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Hell is Empty (Walt Longmire Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

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

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Raynaud Shade, an adopted Crow Indian and one of the country's most dangerous sociopaths, has just confessed to murdering a boy twenty years ago and burying him deep within the Bighorn Mountains. Absaroka County Sherriff Walt Longmire must escort Shade through a snowstorm to the site, but the mission turns personal when Walt learns whom the dead boy's family is.

Guided only by Indian mysticism and a battered paperback of Dante's Inferno, Walt braves the icy hell of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, cheating death to ensure that justice - both civil and spiritual - is served.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: The Murder Room (28 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F50EQ6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
First Sentence: "Didn't your mother ever tell you not to talk with your mouth full?"

What started as a routine hand-off of prisoners quickly became anything but routine. Sociopath and child-killer Raymond Shade escapes along with two other prisoners and two FBI hostages into the rugged mountains of Wyoming. Also headed that way is a major spring blizzard. Sheriff Walt Longmire, with a Colt .45, a Sharpe's rifle, copy of "Dante's Inferno", and Indian mysticism heads into the mountains, and the storm, to save the hostages and bring the killers to justice.

Normally, a book of this caliber prompts and long, detailed review. "Hell is Empty," however, is so well written and memorable, it's a book to be read rather than talked about.

The trademarks of Johnson's writing are very much in evidence. From the first sentence, you are drawn into the characters and the environment. Not only are the white-hat characters interesting and people you'd want on your side, and Walt is a true white-hat character. He is intelligent, imperfectly human and has a drive for justice that is reminiscent of Robert Parker's Spenser at his best.

Readers new to the series need have no fear of feeling they've been dropped in without reference as Johnson quickly and succinctly provides their frame and fleshes them out. But it takes a real skill to create villains who are interesting and multi-dimensional as well. One of Johnson's most intriguing characters is Virgil White Buffalo. At over 7 feet tall, and the grandfather of the murdered boy, Virgil is a criminal, vessel of Indian mythology and philosopher. Referring to "Dante's Inferno", Virgil observes that "All the horrors in this book are the horrors of the mind, and they are the only ones that can truly harm us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing hell 13 July 2014
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
When you open the show with some law enforcement types transporting a bunch of psycho killers across country in a van you pretty well know what's coming. One of those law enforcement types is my old buddy Sheriff Walt Longmire and the country is the foothills of the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming, alreaded well blanketed in winter's snow and there's more on the way. Deputy Saizarbitoria (Sancho) is working his way through a bunch of book lists provided by his friends and colleagues (the full set of lists is published at the back). Currently he's mired in the substantially weighty tome of Inferno. Before long the prisoners turn the tables and wreak havoc before high-tailing it into the mountains. Walt sets off in pursuit, with Dante's masterwork his most constant companion. Now at this stage I'd usually start grumbling about Johnson breaking the Longmire formula again by dropping the usual ensemble cast into their off stage limbo waiting for their curtain call at the epilogue but this one is really well done. Yeah it's pretty much a solo piece following Walt's pov, with a few cameos from a few familiar faces but it's far from being a cliched thriller despite the somewhat stock-plot opening. It's actually very well realised, fusing the themes and philosophical ideas of Dante's allegorical satire with Walt's relentless strivings to save the innocent, get up close and personal with his spirituality and basically come to terms with his own place in the world. It's a voyage of self discovery as much as a cops and bad guys chase through the snow.
It works on both levels though. It's also a big plus that the chase up the mountainside actually takes place in a real place. There really is a Cloud Peak and it's just as Johnson describes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More murder mystery 28 Jun 2014
By Jilko
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed the whole series of Walt Longmire and will probably keep on buying the till there are no more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can believe you are in the mountains! 9 Jun 2014
By Neil M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As always a really good story very well told.
Look out for the mountain lion, just another hazard to be faced.
You will the wide ranging story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 7 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the 1st book I have read in this series and did so after seeing the TV programme. I was not disappointed. The characters and description of the situations they found themselves in kept me gripped right to the end. Craig Johnson is my kind of writer. I will definitely be reading more.
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