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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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    Dataman United States 09-12-12
    Dataman United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

    But it’s a Kosher frog!

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    "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"

    This is the first book in a very good series. I can not add much to the many reviews already posted but what impressed me the most was how descriptive this author is for both the characters and the environment. Like "Fargo", the cold just seems to seep into you as you listen. Have a sweater close by even if it is summer. The characters sparkle in depth and breadth and are not always what they seem to be. Read this first one and I wager you will read them all.
    If this review was helpful, please let me know. Cheers!

    46 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mansfield, Texas, United States 01-21-07
    Chris Mansfield, Texas, United States 01-21-07 Member Since 2002

    I enjoy listening to audiobooks while woking in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.

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    "Cold Dish"

    I have downloaded hundreds of things from Audible over several years. This is among my favorites. The narrator is excellent. The characters are believable. The plot is believable, but not obvious. I recommend it.

    58 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 01-13-07
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 01-13-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Send more dishes please!!!"

    A very well written book with superior narration. The author takes you into the troubled life of a rural county sheriff in Wyoming. By the end of the book the area seems like home and most of the characters seem like old friends you don't want to leave. Well designed plot, but the journey 90% of the enjoyment. Buy, read & enjoy! This book is a can't miss.

    40 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Tampa, FL, United States 03-29-13
    Carol Tampa, FL, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!!!"

    Oh Lord, Please don't let anything happen to George Guidall. Keep him safe for all who listen to his wonderful narration of the Walt Longmire Mystery series. He brings it to life. I was waiting in an office recently while listening to his narration of "Cold Dish" and suddenly barked out a laugh I couldn't control. All heads turned my way, and I apologized and stated it was an audible book I was listening to. Smiles all around. The series by Craig Johnson is as wonderful as the narration. Thank you audible.com for much enjoyment!

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 06-14-12
    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Thoughly Enjoyable"

    Great story telling. With Mr. G doing the narration this more like sitting around the fire on a cold winter night with a great story teller. I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Walt's relationships with each one is unique, but the bond between Walt and Bear is outstanding. Loved the voices Mr. G uses for Walt and Bear. Having been in or at least through many places spoken of in the book was really fun for me. Love Bear's Rez Rocket. In this series you will get a good picture of what life IS really like on reservations with a murder mystery thrown in for good measure. Oh BTW, be prepared to laugh out loud at the barbs these characters throw at each other. Just totally enjoyable.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 07-16-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Great Mystery / Romance Series..LOVE IT"

    I'm not much of a T.V. watcher, but listening to these books (I've now downloaded ALL of them) has driven me to the damn boob tube to get more of Longmire.

    As a former Wyoming resident, I love seeing the high plains-even though they are filmed in New Mexico, not Wyoming..the feeling is the same.

    I recently watched an episode of History Detectives that went thru the mapping of the southwest following the Mexican-American War and learned a lot about the history of this beautiful, if stark, land. Not that that has anything to do with the books, but it adds to the enjoyment of it. Theres a lot of un-commented on back story in the Southwest that is interesting to know.

    The fantastic George Guidall does his usual wonderful job of expressing the character in the story-he can do NO wrong.

    I really recommend this series to those that want tight plot lines, terse writing and a bit of romance in their mysteries. It's not Tony Hillerman, but then Hillerman isn't available on Audible-which is a real shame.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Optimistic skeptic Victor, NY USA 09-15-09
    Optimistic skeptic Victor, NY USA 09-15-09 Member Since 2003

    Terry McArdle

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    "Dave Robicheaux in Wyoming"

    Perfect narration, as ever, from George Guidall.

    As Walt Longmire struggles with grief, alcohol and a police force that's either competent and irascible or neither, he somehow rises. He links with his community, Indian mysticism and long-hidden secrets to figure out who's killing some young men who richly deserve it.

    Walt has credible relationships and shortcomings even as he's brave and relentless on the way to saving a friend and finding a killer. I was sad to see it end.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-10-08
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-10-08 Member Since 2003
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    "A Discovery I Enjoyed"

    This book was a new path for me: I have never heard anything by this author. As my husband is a retired policeman, the main figure appealed to me. And I guess since I am in the "middle age" range, it was kind of nice having a hero-central figure that was more than just out of puberty!

    I enjoyed the combination of the geographical setting, the Native American involvement, and the story-line as a whole. The narration was superb!! I could so easily visualize these characters, especially Walt, because of Mr. Guidall's skill at narration.

    Yes, there were times I needed to rewind, but I need to do that on all the selections I listen to as I am not just sitting in a chair listening. Who is? I am driving or gardening or doing laundry... and I get distracted. I rewind and relisten because I want to know what I missed! And there was a lot I wanted to know about in this story.

    Very enjoyable. I am anxious to listen to his other writings.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Susan A Bugg 09-11-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Best New Mystery Author"

    This was the best "new read" I've had in a long, long time. The story was so well woven with native folklore and a good old fashioned mystery, with some spine tingling action. It kept me in rapt attention the entire time. I liked it so well that I am burning it to CD (12 of them) so my husband can "read" it as well. I have all three of this author's audio books, and I recommend listening to them in order. "The Cold Dish" first, then "Death without Company" and finally "Kindness Goes Unpunished".

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi ROCHELLE, IL, United States 06-26-07
    Kristi ROCHELLE, IL, United States 06-26-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Undiscovered Jewel"

    Craig Johnson is an undiscovered jewel! Folks, this author is gifted and fairly unknown. In 3 books he has become one of my favorites, right up there with Stephen King. George Guidall's narration is perfect - George IS the character Walt. Please try one of Craig Johnson's books you will not be disappointed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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