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The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Johnson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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'The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence' New York Times

After 25 years as Sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire's hopes of ending his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody was one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.

With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear and Deputy Victoria Moretti Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.

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    'The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence' New York Times

    About the Author

    Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels 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 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: 901 KB
    • Print Length: 380 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670033693
    • Publisher: The Murder Room (28 Sept. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00F50EQMI
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Assured debut 8 Jan. 2012
    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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the TV series! 31 May 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars First date with Walt 10 Oct. 2012
    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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Wandering Home 17 Aug. 2013
    By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good story, but at times does go on a bit. Good humour.
    Published 11 days ago by P. King
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Enjoyed the book very much it has set the scene nicely for other books in the series.
    Published 14 days ago by Barbara Sabin
    1.0 out of 5 stars money back.
    This book did nothing for me ,probably the most boring book I have ever read.Always telling us the weather ,a couple of pages to pick out a bottle of wine. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by Patrick Troy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the TV series
    It's great to read a book that's so well written.
    Published 1 month ago by Nico
    5.0 out of 5 stars I was not disappointed, am looking forward to the next in the ...
    Having watched the TV series I was looking forward to reading the books, I was not disappointed, am looking forward to the next in the series.
    Published 1 month ago by robert skidmore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent, I like the TV series. The setting of modern day Wyoming, the lifestyle.
    Stories are not bad.
    Published 1 month ago by jeffrey harrison
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the TV serise
    Liked the TV series so wasn't sure if the books would be as good. Well I was wrong! Boy can the author paint a picture in words and I like the fact it is written in first person. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jack's Mum
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - modern day Cowboy
    It was bought as gift. I have been told it was very and enjoyable. It is slightly different from the TV series but is a modern day cowboy novel and they would read it again.
    Published 3 months ago by KTL
    4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful absorbing read.
    I really enjoyed my previous and first Longmire story ( Spirit of Dreamboat ) and this one was no disappointment. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Robert Johns
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, the characters relate well to the t
    Excellent read, the characters relate well to the t.v. series which is even better. Being a lover of westerns "Walt" is the recreation of the old western sheriff
    Published 4 months ago by G. Smith
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