprised to find it wasn't from an experience novelist.
It's as good as any whodunit based anywhere, the suspense, the investigation, the characters are beautifully crafted. It doesn't have that uneven feeling you get from new authors who sometimes drop the ball and you can get bored.
You will feel like you know Walt Longmire, and you will know his voice. It's George Guidall. I like his narration much more in this than the Cat Who...books. He really has nailed Longmire.
Later I found that there is a television series on a premium channel, and I got to see one episode. They have rearranged some of the characters. Harumph! All I will say is that the Longmire and Standing Bear characters are well cast. I'm not sure who the others are.
Craig Johnson has got to be a pseudonym for James Lee Burke. The formula is exact!
Former Vietnam Vet lawman dealing with anger issues and dead wife, and romancing a new one. His best friend is a Vietnam Vet, who drives a clunker and even though not a law officer, he is the Sheriff’s back up man. Small police force and the best cops on it are women. Main character has an only female daughter who is a college grad. Main character also has several bullet wounds. Alcoholism is featured throughout story… the list of similarities is never ending… Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining, it is a great story. Oh, George Guidall is a star narrator!
The humor mixed in with the mystery and drama. The local color add to the story.
I want to listen to the whole series.
Walt is the best.
The narrator gives a special quality to the character of Walt Longmire
the complex relationships of the characters
the hallucinatory scenes as he was rescuing the suspect and his friend
It made me both laugh and cry
The Narrator was made for this book.
Possibly Lonesome Dove - great story witty - good dialouge between characters. Never a dull moment. You have larger than life characters with drama, pathos and tragedy trying to make the best of it and make sense of the world
Laugh quite a bit, Stayed very intrigued by the story. A few of the seems drew on very visceral emotions
The language is very strong, adult. Not for sensitive readers but appropriate for the genre, area. Captures the essence of life in a small mountain town.
The voice actor adds a ton to this series...
The plot was interesting, came out of left field on me, which I enjoy.
No but I will try another Walt Longmire mystery. It had a predictable ending
The writing is creative and thought provoking, in the vein of James Lee Burke's Dave Roicheaux. The characters are well thought out and multi dimensional which I very much enjoy. The Plot was a little scattered and in the end not as satisfying as the characters themselves
I have not read any of Craig Johnson's books, but I can't imagine the book is better than the multiple voice audio version...unless it included color pictures of the scenery, he paints for the listener.
His referral to Wyoming locations, makes me Google them up to see for myself. I've been to some of them, and it causes me to recall my visits.
His inflections and tone changes, pauses,etc. are wonderful. Makes me think of how the TV Sheriff Longmire...would react in his voice. as a comparison.
Yep !!...should finish today. In a way, I'm glad I cannot listen in one sitting.
Can't wait to order Book #2 in the series
Wish he would continue the fishing details in future books, as I "yearn" to go Trout fishing again soon.
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