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Publisher's Summary

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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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 01-27-14

Another excellent Longmire story

This is about the only series i never seem to tire of. Great repeating characters, but always something different and interesting too. In fact, i save these books for after a read i did not enjoy - they get me back up. (and, i don't want to run out - so have to take my time.) Bottom line: this was another good installment, with good narration too. Recommended.

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Good story - a little dark

This is another good Longmire story, although parts the storyline are a little depressing. However, there is humor in the variety of characters and the narrator is excellent.

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  • Michael
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 09-30-13

A surprise treat.

The novel is "up to snuff with the rest of this series, but there is a hidden prize for the listener, after the story ends; a long and delightful interview between author and reader, which is not merely the best I've ever heard--it's in a class by itself

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comfy like well-worn leather (with a mystery!)

Listening to these characters (voiced by Guidall) is like coming home to my favourite comfy chair - familiar, relaxing, enjoyable. This installment in the series is a good one, full of the flavour of the small towns with terrific characterizations, but with enough mystery to make it interesting and keep me guessing about the plot. The more I read of this series, the more I know and like the character of Walt Longmire, beyond the surface of small-town western sheriff....the father, the friend, the boss, the hero, the widow, the man. I like him.

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Another winner!

Craig Johnson has not yet disappointed with his Walt Longmire series. Although this book begins a little differently from some of the previous books in the series and takes place mostly in a nearby town, it is true to the characters which I've come to adore. It has unique twists and turns and a few new, memorable characters. The narrative is sometimes humorous, as always, but becomes tense and suspenseful before the exciting conclusion. And the reader, George Guidall, IS Walt Longmire. Never does he miss on the nuances and intent of the writing. I've never listened to another reader who gets everything right, but George Guidall does! I've even heard him say that he feels as though he becomes Walt Longmire when he's reading one of the books in the series. Please, Mr. Johnson, keep Walt Longmire safe and serving as sheriff forever, and please, Mr. Guidall, stay well so you can keep on being Walt Longmire!.

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another great one!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Horse?

It would spoil the ending to answer that.

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

I have only heard George read the Walt Longmire stories by Craig Johnson. His reading is perfect for this book. He has clear voices for all the characters and is very easy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I almost did being in the car all day on a road trip. Wonderful.

Any additional comments?

i have enjoyed all of these books by Craig Johnson. They are all wonderful. Each one is exciting and surprising. the last hour of this recording has a chat between Craig Johnson and George Guidall. This conversation was so enlightening. A wonderful treat.

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  • nancy
  • boynton beach, FL, United States
  • 04-16-13

We meet a great horse

This book seems like something a writer needed to try and as a whole it worked. It should not be the first book tried in this series because the writer's interest is complicated and though the story is strong and well made the path to it is not as easy as the other books.

There is a great deal of ugliness done to people and animals in this book. The idea of telling stories seems to require this aspect of competition for reader choice. Johnson has kept the direct story telling in some kind of reform, but the horrific nature of the bad guy in this novel is not fun to understand. One can enjoy the experimental nature of the writing structure, the bad things, and the resolution in courage, friendship, and simple human skills. It is just not my favorite in the bunch.

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sorry folks

'Sorry folks, this one i just could not get into! But this is just one person's opinion.

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Wonderful

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Horse the most enjoyable?

I continue to be fascinated by Craig Johnson and his storytelling ability. George Guidall narration brings the characters to life and you almost believe that you are right there watching the story unfold.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line, the characterization, and the fact that Walt Longmire is a modern day hero who is not perfect but human with integerity.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Walt Longmire

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

I would have to think about this-

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Yes. Credit-worthy Western Mystery

Craig Johnson creates believable characters and George Guidall brings them to life. I'm reading the series in order and have enjoyed each one. It's not the serious part of my reading life, but an enjoyable part to be sure.

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