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)
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this story...this is the 2nd book I have listened to narrated by George Guidall.
Never guessed the killer...I like that in a mystery!
Very slow paced. Cliched characters. Story is ok, but should have been more to the point.
George Guidall (the person reading the book)... Too old for the main character. Also, apparently, nearly everyone in the West other than the few main character in this book sound the same - high pitched, fast talking, nasally, and whiny.
I gave this book a shot to try something different. I would not recommend it.
The reader is fine, just too old to be Walt. Other characterizations are very good.
Like many people, heading west is a lifelong dream. Even as a teen, I could always see myself in Wyoming. Being from Florida, the western life is about as different as one could imagine from my own. This is the only western series I've found interesting and is pretty close to how I imagined that life would be. I love the characters, the scenery descriptions and the situations. Walt is a terrific lawman; mostly by the law but also applied with common sense, firm without being rigid. Vic is a hoot and (ironically) reminds me of my husband: a hard protective shell to defend the soft heart. Henry Standing Bear is someone I'd love to have as a best friend. He's loyal, wise, brave and capably straddles the two worlds in which he lives. Lucian seems more a caricature and gets away with more than is plausible, but he is entertaining.
I do have a couple qualms with the writing. One is the seemingly politically correct handling of the Native Americans. Being 1/8 Indian myself I am equally amazed and baffled by reservation life. Mr. Johnson seems to almost revere the reservation residents and their ancestry to the point of not wanting to offend. Thus, the "bad guys" are almost always white. One can be respectful while remaining balanced.
Another is being able to follow the endings. It seems, and maybe it's just me, that the endings are told in a rush. Most of the endings tie up neatly, but I always have to go back and listen more than once.The books and the TV series are both musts for me, but they are better looked as separate entities. As with most adaptations, changes are made that don't really seem necessary and most don't take away from the effect. Robert Taylor is perfectly cast as Walt Longmire, which makes it difficult to picture him with the narrator being obviously quite a bit older. Overall I love the series and will listen to them all.
I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.
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