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The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having enjoyed the TV series ,thought it was time to read the 1st book .. Really enjoyed it,the book deals more with the friendship of Walt and Henry . Need to get the 2nd bookPublished 5 days ago by Connemara
As I have read the whole series of Longmire books and really enjoyed each one I decided to purchase the first for my brother in law. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Craig Johnson has the gift to bring the reader into Walt's world .you can feel the cold and see the wide space of Wyoming from his view.Published 1 month ago by chris Holdsworth
Excellent book. Its a shame its so hard to get the books AND the TV shows in the UK. Its a unique way of life and the fiction is auperb.Published 3 months ago by B.N.Hancock
great fun - but if you've been watching the TV series you'll have to keep your head clear as there are considerable differences in character etc.Published 3 months ago by kjn
OK - it's a long past retrospective view - I've now read all the Walt Longmire novels up to number 8 - they are all great in their own way - this the 1st - sucks you in - involves... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ChrisM