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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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    VerusX Tucson, AZ, United States 11-19-13
    VerusX Tucson, AZ, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A well written Western"

    The US equivalent of a British mystery .... interesting character wanders around meeting other interesting characters and doesn't let story get in the way. The story is carried by excellent and intelligent prose. Very much like a Peter Lovesy Inspector Diamond book but with more humor.

    Highly recommended.

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    Jacqueline Seavey 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cowboy & Indian detectives in modern day Wyoming!"
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    I started listening to Walt Longmire stories based on another Audible reader's recommendation. Although I do not profess to bend towards "Western" type genre, I can honestly say I AM HOOKED on this series. I am now back tracking to read this series in order after beginning with book 4.

    I like the way Craig Johnson has constructed the Walt Longmire character. Always throwing in tidbits of sociological and historical information without being preachy, just as a matter of fact. I love Walts friendship with Henry Standing Bear and his friendship ties with the locals and Indians alike.


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

    I couldn't imagine anyone other than George Guidall reading for this series. He really captures the essence of Sherriff Longmire as well as Henry Standing Bear (and other Indians). As masculine as he is, he still can pull off reading the female character lines better than most women readers perform (I have a hard time listening to women readers).


    Any additional comments?

    My least favorite character in this whole series is the foul mouthed deputy Vic (short for Victoria) Moretti. Although she is a decorated law enforcement officer and intelligent, I don't care for her personality in this series.

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    elaine 11-17-13
    elaine 11-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "narrator needs to improve his women voices..."
    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a great job with the main character and the other male characters were pretty good. The woman characters all spoke really fast and there was no inflection in their voice. They spoke the same if they were happy, angry or whatever - very fast and monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    I still plan on buying more of the series.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 11-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "AWESOME"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook. Great Listen, great writing. All around A+











    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall did an AWESOME job. Can't wait to listen to the next book.


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

    I've listened to a lot of books over the years, but never did so much laughing out loud like I did with this book. One of the best books I've ever listened to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan Scottsville, Kentucky, United States 10-23-13
    susan Scottsville, Kentucky, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm hooked"
    Would you listen to The Cold Dish again? Why?

    Yes and have


    Any additional comments?

    The story is finely done but the characterizations are what has drawn me back for repeat listens and to the other books in the series.

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    Miles 09-28-13
    Miles 09-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!! - Not The TV Show!"
    What did you love best about The Cold Dish?

    This great story is a perfect read, humor, a great story, vivid characters and fantastic dialog.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He's FANTASTIC, his deep voice and ability to "voice" characters without being campy is fantastic, he's as good as Scott Brick, I could listen to him read the phone book.


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

    I laughed out loud many times, especially due to some of the hilarious dialog. But the difficult parts are painful too . . .You'll care about these characters really quickly!


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book, ready by a phenomenal voice actor, I'm buying the whole series as fast as my credits come

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Anne Larson 09-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Audible.com must"
    What did you love best about The Cold Dish?

    I have listened to Audible books for years due to a long commute. This is the first review I've written despite having enjoyed many of the books to which I've listened. The Walt Longmire series as read by George Guidall is simply terrific. Mr. Guidall brings the characters to life: perfect inflection, never overly dramatic as is often the case with recorded books. His narration reflects the wry, self-deprecating humor and sweetness of Walt, the salty vulnerability of Vic and the unwavering imperturbability of Henry. Mr. Johnson's stories take us to the harsh but beautiful Montana mountains - makes me want to visit (in the summer) - to experience the good and bad of small-town life. Oh, and the mystery stories are good, too. I dare you to try to stop at listening to just one of these books!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Marten Waikoloa, HI 96738 09-13-13
    Linda Marten Waikoloa, HI 96738 09-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    What would have made The Cold Dish better?

    Every character had the same voice, could not follow story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Lee child


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    breathlessness in the voice and no difference in characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luanne DEMING, NM, United States 09-13-13
    Luanne DEMING, NM, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "George Guidall is an Awesome Narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Dish to be better than the print version?

    This series definitely needs to be read in order. The books are very well written and capture your attention. Where one stops the next book starts. The TV show doesn't do them justice. Especially the interaction between Longmire and his deputy. Once you finish a book you want to start the next one. We just happened to start listening to the series while on vacation and went through first 4 books to keep us fresh through the miles of driving.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles United States 09-09-13
    Charles United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent western mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great book. Enjoy the Longmire series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat, but always interested. Hard time putting it down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The showdown with Leo.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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