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The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery | [Craig Johnson]

The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.
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The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery.

Sheriff Longmire investigates when his instincts tell him something isn't right about a prisoner accused of killing her husband. Wade Barsad, a man with a dubious past, locked his wife's horses in their barn and burned the animals alive. In return, Mary shot Wade in the head six times - or so the story goes. Walt doesn't believe Mary's confession, and he's determined to dig deeper. Posing as an insurance claims investigator, Walt soon discovers other people who might have wanted Wade dead, including a beautiful Guatemalan bartender and a rancher with a taste for liquor, but not for honesty.

The Dark Horse is sure to build on the success of Another Man's Moccasins as Sheriff Longmire unpins his star and ventures into a town without pity to save a woman without hope.

Listen to all of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries.

©2009 Craig Johnson; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Lois Pahrump, NV, United States 08-19-09
    Lois Pahrump, NV, United States 08-19-09 Member Since 2009

    I have had a library card wherever I've lived, & always have a book in progress. Fell in love with Audiobooks when my 70 yr old eyes couldn't keep up with my reading. Mysteries are my favorite, but last enjoyable read was "Fifty Shades of Grey" WOW Sensual reading, but it had my interest ! I'm not dead yet!

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    "Another great read!!"

    Loved the latest adventure of Walt, Vic, & Henry Standing Bear. The characters become more endearing with each chapter. Cannot wait until Craig Johnson writes another Longmire mystery & George Guidall reads it "to life".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Geib 07-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "The Dark Horse"

    This is my first introduction to Craig Johnson's work. The reader did a good job, story was also good. Enjoy it, for what it is.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 01-27-14
    John NJ, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Another excellent Longmire story"

    This is about the only series i never seem to tire of. Great repeating characters, but always something different and interesting too. In fact, i save these books for after a read i did not enjoy - they get me back up. (and, i don't want to run out - so have to take my time.) Bottom line: this was another good installment, with good narration too. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty New Jersey 11-29-13
    Rusty New Jersey 11-29-13

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Good story - a little dark"

    This is another good Longmire story, although parts the storyline are a little depressing. However, there is humor in the variety of characters and the narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 09-30-13
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "A surprise treat."

    The novel is "up to snuff with the rest of this series, but there is a hidden prize for the listener, after the story ends; a long and delightful interview between author and reader, which is not merely the best I've ever heard--it's in a class by itself

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 09-24-13
    Calliope 09-24-13
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    "comfy like well-worn leather (with a mystery!)"

    Listening to these characters (voiced by Guidall) is like coming home to my favourite comfy chair - familiar, relaxing, enjoyable. This installment in the series is a good one, full of the flavour of the small towns with terrific characterizations, but with enough mystery to make it interesting and keep me guessing about the plot. The more I read of this series, the more I know and like the character of Walt Longmire, beyond the surface of small-town western sheriff....the father, the friend, the boss, the hero, the widow, the man. I like him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Sandy, UT, United States 08-01-13
    Lynne Sandy, UT, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another winner!"

    Craig Johnson has not yet disappointed with his Walt Longmire series. Although this book begins a little differently from some of the previous books in the series and takes place mostly in a nearby town, it is true to the characters which I've come to adore. It has unique twists and turns and a few new, memorable characters. The narrative is sometimes humorous, as always, but becomes tense and suspenseful before the exciting conclusion. And the reader, George Guidall, IS Walt Longmire. Never does he miss on the nuances and intent of the writing. I've never listened to another reader who gets everything right, but George Guidall does! I've even heard him say that he feels as though he becomes Walt Longmire when he's reading one of the books in the series. Please, Mr. Johnson, keep Walt Longmire safe and serving as sheriff forever, and please, Mr. Guidall, stay well so you can keep on being Walt Longmire!.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 05-05-13
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "another great one!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Horse?

    It would spoil the ending to answer that.


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

    I have only heard George read the Walt Longmire stories by Craig Johnson. His reading is perfect for this book. He has clear voices for all the characters and is very easy to listen to.


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

    Yes. I almost did being in the car all day on a road trip. Wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    i have enjoyed all of these books by Craig Johnson. They are all wonderful. Each one is exciting and surprising. the last hour of this recording has a chat between Craig Johnson and George Guidall. This conversation was so enlightening. A wonderful treat.

    1 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 2006
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    "We meet a great horse"

    This book seems like something a writer needed to try and as a whole it worked. It should not be the first book tried in this series because the writer's interest is complicated and though the story is strong and well made the path to it is not as easy as the other books.

    There is a great deal of ugliness done to people and animals in this book. The idea of telling stories seems to require this aspect of competition for reader choice. Johnson has kept the direct story telling in some kind of reform, but the horrific nature of the bad guy in this novel is not fun to understand. One can enjoy the experimental nature of the writing structure, the bad things, and the resolution in courage, friendship, and simple human skills. It is just not my favorite in the bunch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 03-03-13
    Bonnie 03-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring and Annoying"

    This is the first book that I have read by Craig Johnson and it will be my last. It was both boring and annoying. It was boring because it was so wordy. I just wanted to yell at the author and say, “Get on with it”. I ended up skimming parts because the book dragged so much.

    Annoying was the backtracking and the use of times (i.e. 10:32 or 10:53). I never did see the point in the back tracking maybe because it did not add to the story. It just added confusion and lack of continuity.

    Living in Colorado and being a camper I am very familiar with buttes. Sound carries in the mountains. Thus, many of the scenes in the book did not ring true.

    Bottom line I did not like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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