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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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another awesome story

from Craig, peRfectly performed by George with a great interview featuring both at the end

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Outstanding!

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

Highly recommended. Unfortunately, I have not read/listened to the Longmire series in their written order. Fortunately for me, it did not make me love the books, the characters, the stories any less. However, I would have liked to experience the stories in order so I could watch the characters grow more naturally through the writer. The books are not given a series number on the Audible site so I was clueless. I guess I could have used Google to do a search but I didn't know I was going to enjoy the books so much until after I read/heard a few. As a fan of the TV show, which A&E stupidly discontinued, I should have known!
Anyway, I believe regardless of where one starts in the Longmire series, the wonderfully rich and deep characters will get you interested in any just about storyline. And even if that isn't your true cup of tea when it comes to books, then the interesting and unusual story lines will. The stories are set modern day but are interwoven with Native American culture and the ranching/cowboy ways of the west deep in the heart of Wyoming.
This particular story finds Walt going undercover in a small town when his sixth sense is tickled after receiving a most unusual murder suspect in a more unusual set of circumstances. As usual, Walt meets some interesting characters along the way, meets up with and gets help from a growing cast of intriguing friends and/or acquaintances, and pulls at the tiniest threads of evidence to piece the puzzle together.
There is great drama in the development of the investigation and quite a bit of action as he wraps it up. I love the fact that it's a unique yet realistic scenario throughout and I for one have never read a Walt Longmire book where I said, "no way that could happen", or "that's just completely ridiculous".
I hope you'll take the time to listen to this book which is, once again, brought to life with an outstanding performance by the narrator. Bravo!

What did you like best about this story?

The fact it brought a modern day problem (dissociative drugs) into a unique storyline fitting to the Longmire series.

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

Yes, I have listened to about 5-6 so far and he is absolutely outstanding. He brings the characters to life:-)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Walt finds Henry Standing Bear & Benjamin in the drain culvert & the boy latches on to Walt.

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VERY INTERESTING

If you could sum up The Dark Horse in three words, what would they be?

Aging sheriff undercover

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

Finding the horse

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

No matter what he narrates, his performances are memorable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Longmire with the little boy.

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  • Markie48
  • Indianapolis, IN, US
  • 06-23-15

Another winner for Longmire!

If you could sum up The Dark Horse in three words, what would they be?

Breathtaking & gripping drama

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clearly Sheriff Longmire

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where and when Sheriff Longmire counsels the accused killer, the wife, that "...I cant help you unless you tell me what happened..." . That scene repeated more than once. It shows Longmire's intuition for something amiss in her "confession" and with the "facts" of the case

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

I could have listened to it in one sitting. But I also like breaking the narrative up into several sections. That afforded me the luxury of "playing" the scenes over in my mind. George Guildall is my favorite reader and actor. He was gifted with a mellifluous voice that he has honed to perfection. He is a true student and professional of his craft.

Any additional comments?

As I write this I look forward to Netflix production of this season's series. But they cant match the richness and length and nuances of the Audible versions.

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  • Susan
  • Worland, WY, United States
  • 04-25-15

Gotta love Walt and Vi c (despite her potty mouth)

I really enjoyed this book. Vic is her typical profane self, but she is the main source of cursing as usual. I can't help but love Vic, potty mouth and all.
I enjoyed this story very much, liked the theme of redemption I saw in it.
Love Johnson's characters, and how he makes me see it all in my head.
He's as comfortable as my good old cowboy boots.

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  • Sigrid
  • NAPA, CA, United States
  • 04-16-15

Another excellent Longmire tale!

They just get better and better, just be sure to start with the first book as you will be glad to have the background going forward. I missed Henry in this story, he was barely there...but really enjoyed the new characters as they were introduced.

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  • Larjane
  • Broken Arrow, OK, US
  • 04-09-15

They Just Get Better

This one had more excitement and humor. Walt was not sure how to handle undercover work. People he was unsure if turned out to be the most help. I didn't suspect anything. I was just carried along. I'm ready for the next one.

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My favorite so far

After the last book I was afraid I was getting used to Craig's writing style as I knew exactly what was going on long before the end but this book kept me guessing until almost the end.

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  • Susan
  • SANGER, TX, United States
  • 03-11-15

Walt long ire series is awesome!

This series of books is so real to a native Wyoming person and the narrator is absolutely wonderful in bringing out the characters. absolutely love these books!

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  • Judith
  • Roseburg, OR United States
  • 03-09-15

Country plot

This book was twisting in ways you weren't sure where it was going. Some of it was a bit hokey but hey, I grew up in the same kind of country so who am I to say. Narrator was a perfect choice.