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The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Book 1) Kindle Edition

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The first book in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series, featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire

About the Author

Craig Johnson is the author of eleven novels, one novella and a book of short stories in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Among other awards, The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs; The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit TV drama Longmire, shown on TCM and 5USA in the UK and starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff. Craig Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1251 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: The Murder Room (28 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F50EQMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As Sheriff Walt Longmire sits looking at the file of a case that has haunted him for two years the dead body of one the accused is discovered. Cody Pritchard has been shot & was accused, along with three other high school boys, of the rape of Melissa Little Bird, a Cheyenne girl with fetal alchohol syndrome. They are guilty but given suspended sentences and this has left a bad taste in Sheriff Longmires mouth as well as the wider Native American community. As he embarks on finding out whether this was a hunting accident or a revenge murder we are treated to some great writing.

As suspects mount, including best friend Henry Standing Bear, and he tries to track down the remaining three boys the story unwinds brilliantly. It has its own pace and style, slow at times but never boring, and, as another reviewer has stated, Craig Johnson seems to have appeared fully formed as an assured, confident writer.

Will be tracking down the rest in this series to see how the characters develop and to read more of those beautiful descriptions of the Wyoming landscape. Recommended
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You may have caught TV's LONGMIRE on UK's Channel 5, but this is the first book in the ongoing series of books by Craig Johnson about Walt Longmire, the Sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming. I have read all of them so far (I hope there will be many more!) and have loved each and every one of them. The Cold Dish introduces Walt, his best and oldest friend Henry Standing Bear (I defy any female not to fall in love with him, just a little), and Vic Moretti, Walt's deputy sheriff, with a mouth on her like a dockworker. The story itself revolves around a possible revenge killing (the 'cold dish'), excellently told, but there's far more than that. Craig Johnson has a flair for making the reader see the scenery of Wyoming, smell the dust, and feel the snow on their faces. He also has a great sense of humour, and there are sections in all his books you just have to laugh out loud at, something which is sadly missing from the TV version.

All in all, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys proper characters with life under their belts, with the added bonus of great plots wonderfully told. Thank you, Mr Johnson!
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By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Wyoming's fictional Absaroka County. Walt is recovering from the death of his wife, repairing his relationship with his daughter Katie, and getting used to his new, trash-mouthed female deputy. The latest crime is the murder of one of four boys who raped a Cheyenne girl from the nearby reservation. There is no shortage of suspects.

The stories in Craig Johnson's book--and in subsequent books in the series--are well-written and engaging; the characters are superb. These books are about discovering Walt's secrets, joining him in fighting his battles, and connecting with the people around him. Short-run characters appear, are understood and described by Walt, and fade back into the landscape or move on. Or pass on. The longer-term characters gradually define themselves and help define Walt Longmire.

The interesting people in Walt's life are:

- Henry Standing Bear is Walt's friend of 38 years and proprietor of The Red Pony. He and Walt knew each other as boys, went to Vietnam in the Special Forces together, and trust each other almost completely. We learn a lot about Walt from Henry's comments on Walt's life.

- Victoria Moretti is Walt's most trusted deputy. A transplant from the Philadelphia police force, Vic moved to Wyoming when her husband's company transferred him there. As Vic's marriage unravels, she becomes closer to Walt and the other deputies. Readers learn about the environment and recent history of Absaroka County as the longer-term residents help Vic learn about her new home.

- Vonnie Hayes is a neighbor who inherited a lot of land when her father died. She's known Walt and his daughter for years as a neighbor and friend.
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Walt Longmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka county in Wyoming beneath the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains. He's marking time until his retirement, mourning the loss of his wife while he drinks himself to sleep each night in front of a tv with a speciality for static in a half built cabin.
When the body of Cody Pritchard is found, seemingly shot by an antique rifle, Walt has to shake off his doldrums to discover the killer. Because Cody Pritchard was one of four boys who raped a young Cheyenne girl and then got off almost unpunished. With most of the population of the county in the suspect frame, including Walt's best friend and most of his colleagues this wasn't the retirement run he was looking for.
I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of this series. Absaroka is, according to Walt, one of the places people plan all their life to retire to... and then pack up for Florida after feeling the bite of their winter. The cast is largely of a certain vintage with Walt himself being a big guy with a long history behind him. The sense that the characters have all lived a life with plenty of stories to be told is one of the constants throughout the narrative with the author (Craig Johnson) filling us in with Walt's wry wit and self deprecating voice as the plot pushes forward. The natural and sometimes treacherous beauty of the region mixed with both real and fictional local history, Cheyenne culture and spirituality makes for a very palatable tasty feast of a crime novel.
I knew nothing of the tv series when I first picked this up but I'll probably have to add Longmire to my to watch list.
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