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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Walt Longmire's worst nightmare. 

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. 

The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

©2018 Craig Johnson (P)2018 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"George Guidall, the longtime narrator of the series, captures Longmire's sense of urgency from the outset.... Walt's trademark absurd--often hilarious--problem solving is on full display, and the good-versus-evil struggles of these new characters make for totally satisfying listening." (AudioFile)

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I miss Vic and Henry!

While there will never be a Longmire book that I dislike I must say that I am sorry to see so many books with so little of Vic and the other Absaroka characters. It is my fervent wish that Johnson write another book like those at the beginning of the series which are more standalone and which explore the relationships of the main characters. I miss the humor that has been a standard up until the last couple of books, and while I appreciate a good action adventure I really do wish that we could get back to Absaroka. we all know Walt is tough. I'd like to hear more of his quick wit and humor and not quite so much about him almost dying in a pool of blood. Oh, and I'd like to hear Vic swear again. And Henry - well I just miss Henry.
I was hoping that now that the TV show was over we could have more classic Longmire books. I still have my fingers crossed.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful

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Maybe Craig is getting tired.?.?.

I have adored the Longmire books, and I’m one of the millions that could listen to Mr. Guidall read a stock report. But this one just didn’t feel like the same characters and didn’t have the same “ambiance” as all the previous near masterpieces Mr. Johnson has gifted us with.

Walt’s daughter is kidnapped and he’s thinking about bedding a new acquaintance? Nah....this plot scenario would have had him insane and yet, this book just meandered along to a ho-hum climax as Walt lets the bad guys go a few times to protect his rigid “good guy” image. Too bad...

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Craig, can we return to Absaroka County?

I read a lot of mystery series and it seems that many have a kidnapped daughter book in the series. Well I suffered through this one so now can we return to Absaroka County with Vic and Henry and also the dry humor that made the early books so unique. I hope the series doesn't turn dark and humorless like the TV show (I watched 2 episodes and couldn't stand it).
I believe interactions with minor characters is important. When you read 10+ books in a series you become invested in all the characters and they have been abandoned in the last three books. I am afraid that Mr. Johnson is loosing sight of what made his series successful.
George Guidall was great as usual but I had to slow down the speed of the recording because he seemed to be talking really fast. Maybe he didn't care for the book either and wanted to finish it as soon as possible.

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big Longmire fan, this one not so much

This book does not measure up to the others. The plot feels odd and full of holes.
How is it that Henry would not come on this adventure to Mexico?
Where is Vic?
The only redeeming feature is George Guidall's steady, familiar narration.

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Keystone Cops

1. Should have previewed this as a violent story about drug cartels.
2. Go back to Wyoming and write a story about Henry Standing Bear. Longmire isn’t nearly as interesting without him.
3. Vic’s misplaced WTFs are worn out and annoying.
4. Some of the scenes reminded me of the three stooges and the Keystone Cops. How many times in one book can a guy get whacked over head??

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Big Disappointment

I’ve read every one of the Longmire books, and while there are definitely highs and lows in the storylines, this one is the nadir. Written like a bad shoot-‘em-up screenplay, Depth of Winter suffers from a predictable plot line (parent searches for kidnapped child), racial and gender stereotyping, and worst of all, lazy editing.

If Craig Johnson continues with the series, I can only hope Walt & Crew will be back in Wyoming in the next installment. The most intriguing characters in the series (Henry, Vic) are mostly absent from this book, and Depth of Winter suffers because of it.

Buyer (and Longmire fan) beware: Depth of Winter is formulaic writing at its worst.

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Very Disappointed

What I love about Longmire books is the low key, reasonably realistic stories and the loveable characters. This book has nothing of all that.

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Disappointing effort by an excellent wtiter

George Guidell is a narrator who finds the nuances and brings out the best of books. Craig Johnson is a writer who I really admire so much. And yet -though I am happy to believe in dragons and elves, I found some of the actions and motivations in this story not only logically inconsistent, but unbelievable. Walt Longmire has mutated from a smart down to Earth sheriff to a sheriff crossed with a character from a Marvel comic.

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Walt is becoming a cartoon character.

Funny title. What the heck does it mean?
Count me among the disappointed. Like most readers, I have eagerly awaited this book, and it has seriously let me down.
Craig Johnson has written the latest in the Walt versus the horrible guys series. And as usual it is George Guidall who is the real star of the proceedings. George is now eighty years old! And still working just as hard and just as brilliantly as he has for his whole career as far as I can tell. I am thinking about listening to him read Crime and Punishment, which is something like thirty-six hours long, translated from the Russian. George is the only narrator alive today who could seriously tempt me to such a Herculean effort. (Mine as well as his. All I have to do is listen. Can you imagine how hard this guy has been working in order to produce the kind and quality of catalog that he has?)
Nevermind. This book stretches credulity way beyond the snapping-off point. Walt’s daughter Cady is kidnapped by a vile, evil villain named Bidarte, who has an appropriately slimy, sleazy henchman named Culpepper. Not to spoil it for you, but these are the kind of monsters who strip the facial skin off of men and then plaster the faces onto soccer balls! Disgusting! Craig! Have you no shame? More importantly, do you have a graphic artist for these cartoons?
So Walt of course takes the bait and goes down into Mexico without any support. Sadly, Vic and Henry and the other support troops stay home, and they are sorely missed. An entire book without Vic and Henry: why? Just so once again Walt can run around proving that he is the world’s loneliest superhero? And with people like Vic and Henry available to him? I say again, why? And, the unkindest cut, where did Walt's sense of humor go?
Walt picks up a bit of support in Mexico, but of course he convinces these folks that he must, must perform his feats of derring-do unaided. He is turning into Dudley Doright. He sneaks into Bidarte’s camp and frees Cady. Along the way we learn that Walt is worth over four million dollars. Where did this come from? Bidarte sets up an auction in which people are bidding for Walt, presumably to torture him and kill him for his bad acts. We know, however, that Walt must live on, else where would the series be? At this point I am expecting Walt to slip into a phone booth (anyone remember those?) and come out with his cape, ready to fly off over the buildings. Maybe with a W on his chest.
I continued listening to this book primarily because George is so wonderful. It is suspenseful, but Craig’s tricks have gotten, not exactly stale, but have begun stretching, as above, the suspension of disbelief to the point at which we have a hard time going along with it. Faces stripped off and sewn onto soccer balls? Really?

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Not My Longmire

Depth of Winter
By: Craig Johnson

I love this series. This book takes Walt away from Wyoming and the characters that he interacts with so well. No Vic, No Henry....except by phone calls. This just wasn't the Longmire I love. Please return to earlier settings.

George Guidall's narration is wonderful!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful