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Product Details

  • Series: Walt Longmire Mystery
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067002645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670026456
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

There comes a time in many long-running series when plot, no matter how carefully crafted, becomes secondary to the reader’s pleasure in seeing the characters interact. This, the ninth installment of Johnson’s series about genial Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, is that book. The plot, here, is both more convoluted and more modern than usual: though it starts with the appearance of a Mormon “lost boy” and an elderly fellow who appears to have walked out of the Book of Mormon, Walt finds himself taking on a shady, well-armed crew who just may be using religion as a cover for a more nefarious scheme. Through it all—through deaths and conflagrations—runs the easygoing give-and-take among Walt, his deputy/love interest, Victoria Moretti, old friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Saizarbitoria, Double Tough, and Frymire. Sticklers may be put off by Walt’s growing disregard for the rule book (and, perhaps, the relative ease with which national secrets are uncovered), but fans will eat it up. And, with the second season of Longmire airing soon on A&E, Walt’s playing to a larger audience than ever. --Keir Graff


“Suspense propels the brisk plot, complemented by a sly sense of humor and a breathtaking look at Wyoming.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"Authentic....The story moves at a brisk pace, with room for some good-natured humor and plenty of gorgeous Wyoming scenery."—CNN.com

Customer Reviews

Excellent story, great characters, humor, and action.
Stuart W. Reed
He keeps the story moving at a steady pace filled with action and tense moments holding readers captive until the unexpected ending.
Mason Canyon
I am a Walt Longmire junky...........love the mysteries!
Linda James

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By QueenKatieMae VINE VOICE on June 7, 2013
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Walt Longmire is more than just the sheriff of the fictitious Absaroka county in Wyoming; he's a renaissance man well versed in the works of Shakespeare and Dante, an old soul, a loyal friend, a Vietnam vet, a straight shooter with a mean right hook, and a softie when it comes to the women in his life. I'm not sure if it's Walt, or the author, Craig Johnson, or maybe both, but the books keep getting better and better.

Years ago, when I first read The Cold Dish by the then unknown Johnson, I knew I had found an author and a lead character that would keep me engaged with each new book. Johnson's writing is clever with a wry sense of humor, multi-layered in context, and his novels are peopled with characters so compelling with their individual temperaments and personalities. And with Johnson's obvious love of the mid-western landscape, he makes it's terrible beauty another player in his novels as well. These are books that I recommend to friends constantly as Johnson's intelligent and nuanced prose makes every story a delight to read.

His latest novel, A Serpent's Tooth, begins when Walt discovers a young boy has been living in Barbara Thomas' pump house, periodically breaking into her home to raid the fridge and repair whatever she has left on her to-do list for him. When Walt catches up to the boy, Cord, he discovers more than just a young man cast out from the Mormon splinter group, The Apostolic Church of the Lamb of God. He finds intrigue involving big oil, big guns, cults, the CIA, a missing woman, the rather extensive Lynear family with their rather large patriarch, and a cipher of a man claiming to be two hundred years old, blessed with immortality by Mormon leader Joseph Smith himself.

Walt's job is never easy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chanticleer Book Reviews on June 4, 2013
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Craig Johnson's well-honed and crafted Walt Longmire mysteries are engaging page-turners that are as fresh and raw as they are multi-layered and nuanced. Furthermore, Johnson doesn't back down from the socio-economical issues taking place in today's West and bringing them to a roaring boil.

Johnson's mysteries keep us turning the pages, but as we do, he gives us glimpses into the contemporary west, the people who live with the imposing presence of the looming Rocky Mountains, and the undercurrents of modern technology, and social ills. Dichotomies abound with cowboys on horseback with I-phones, raging snowstorms and the futility of technology in their midst, western machismo and the women with balls enough to stand up to it.

As you read Johnson's works, he will divulge his characters' souls to you. We learn, bit by bit, about their weaknesses, their wounds, and their paths that led them to inhabit this remote corner of America. We also share in their triumphs and victories -- even if it is small as an ice cold Ranier beer after a day of driving dusty roads.

Craig Johnson's "Walt Longmire Mysteries" series explore our world and our psyches with their imagery, symbolism, mythological archetypes and spiritualism. He does this without stereo-typing or rehashing old cliches, but with spot-on dialogue, engaging characters, and complex suspenseful plot-building. And that is what makes the reading of the Walt Longmire mystery series so very addictive.

We root for Walt Longmire because he fights the good fights that must be fought--no matter what the costs are to him.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Janine Smith on June 6, 2013
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Yes, you should buy this book. It's a delight. Compelling story, beautifully written. It's such fun to follow Sheriff Longmire and his cohorts.

But before you read it, go back and start at the first book. One of the joys of this series is watching the characters grow and develop. Each book stands alone just fine, but the series is more than the sum of its parts. That's what a great writer can do.

I can't wait to see what Walt, Henry, Vic and the rest are up to next.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DL on August 26, 2013
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A Serpent's Tooth is the ninth installment in Craig Johnson's winding western detective series about Absaroka County, Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire. In 2012, A&E premiered Longmire, the television knock-off of the series. If you are new to the book series, even if you have watched the television show, I would recommend that you start at book one, The Cold Dish. The characters are similar between the books and television show but have subtle differences that I think are important as you read the book series. Additionally, book one sets the tone and themes for the following books in the series.

In installment #9, Johnson takes Walt and his deputy, Vic, and his best friend, Henry Standing Bear in search of the missing family of a 15-year-old "lost" boy after it is discovered that an elderly woman is being visited by what she believes to be an "angel" who is coming to her home and doing handyman work while she is away in exchange for food left on the counter.

"Do you think there are more crazy people in our county than anywhere else?" asked Vic. Yes, yes I do.

Johnson's writing is well structured and to the point, often like life in Wyoming itself, and the plot is engaging with enough mystery and suspense, mixed with a dash of romance, to keep readers turning the pages. Fans of cozy mysteries, western novels and strong characters will find Johnson's books entertaining.
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More About the Author

Craig Johnson has received both critical and popular praise for his novels The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man's Moccasins and The Dark Horse. All five novels have been made selections by the Independent Booksellers Association, and The Cold Dish was a DILYS Award Finalist and was translated into French in 2009 as Little Bird and was just named one of the top ten mysteries of the year by Lire magazine and won the Prix du Roman Noir as the best mystery novel translated into French for 2010.

Death Without Company was selected by Booklist as one of the top-ten mysteries of 2006, won the Wyoming Historical Society's fiction book of the year. The short story, Old Indian Trick, won the Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Award and appeared in Cowboys & Indians Magazine.

Kindness Goes Unpunished, the third in the Walt Longmire series, was number 38 on the American Bookseller's Association's hardcover best seller list.

Another Man's Moccasins, was the recipient of Western Writer's of America's Spur Award as Novel of the Year and the Mountains and Plains Book of the Year.

The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series has garnered starred reviews by all four prepublication review services, one of the only novels to receive that honor and was named by Publisher's Weekly as one of the top one hundred books of the year.

Craig lives with his wife Judy on their ranch in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

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