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Publisher's Summary

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web.

From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

Listen to all of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries.
©2006 Craig Johnson (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Johnson combines a vivid sense of the dailiness of life--and the way human relationships take root in that dailiness--with a sure--handed touch for jolting both his characters and his readers out of their comfort zones and deep into harm's way. It's hard to ask for more in a literary mystery." ( Booklist)

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Violence vs. torture

Everything about this book is great except the needless premise of a woman literally tortured by her husband. It adds nothing to the story or the behavior of the characters. Gratuitous and spoils the setting.

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  • Dennis
  • United States
  • 12-25-16

Great Writer But Not His Best

I have read or listened to several of Craig Johnsons, Walt Longmire Books, most are great but I think he missed the mark on this one. Long boring, drawn out passages and few action sections that captured my interest. I almost stopped listening but dragged thru to the end. Should have stopped. Johnson has many good to great books but I would recommend that you skip this one for any other.

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Not Quite Believable

I liked the TV series, Longman, thus purchased this book. It was not for me. I got through it, fast forwarding through some very detailed gore. In my opinion, there was no need to describe abuse and murder to that extent. A scene where Longman almost drowned went on and on. Also, the ending was "way over the top". How could one man recover from almost dying in ice water, have an eye crushed in, be shot in the leg, and not spend some time in a hospital. Really! This is a "macho" fairytale. Maybe guys would like it.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 10-29-16

Another good one

I just like reading these rural Wyoming crime novels. Nothing grand about them, but they’ve got a light humor, a kindness and respect for everyone, and subtle depth that makes them a pleasure to read. This one tells the story of an old Basque woman found dead in a care facility and a fellow resident who insists it was murder. Grade: B+

Perfect narration again from Guidall.

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Great

Great imagery, decent mystery. If you liked the others you'll like this too. Nice blend of mysticism, western, police, and detective.

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  • Berserk
  • Brookyln, NY, United States
  • 01-09-15

Magnificent

Everything about this novel is amazing. Somehow Craig Johnson was a way of making the most mundane parts of Walt's life seem interesting. The plot overall is very compelling and the mystery isn't easily solved. There is actually some black hearted foes which will push Walt to his limits. All and all this is an amazing book.

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Performance, place and character

This is only my second Walt Longmire mystery but I am totally hooked. The thing I'm liking most about the books is the way the author makes you "feel" the place and how the characters in the story relate to each other and their surroundings. I love how the main characters, Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, are both so very well educated and so down to earth. i also like the fact that the author brings in humor in small but significant ways throughout the narrative. The humor I noticed most this time took the form of Walt Longmire's self-deprecation and also in his description of Dog's (Walt's other best friend) behaviors. The writing is sophisticated and poetic but very approachable and a joy to listen to. The story line was great and George Guidall is the best ever narrator for this genre.

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  • Karen
  • Kinards, SC, United States
  • 11-10-11

Book 2 and I feel like I've known Walt all my life

Sherrif Longmire is so laid-back...good at his job but not obsessed with it. His friendship with Henry is endearing because they've been friends so long and are not mushy about it, but you know they would do anything for each other. There is a bit of romance in this one, mixed in with a very good mystery.

The narration is perfect for this book. Guidall's voice sounds older and rural and there was no doubt which character was talking.

I can't wait to "read" the rest of the series. This one's a keeper.

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  • Patroo
  • the High Desert
  • 09-30-08

A Philadelphia story for a western sheriff

I enjoy this book, as I have all of them, and find that it's been very helpful in many ways. When we get to Philadelphia, I have no doubt that I will be able to find the landmarks mentioned in this book and appreciate even more of the finer details.

Sheriff Walt and Henry Standing Bear drive to Philly, along with Dog in Lola, a classic powder blue convertible. Henry is exhibiting some photographs in an art museum show, and Walt came along to see his daughter, Katie, a Philadelphia lawyer. Dog came for the ride. Things are different in the big city - but not that different, as the characters soon find out. Katie is attacked and in serious condition with a head injury as her father tries to figure out who would want to harm her, and why.
There are many people who come in contact with the Westerners as they try to sort out who, what, where, and what it all has to do with Katie.
George Guidall does his usual excellent job of reading and voicing all of the characters. These books should be listened to in order and at the same time, as they build on one another and continue the story. They can stand alone, but the progression of the story is important, and enhanced greatly. The fortunate part is that all of them are relatively short, particularly when listened to on a fast setting, and this makes it possible to get through these in quick succession. Otherwise none of us would ever get anything else done.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 03-30-13

who knew Wyoming could be so interesting

This is my 3rd Walt Longmire and I'm officially hooked now. This was the 2nd book in the series so I'll just continue working my way through the series from here on. It's hard to believe Wyoming could be so interesting with so much going on. One thing I've learned and always suspected is that the Wyoming weather must really suck. The state feels like it is one big rock. The people who stick out living there evidently love it in spite of it all. Still the author weaves a tale that keeps you guessing right until the end as to "whodunit". Walt himself is quite the character but all of the characters are vividly brought to life in an entertaining way. If anything it's confusing trying to keep all the twistst and turns of the story straight. But, I enjoyed this one and will look forward to the next one.

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