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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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    R. J. Melton OKC 06-12-12
    R. J. Melton OKC 06-12-12 Member Since 2008

    I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!

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    "GREAT BOOK & GREAT READER!"

    I love the dry humor of this character, the pacing of the book kept my attention, and the reader is excellent! I bought this on a $4.95 sale--out of order--to try a new author. This book is 5th or 6th in the series but easily stands alone. Now, I am going to finish the series. I like a variety of genres, but I want them well-written. Craig Johnson strikes all the right notes. You will like this book, give Walt Longmire a run, you'll be glad you did!

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "A Bit Obvious"

    This is mid of the road sort of detective novel. I found it a bit self-serving. The twists were obvious and you could hear them coming ten minutes before they hit. I'm not terribly sorry I read it, but I'm not sure I'll re read it. And I reread everything I really like.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 05-06-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 05-06-12
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    "Great book"

    I enjoyed the book. It had some funny areas mixed in with a very good mystery. The interview at the end was most enjoyable.

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    Valeri Cypress, TX, United States 03-13-12
    Valeri Cypress, TX, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Flight attendant. Love to "read" while I'm walking.

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    "Dark Horse Shines"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character. He was someone you wanted to know, to have over for dinner. He was warm and yet you knew he's the guy you'd want on your side in a dark alley.


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

    I am looking forward to other books by this performer


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    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 12-02-11
    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 12-02-11 Member Since 2002
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    "A total Disappointment"

    I have listened to each Walt Longmire novel prior to this one and each one has gotten progressively less interesting. Reading the reviews of this one I thought the trend had been reversed and bought it on hope. This is the worst one yet, boring like listening to paint dry. Two and one half hours into it and Henry Standing Bear is no where to be found. When Walt started singing some horrible song from his youth I threw in the towel and went shopping for something else. This is good bedtime listening, it should put you asleep in about 5 minutes, quicker than Ambien with no hangover.

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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 10-04-11
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 10-04-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Need to Read Prior Books First"

    This might have been a good book if I had read the three others in the series first. Reviewers said that this wasn't necessary, so I plunged in. Found the action very hard to follow without having any background on the characters or what went before. Some series you can do this with because the author updates you at the beginning of the plot. This wasn't one of them!

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    J. HOPPER 09-18-11
    J. HOPPER 09-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "New to me"

    This was my first time with a Walt Longmire book. It's a little outside the sort of stuff I usually buy, but I'm glad I got it. I thought the storytelling was vivid and exciting, especially towards the climax of the book. Makes me want to listen to more by this author.

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    Kate+Mitchell Powell 08-05-11

    I listen to audio books while working.

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    "Great story and Great narrator"

    That's all -- we enjoyed every one of his books and want both writer and narrator (such a good match for the character) to continue to be made into audio.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-23-11
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Walt Longmire Is Tops"

    Any Craig Johnson book with Walt Longmire is a good choice. This was not one of my favorites, but it is still worth the credit and time to listen. I did not find myself as commited to solving the mystery and saving the accused in this story as in previous ones. But between the narration and the overall setting of these books, it is still a good choice to make.

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    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11
    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great entertainment"

    I enjoy the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. His characters are believable small town people and I like having books that are pure escapism such as these.

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