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I really like the Longmire series. I recommend this one. Never been to this part of our country and Johnson's writing makes me feel like I'm there. A truly great modern day western adventure. Maybe his first, but one of his best. Have them all, twice! They are funny. Craig could be a comedy writer. A very good read with enough western action to keep me riveted and more than enough detail to make it real.

Wonderful read, engaging, humorous, awesome retoric. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one. As always, tremendously better than the Hollywood version. Found this book boring, was a chore to finish reading. Shame, I was looking forward to it after listening to an interview with the author. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.

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Paperback 2 —. Buy the Ebook: Add to Cart Add to Cart. Also in A Longmire Mystery. Also by Craig Johnson. See all books by Craig Johnson. Product Details. A western sheriff is it, no back up, so he, Longmire, is the end all. Johnson's descriptions of Longmire make you see this. A large, tall man, heavy set, a bit paunchy, widowed just a year, he's chiseled enough for men and has just enough of a soft side for us women to love him.

He drinks hard, mostly Rainier Beer, is ex military, tends to moodiness and seems a bit intellectual. The cast of supporting characters in this first outing include his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, of the Cheyenne Nation, Vic, a smart, sassy, sexy, exurbanite who becomes his deputy sheriff and plays well to Longmire's grieving soul, a former one legged sheriff, and a bunch of others I hope return in upcoming books.

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Add to this smart dialog, sexual tension to add hope for the big guy, humor that surprised me and plain good writing that engaged me throughout. The Cold Dish is a solid start as the first in what is now eight books. I'm hooked! View all 14 comments. Fans of traditional whodunits, North American league. I was drawn to this book by the series, as I suspect others before me have been. That may have been a problem. Two years after four white teenagers are given trivial sentences for raping a developmentally disabled Cheyenne girl, one of the accused rapists turns up shot in the back by an antique rifle.

Most everyone in the area believes the boys were guilty and the local Cheyenne still bear a grudge. While Longmire and his band of deputies investigate the murder, more bodies start to pile up. This book is a traditional mystery, meaning solving the puzzle surrounding the crime at hand is the main point of the plot. The victims come with plenty of baggage, and there are more than enough suspects to keep Longmire and crew busy for much of the book.

There are enough of the requisite false leads, lies and mistaken accusations to keep fans of traditional mysteries entertained. You come back for the characters. So, would you want to spend time with Walt Longmire?

More than likely, yes. He does heroic things without placing much value on being a hero. The people surrounding Longmire are a mixed lot. The others are more types than people, which I suppose is the luxury a series provides an author — he can color in the details over multiple volumes. Johnson clearly has a firm grasp on the setting alpine Wyoming and provides plenty of atmosphere for the story and his characters.

There are a lot of little reasons, and one big one. The little reasons range all over the map. Johnson adheres to the Trad Mystery Guidebook perhaps too slavishly. And it appears all the ladies of Absaroka County are unaccountably attracted to our crusty, overweight, out-of-shape, nearly over-the-hill sheriff including Deputy Vic , which makes very little sense and gets intrusive over time.

The big reason? This will infuriate the nobody-can-make-decent-films-of-books posse: As a result, Longmire has an essentially clear field in which to do his work. Perhaps this is Johnson limiting the problems he poses for himself in this debut novel, or perhaps he really meant the county seat of Durant to be West Mayberry. Village politics, like those in Henry Kissinger's academia, are so vicious because the stakes are so small. In short, the environment Our TV Hero navigates is far more rich, complex and dramatic than the one literary Walt inhabits, and looks more like the real world.

Granted, this took some time to develop, but the seeds were planted in the first few minutes of the first episode. Whether you press on after the first installment, however, will depend on what you seek from the series.

I expect that fans of the TV series will be disappointed. Perhaps author Johnson adds more flavors to make for a richer stew in subsequent books. Aug 22, Paula Kalin rated it really liked it Shelves: I watched the Longmire Series when it was on TV and enjoyed it very much.

This is one of those warm and friendly type of books. A nice change to a murder mystery with a western backdrop taking place in a small town in Wyoming. Walt Longmire, sheriff for 24 years, widowed, gives us a wonderful description of the beautiful country seen thru his eyes. An interesting twist toward the end of the book as to whom was murdering the boys convicted of raping a disabled Cheyenne girl a few years back.

A good series for mystery and western lovers. View all 15 comments. Jun 14, Karin Slaughter rated it really liked it. I read this because I really love the TV show, but it spoiled a lot of things on the show for me, so then I decided to not read any more. So, if there was no TV show, I would read all of them.

Does that make me a bad person? Or am I just an awesome TV watcher? Longmire the TV show. Revenge is a dish best served cold, Historians are not sure where the saying originated, but it means that revenge is best served not fresh after the insult occurred, but after enough time has passed so that the target won't see it coming. I did seek out this book simply because I really liked Longmire the TV series that was based upon the book series as written by Craig Johnson.

And to be fairly honest the book did more than satisfy my curiosity. The actual story starts several years before this Revenge is a dish best served cold, Historians are not sure where the saying originated, but it means that revenge is best served not fresh after the insult occurred, but after enough time has passed so that the target won't see it coming.

The actual story starts several years before this tale takes place in the form of a group rape of an Indian girl. Even after they were judged guilty the four pulprits got of fairly lightly. This all changes when one of them is found killed by a legendary weapon, the likes that saw one General Custer meet his doom and dead at a famous mountain in the US.

The main character Walter Longmire is a sheriff of a rather large patch of territory which in itself does lean against an Indian reservation. He isthe sheriff of Absaroka County for 24 years and plans to run for reelection again the following year.

Mostly so he can turn over the sheriffs duty to his 2nd in command Victoria "Vic" Moretti, who is a carreer police-officer that is way overqualified for the position but likes the surroundings.

Walt's closest friend and confidant is Henry Standing Bear. They have been friends since they were 12 years old, and both went to Vietnam. They share a bond and mutual respect that really shows through the story. In this book Walt is looking for the murderer of two of the perps of the rape of the Indian Girl, He would like to fall in love with a beautiful woman that has been in his life on and off for a very long time. While Longmire goes out of his way to catch the killer we meet his world and absolutely gorgeous characters that the writer does serve in this very first outing.

I really enjoyed the tv series but find that the books have way more depth to them than the show does, while in the first half of the book a lot happens there is no urgency to the story halfway the book the urgency does change and makes the book fairly difficult to put down.

A very enjoyable book that begs for a continued reading of the series. Well advised. View all 3 comments. Sep 15, P. Lundburg rated it liked it Shelves: I have to confess that I went into reading this after having watched the Netflix series. So it's fair to say I'm a huge fan of the characters and the general story telling. Seeing a movie or series from a book can give the book-reading a great lift; but it can just as easily set it up for disappointment. Usually, I love a book more than the screen version, but this time I am a bit disappointed.

Let me very quickly point out, though, that I am by no means giving up on the series. Th I have to confess that I went into reading this after having watched the Netflix series. This is only Book 1, and I won't judge a series on one book.

Such is not the case here, so I will go on to Book 2 in the coming months. My first praise would be to the characters. Johnson does an excellent job of developing his main characters extremely well, and without doing too much telling. He shows us the characters, and allows us to get to know them. Even more kudos are due to the fact that some of the minor characters have richly developed personalities, and in many cases they are round enough characters that we see them change over time and easily recognize their multiple facets.

A second praise would go to the great job Johnson does with the sub-plotting. There are threads that run in the background of the primary story that weave through the series, and are adeptly begun in this first book. Unfortunately, that plotting comment on the sub-plot is a point where I would offer some criticism. The sub-plot seems to move as fast as the main plot for this installment, which is to say that main plot really moves slowly.

It meanders, in fact. Through a long, deep valley that goes on and on. It's not bad plotting. I will confess that I looked at some reviews after I finished, as I sometimes do, to see if I was the only one with this complaint.

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I'm not. Several point out that Johnson seems to be trying to be more literary than the book warrants, and while I wouldn't be that harsh, I would say that it's a valid point. The prose does seem to mire down at times, and there were certainly times when I felt like there was too much effort in building a metaphor or trying to produce a clever turn of speech.

I want to add, though, that I doubt many readers will be annoyed by this, and it's a minor point among a lot of upsides. Among those upsides, and another praise, is the sense of place. You can hear the echoing expanse of the range in front of the mountains, feel the breeze tugging at your skin and eyelashes, and breathe in the crisp clean air. You can feel the rump-numbing distance as Walt drives the county to investigate the crime. And best of all, there's a strong presence of a well-articulated community.

Johnson captures the sense of setting very well. I would have loved to give Longmire, Book 1, a solid 4-star if not a 5, but I can't. I'm sure that the series is going to pick up, and I suspect that this first book was a steep learning curve. What carried me through the book most was the characters, but even that had a downside: Longmire is a classically "wounded hero," but because the story is told in first person, we're too close to that wounded hero to get the direct, pained reflection that we get.

Third person would have served better for that, I think. I could feel the presence of the author too much at these points, and you should never sense the author trying to do anything in a story. You should be simply riding along, enjoying the journey, without realizing this or that paragraph or sentence must have been a bit of an effort for the writer.

Longmire fans will enjoy this book. For the critical reader, it will hover between a 3 and a 4. View all 9 comments. Mission Complete. I have now read all twelve Longmire books in reverse release order. I believe I started last June, so that works out to about two of the books in the series per month.

The Cold Dish is a powerful work. It is quite understandable why it spawned a T. Johnson is quite readable and highly entertaining. If one needed to categorize the book it would probably called a police procedural. The characters are supremely well developed and as a reader the c Mission Complete. The characters are supremely well developed and as a reader the characters become quite endearing. Johnson's ability in infuse humor into the story line is an art in itself.

The humor fits the characters and it fits the story line. As one reads along, the realization that Wyoming itself is one of the main important characters of the books. And all the characters are made real, no two dimensional cut-outs to be found. What is the Cold Dish?

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Not just revenge, not just "the babe", not just being lost in the mountains in a show storm. But all of those and more. If this book is read, the need to read the next, and the next will become compulsive. Even if you read them in reverse order. Highly Recommended. This copy is signed by the author. View all 7 comments.

This is one of those books that takes you right in, sits you down by the fire, covers your lap with a blanket and hands you a drink. This story of a smart, seasoned and kind Sheriff just had me from the beginning. A fairly small town band of characters only add to the rich story line. A murder of a youth that was convicted of the rape of a young girl starts the roller coaster story line. The banter between the Sheriff and his best friend called Bear is so random and dry that it is just hilarious This is one of those books that takes you right in, sits you down by the fire, covers your lap with a blanket and hands you a drink.

The banter between the Sheriff and his best friend called Bear is so random and dry that it is just hilarious and sometimes inappropriate which makes it even funnier. Real characters that feel like old friends by the end of the book.

The narrator is my favorite male reader. He is excellent. The experience would not be the same without him. I cant wait to continue with this series. Thank you Audible reviewers for leading me to this new series. Aug 09, Michael Britt rated it really liked it Shelves: Per usual, you can find this review and others like it at Tome Raider This was my first contemporary mystery and I couldn't be more happy with this book.

But they were only given a suspended sentence. Fast forward to present day and one of those boys, Cody Pritchard, has just been found murdered.

Walt is given the case and quickly finds out that the othe Per usual, you can find this review and others like it at Tome Raider This was my first contemporary mystery and I couldn't be more happy with this book.

Walt is given the case and quickly finds out that the other boys lives might also be in danger. Given that there's a rather big Indian presence in Absaroka County, the murder doesn't really come as a surprise. It starts to look like a clear cut case, until the evidence starts pointing at other people. The case becomes more and more confusing the more ol' Walt investigates. We're taken on a truly awesome and tension packed ride as we try and figure out who is carrying out these murders before every one of these boys are picked off.

About 8 years ago I was really big into rodeo. Me and my buddy would travel out home state of Oklahoma and even go as far as Texas, Kansas, or Missouri if it meant we could get entered in and ride we did saddle bronc, fyi.

Wyoming was somewhere we always dreamed of going. So hearing that this is set in Wyoming piqued my interest. Johnson does such an amazing job of really bringing out the beauty of this gorgeous state through in his writing. We also get such a vivid picture of this small little town that I might just up and move there. I was so surprised at just how great he was at really making you feel like you were there.

He also rivals GRRM with his love for making you super hungry through his descriptions of food. Seriously, I was constantly hungry throughout this book. I was so lucky I didn't have food near me, or else I would've snacked the whole time.

The characters he has created were all so perfect for this book. I can't think of a single character I disliked. Which is extremely rare. It's also rare for me to like the main character more than the side characters. Walt Longmire is the kind of guy that'd be fun to just hang out with.

Especially if his buddy Henry Standing Bear was with him to cook some of his delicious sounding meals! The plot moves at a decent pace. There towards the end I did feel as if it could've ended sooner, but you quickly realize that Johnson made a sound decision for not ending it sooner.

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It just sets it up for a really great twist ending. And a very emotional one at that. Now, as much as I absolutely loved this book, it definitely has it's faults. Not many, but there are a few. This was a very small amount of the book, but I was definitely pretty bored for this part. Also, I could've done without all the food descriptions. It felt a bit much at times and made me way too hungry, but that's more of a personal problem there.

My last complaint was how just about every female character seems to just swoon over Walt. I can't recall a single female that wasn't in love with him. It was pretty eye-roley is that a word? Other than those rather petty complaints, I couldn't have been more surprised at how much I loved this book. It had a plot that was well paced for the most part , great characters, hilarious banter, Walt's inner monologue was so great and funny, and so many twists and turns that I was dizzy and disoriented by the end.

If you're a fan of contemporary mysteries, or just mysteries in general, so yourself a favor and pick this series up. Apr 07, Harry rated it really liked it Shelves: Craig Johnson has written nine novels in his Walt Longmire series. Formerly a police officer; he has also worked as a educator, cowboy and longshoreman. Johnson was also a board member of the Mystery Writers' of America. Craig Johnson as an artist, as a man who paints with words ascribes to the essential characteristic of what makes art different from anyth Craig Johnson has written nine novels in his Walt Longmire series.

Craig Johnson as an artist, as a man who paints with words ascribes to the essential characteristic of what makes art different from anything else: And where else is one to find it but in the fictional county of Absaroka, Wyoming and it's Sheriff Walt Longmire. As with the work of William Kent Krueger Johnson introduces readers to the Western concept of cowboys and indians. Growing up in the Netherlands, I read till late in the night the wildly popular series Winnetou and Old Shatterhand not available in the States.

When playing outside miles away from American soil, it wasn't cops and robbers we played, it was cowboys and indians. It was this image of America I held in my mind as a 12 year old boy standing on the deck of the U. Rotterdam as we sailed into New York Harbor and waited in the lines of Ellis Island to be granted access to my boyhood dreams.

Unlike older western novels, however, Johnson brings this cultural diversity into the 20th century and without delving into multi-culturalism brings us to that mystical nether region between the two where native american and white man meet each other half-way.

Johnson's aim is at portraying a fictional world as it should be and this includes diversity. Henry, a native american is Walt's best friend. The indian community stands ready to aid the law, helps the white man bring justice regardless of race, color or creed. Walt Longmire, in a hallucinatory fit, dances with the Cheyenne spirits who guide him to safety in the midst of a devastating blizzard even though the unconscious man slung over his shoulders is a perpatrator against a Native American woman.

Walt does not question his sanity afterwards. Craig Johnson's world is one we might all long for Too often I read book reviews where the reviewers seem to place verisimilitude above fiction. In my opinion, if you want reality, if you want to read about the way things are, then view a documentary, read a biography, check out reality TV. This is fiction, and if an author changes reality to suit his notion for the book, so be it For some, the first in the series moves along a bit slowly Books that concentrate on rural settings often have the advantage of highlighting the human condition in startling clarity.

Distractions such as are found in urban settings removed, we see good and evil and compassion in a more profound way. Wyoming's Absaroka County gives us this magnifying glass. I found the plot intriguing and the ending second-to-none. Truly, the titles are well chosen in these novels. There's a huge fan base for Johnson's work out there. A fan base that is after values, the good kind. I'm reminded of my daughter's fascination with Taylor Swift, whose millions of fans adulate her for precisely the same reason: There is a Renaissance occurring in a real world that at best can be portrayed as lost in the grey fog of compromised values; a Renaissance that has caught the attention of not only our youth, but all ages.

And they are telling us what they want. Unless there is a drastic divergence in subsequent Longmire novels, this review will be the same for all the Walt Longmire books. View 2 comments. Jul 25, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming, a place where everyone knows your name and probably your business. Walt's been a widower for three His home is worse than a bachelor pad, his deputy Vic is forever giving him a hard time about being overweight, and there's mouse droppings on his cooking utensils.

Despite the fact that Walt's life seems to be in a shambles, the people of Absaroka County like Walt, especially his good friend and Cheyenne Indian Henry S Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming, a place where everyone knows your name and probably your business.

Despite the fact that Walt's life seems to be in a shambles, the people of Absaroka County like Walt, especially his good friend and Cheyenne Indian Henry Standing Bear. As a matter of fact, there's a small conspiracy going on between Henry, Cady Walt's adult daughter , and Ruby Walt's strong-willed secretary to coax Walt back into the swing of life. But a murder throws a wrench in that plan.

The were convicted by served measly sentences. Many people in the community and on the Cheyenne Reservation were disgusted with the outcome of the trial, and the outcome haunts Walt.

So, when Cody Pritchard winds up shot to death and shortly thereafter Jacob succumbs to the same fate, Walt has to figure out who of the multitude of suspects is behind the murders and protect both George and Brian from ending up like Cody and Jacob.

The hardest part for Walt is the fact that Henry, Melissa's "uncle", is a prime suspect. Had there been no plot to this story whatsoever, I probably would have been mesmerized all the same.

The characters are some of the richest I've seen in a long time. By the time I reached the end of the novel, I wanted to go live in Absaroka County with them! Walt is just plain fun. There's no question why his constituents like him.

He's kind and fair and aims to do the "right" thing. He's not perfect, and his altercation with Turk highlights that. Turk assaulted Jules, an old drunk man, while putting Jules in jail for peeing on him. Walt simply lost his control and assaulted Turk. While his actions are ironic, I had trouble feeling any sympathy for Turk. But Ruby was furious with Walt and even threatened to quit because she was disgusted with his behavior.

And Walt was embarrassed for it.

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Me, I was cheering for him! I love Walt, but I often have a special affinity for the supporting character in a duo-type story. I'm very fond of Henry in this book. He is an incredibly rich character. His sarcastic humor is phenomenal. I was almost in tears laughing at various parts in this novel, and they usually involved something Henry was saying.

And Henry often ends up being the sarcastic voice of reason when Walt starts getting carried away. All the characters in this novel are fascinating: Johnson has a knack for breathing realism into his characters and bringing them to life for the reader.

Their interactions with each other add a whole additional level of complexity to the novel.