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Publisher's Summary

Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success.

Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming, where the owners of a multi-million dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent junk-yard. When a severed thumb is discovered in the yard, conflicts erupt, and Walt Longmire, his trusty companion Dog, life-long friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Santiago Saizarbitoria and Victoria Moretti find themselves in a small town that feels more and more like a high plains pressure cooker.

Listen to all of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries.
©2010 Craig Johnson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“It’s the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to [these] lean and leathery mysteries.” (New York Times Book Review)

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At Last! What took so long to get this book??

I'm not a technical expert but it's true that Craig Johnson's books are closer to Tony Hillerman's stories than they are a procedural manual. His characters are rich and colorful. They get into situations that are laugh-out-loud funny and others that are touching. The story takes a lot of twists and turns that kept me wondering "now what?"
Johnson's books are character driven and I can't wait to hear what happens in the next book.
Of course, George Guidall gives another perfect performance as narrator. It's a great listen

33 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • julie
  • howard, OH, United States
  • 08-07-10

Couldnt stop laughing

I loved this book!Always looking forward to the new Craig Johnson sense of humor, and this was as enjoyable
as the rest in the series. Sorta like "small town sheriff meets the Beverly HillBillys". Loved the characters. The only small disappointment was Henry, Walt's friend didnt have a large part in this book. but the other characters made up for the lost. Looking forward to the next adventure.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Another Winner

Loved this. My only complaint with the Longmire stories is that I wish they wouldn't end. Craig Johnson knows his characters, and he knows storytelling. Plenty of wry humor worked in throughout. I have truly come to love these characters over the 4-or-so books I've listened to so far.

And what can one say about George Guidall? I have never heard anyone better...and he is truly at his peak with these characters....he simply OWNS these voices and brings tremendous value with his voice. I actually found this book (I missed it when it came out) because I was searching for more Guidall readings. He is the master. Too bad he wasn't selected for the new Brad Thor book as well. I had wanted to buy that one, too...but the guy chosen just couldn't pass muster with me, even for the length of the demo.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada
  • 07-07-10

Walt is back!!

I love this author's stories, the pictures he paints (I almost froze to death reading "Junkyard") and most of all his characters, all brought to life by the wonderful narration of George Guidall. This book seemed to have even more humor (e.g. Walt's self-effacing wit) than the others and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the surprise ending.
Long live Walt Longmire and I add long live Guidall's Walt Longmire.
One extra note - I don't have a clue what another reader's criticism about Johnson's technical knowledge is all about. Good grief! I am sure I'm like many other Audible listeners who are not offended by this.
It's a great listen - highly recommend "Junkyard Dogs" (cool title)

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Nothing new to add - and that's not a bad thing

Well... not sure what there is new to say about this book. It's as solid as all the other Walt Longmire books. There are no surprises here, no unexpected behaviour, and the mystery is not overwhelmingly complicated. It's a character study (or rural Wyoming community character study perhaps), not an action or suspense novel and has the exact same tone, quality and pacing as all the earlier books. If you don't like Walt, or didn't like the previous books, there's not a chance you'd like this one either. It's essentially just another chapter in the saga of Walt's life.

There are some humorous moments (mostly tongue in cheek humor) and, otherwise, it's a straight forward, moderately paced story about the activities some people get up to in Walt's world.

The narration is excellent (Guidall is the voice of Walt now). There is nothing gory or graphic and I don't recall much in the line of swearing. I will be getting the rest of the series on Audible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Continues a tradition of excellence

A completely engaging tale with wonderfully drawn characters and unpredictable, yet totally human, flaws that lead to the most unexpected twists and turns. I love this series and this reader - George Guidall totally captures the essence of Sheriff Longmire, Mr. Henry Standing Bear, and the incorrigible Vic Moretti, as well as that of Wyoming itself. Makes me want to return to the state of my birth.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Johnson is a winner

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very much so. I like to listen to a series of books in the order they were written. My brother suggested I listen to Johnson's Longmire series and I am not disappointed at all. I love the way Johnson build on previous stories.

What other book might you compare Junkyard Dogs to and why?

I have to compare Junkyard dogs to all the other books in this series. You can feel and see Johnson grow as a writer or at least he is becoming more comfortable with Longmire and clan that his stories come together a little faster.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

I listened to Guidall's conversation with Johnson after one of the previous books. They discussed Guidall's voice and how it fits Johnson's idea of what Longmire should sound like. Guidall isn't my favorite reader but I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this series. He is very captivating.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The title is good enough.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't listen/read to the previous books in this series do so. I am about the same age that Longmire is in this series and although I am not a widower I sympathize with Longmire. I understand why he is reluctant to enter into a full blown relationship with Vic. It is as if Johnson is looking into my head or at least asking me how would I deal with whatever Longmire is dealing with in his personal life. I didn't know there was a Longmire series on A&E. I don't remember who played Longmire but I don't see Lou Diamond Philips as Henry. Not old enough nor big enough for Henry. If they casted someone for Longmire that isn't old enough to be a Vietnam vet and isn't as big as a house I would be very disappointed. Just like I was when they casted Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Junkyard Dogs

Excellent: I suggest you read all the "Walt Longmire" books. This book has the same reader as all the other books, and he adds to the story.
I give it a strong recomendation

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 09-25-14

My favorite audio series, not the best one tho

I'm listening to this series in order and haven't found one i didn't love. The narration is dead-on perfect, and the stories are great. This story seemed a bit 'lighter' to me, compared to some of the others. I still enjoyed it, but just didn't have the same punch as some. Recommended, but not if you're only gonna get one of them.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 11-22-13

Freeeezing...

The Wyoming winter is going full scale with temperatures dropping way below zero, freezing even your breath, burrrr. Walt and the gang are on the case trying to find out who is behind multiple murders that started when Walt an Vic found a huge underground crop of pot plants.

Another great one in the series which is no surprise. Craig Johnson is the best at coming up with fascinating co-characters to support the returning cast. In every book the new characters are so classically authentic, it makes me wonder if they are based on real people he encounters in his life.

A little heads up; the Longmire series on TV dose not follow the plots in any of the books and a few of the main characters are different. Its a good show and I'm so glad it does not ruin any of the books I have not yet read. Narrator George Guidall is Walt Longmire. It would not be the same without him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful