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The Cold Dish Audiobook

The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire.

Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel, in which New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming's Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters. After 25 years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.

With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.

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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    Elle OREGON 07-16-13
    Elle OREGON 07-16-13

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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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.

    29 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    alyxsheerheart 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my fave Walt story"

    Thankfully, I had already read more of the books in the series before this first one.

    Not my favorite book in this series, whatsoever. I found it to be hard to get into, then once I was hooked, it was easy to lose interest. And the ending just didn't suit me.

    Still love Craig Johnson's Longmire series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 05-09-15
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 05-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just alright, I don't understand the high rating."

    I found this book dragged on and I am not sure the narrator's voice suited the character very well. His voice gave the impression that the main character was a depressed feeble old man. Its difficult to image a character with that voice making up the stairs without pausing for breath and certainly not a man that can carry someone for miles in the snow.

    Unlike other reviewers I did not find the ending particularly clever and the sub plot with the female deputy whom the main character was grooming to replace him as sheriff did not go anywhere or add anything.

    11 of 13 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 2017
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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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Susan A Bugg 09-11-07 Member Since 2008
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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".

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 01-02-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "SHERIFF, DAD SAYS BRING BEER"

    HENRY WAS THE DOG THAT WOULDN'T STAY ON THE PORCH
    This is a modern western mystery that is more about the characters, then the mystery. You have Henry, the main character, who is the big strong, yet gentle giant, the old sheriff (HE WHO SHEDS HIS LEG), the good looking foul mouth female cop and the town itself seems to have a personality. Add George Guidall and you have something very pleasant to listen to.

    COP TRICKS PALE WHEN COMPARED TO MOTHER TRICKS
    Johnson is a good writer, which must be obvious, when he can keep the listener interested over ten minutes as two men attempt to change a fuse. The fisherman I follow has given some five star reviews to some of the later books in this series and he rarely gives out five stars. He did not review this one and I am anal enough that I have to start at the beginning.

    PAIN, NO I HAVE PLENTY, THANK YOU
    I am not a big mystery fan. I am a thriller fan and those two are often put together. This is no thriller and the mystery has a twist, but it is not one of those where when revealed, you say, who I should have figured that out. Your not really given the clues to do the figuring yourself. This sheriff is often politically incorrect, but better then the old sheriff. I had trouble with how often he shared information with the waitress, or anyone who asked. At times the story did drag a little.

    George Guidall is the father of Recorded Books and if had not been for his talent, we may not be listening to books today. He does not do a lot of voices, but he adds class to everything he reads.

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    Byron 03-13-13
    Byron 03-13-13
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    "before TV's LONGMIRE, there were these books!!"

    After thoroughly enjoying the new TV series, LONGMIRE, I though I should begin reading the books. Great move on my part. The descriptions and characterizations are outstanding in Johnson's book. There is also a humorous side of Johnson's writing that seems to be specific to the book because there are no time constraints, as with TV.

    Sheriff Longmire has been enjoying lazy days in the Wyoming frontier, with very little to push him into duty. He's even contemplating retirement, and hoping that his brash young deputy from Philadelphia, Victoria, would be elected as the new sheriff. He enjoys times with his friend Harry Standing Bull, and has gotten comfortable with his always honest and opinionated receptionist, Ruby. Keeping a couple of his other deputies in line is less enjoyable. And relations between the Native Indians on the reservation territory, and the remaining population, often takes some diplomacy.

    All this is rudely disrupted when a dead body is found in Longmire's territory. This was assumed to probably be from an accident until another dead body is found. These two men had been part of a foursome who raped a fetal alcohol syndrome young women ten years ago. Because they were young, and presumably because it was a white on Native Indian crime, and there was a question of the 'knowledgeability' of the girl, the boys had been given a suspended sentence. Longmire suspects that these may be revenge murders, but wonders why the ten year wait.

    The story line is suspenseful; pertinent to racial and disability issues; full of striking banter; and descriptive to a certain local. This book is, hopefully, the beginning of great added pleasure to the LONGMIRE TV show that prompted me read the originals in the first place!!!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Seeley 05-14-17 Member Since 2012
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    "narration troubles"
    How could the performance have been better?

    After watching the tv version I was inspired to try the books. The voice of the narrator sounded like a much older man and I did not care for that


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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 01-19-17
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 01-19-17 Member Since 2016

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "too folksie for my taste"

    I gave it a try since it's been made into a tv series but it's not for me.

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    Patricia a Faulkenberry 12-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Dull"

    Not worth my time. Dull boring not interesting, what is it about? Dull. Dull. Dull.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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