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The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Johnson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (569 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Introducing Wyoming’s Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies, the first in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series





Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel, in which New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming’s Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been 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, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.




Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A strong sense of place, a credible plot and deft dialogue lift Johnson's good-humored debut novel, the first of a new series, set in Bighorn Mountain country. Walt Longmire, the veteran sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., usually has little to do on his patrols. When Cody Pritchard is found shot to death near the Cheyenne reservation, everyone, including Deputy Victoria Moretti, a transplanted Philadelphian, believes he died in an accident. But two years earlier, Cody was one of four high schoolers convicted of raping a young Native American girl. All were given suspended sentences, and when another of the four turns up dead, it appears that someone is out for revenge. As fear mounts, Sheriff Longmire feels tension in the air between the white population and the Native American community, and he's not pleased to think that his lifelong friend, Henry Standing Bear, might be directly involved in the murders. While the prose could stand tautening at times simply to up the suspense, Johnson has made an assured start that should appeal to a wide range of mystery fans.
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From Bookmarks Magazine

The Cold Dish, a multilayered whodunit mystery, stands out in its genre. Shades of racism, mysticism, and revenge give the novel nuance; dead-on dialogue, good-natured humor, and flesh-and-blood characters, including the foul-mouthed deputy Victorian "Vic" Moretti, give it life. Johnson, who lives in Ucross, Wyoming, knows the Western landscape well, and creates stunning and violent scenes (including a raging blizzard) of the Rocky Mountains. Only The Philadelphia Inquirer faulted the novel’s roughness and comparatively immature prose. The other critics look forward to reading more from Johnson’s powerful voice and reconnecting with his eccentric mélange of characters.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.


Product Details

  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670033693
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (December 29, 2004)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023SDPS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous - 6 stars at the least! May 11, 2005
Format:Hardcover
In Wyoming where the endless beauty of nature gives you the chance to let your spirit flow freely, things take time - and that is good.
Craig Johnson uses that time to paint a wonderful picture of the setting and to introduce us to a cast of characters any reader would dream of. Although they say it's a mystery - and they're right - there is also so much more. It's a tale about the people, their stories and the magical countryside.
True, other writers have written about this part of the world, but when Craig Johnson paints the story, you can feel the wind blow and even hear the snowflakes fall. Every detail that is mentioned helps you sense the atmosphere and lets you create your own picture in your head without ever being overdone.
It is not one of those fast who-dun-it mysteries that keep you chasing after the clues. But that doesn't mean you'll lose your patience - the storyline is much too good for that.
Sherif Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, together with his friend Henry Standing Bear and Deputy Victoria Moretti must solve the murder of Cody Pritchard, one of four high school boys who, a couple of years earlier had been convicted of brutally raping Melissa, a young Cheyenne girl. Walt never got over the horrible crime, but now it may be only him left standing between the other three boys and the bullets.
It's fiction at its best and it also happens to be a tremendously well written mystery you wouldn't want to end. And when it does you're probably going to start all over right away. A strong tale with great characters you won't forget.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Palatable April 19, 2006
Format:Paperback
Being in the book business, I'm always on the lookout for the next big thing, the kind of author with so much talent and drive that anyone who buys one of their works will be back the next day to buy the rest. I've seen writers like Lee Child and Michael Connelly go from buzz to best seller, and I love that brief window of opportunity when I can hand sell a relatively unknown author I know will knock people out.

Craig Johnson is a new voice that his publisher Penguin believes can become the next Hillerman. Both Craig and Penguin have sent our bookshop posters, postcards and various promotional items (word to the wise - chocolate and money work best) in order to bring him to the attention of our customers. Johnson's protagonist is Walt Longmire, an aging, small town sheriff in Wyoming. (The aging thing is always a poignant touch, but it can get awkward when it's the starting point in a continuing series - those Vietnam vets aren't going to be able to keep punching people out for very much longer.) Walt's rather pedestrian duties are suddenly enlivened by the death of a young man who had been involved in the gang rape of a Native American girl. When a second guilty party is also killed it becomes apparent that the first death was no accident, and unless the crimes are solved the town could explode.

Longmire is a likeable, gruff and very decent character, a man just emerging from mourning the death of his long time wife, and the reader is drawn effortlessly into his world. Johnson skillfully immerses the reader in the rhythms and mores of the West, smoothly integrating history and folklore into the evocative landscape.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Cold Dish' is a gem of a first novel June 27, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Discovering a wonderful new author is a special treat for readers, and Craig Johnson's 'The Cold Dish' is especially delicious. Set in a fictional small town in northern Wyoming and featuring grieving, 50-something widower Sheriff Walt Longmire, the book is a beautifully crafted mystery that will hold your attention from the first page. A marvelous supporting cast of eccentric locals including Longmire's best friend, Henry Standing Bear, both assist and hinder the Sheriff as he makes his way through a maze of suspects to solve a grisy series of murders. By the last chapter of this terrific first novel, the reader will feel that he, too, knows the starkly beautiful country at the foot of the Big Horn mountains. A guaranteed great read!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It! November 19, 2004
Format:Hardcover
I grew up on an Indian reservation. I have read many books that have attempted to show the true relationship between the White Man and Indian. None have ever hit so close to home as the "Cold Dish" I recommmed this book to all my Native brothers and sisters. It will fill your heart with pride, your gut with laughter and your eyes with tears. All this in a few pages, over and over again.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Novel: Review by a Literary Cowboy November 20, 2004
Format:Hardcover
What do Herman Melville, Cervantes, Zane Grey, Raymond Chandler and Cheyenne Chief Wooden Leg have in common? They would have loved this book.

With characters and a story that stay with you long after you put it down, this is an exceptional story told by an exceptional storyteller. A murder mystery unlike any I have ever read, The Cold Dish is as thought provoking as it is readable, as rich and beautiful as the Wyoming sky under which it is set.

In expertly weaving together threads of tragedy and revenge with the redeeming power of humor, integrity, and friendship, Mr. Johnson is an authentic voice. His gift for bringing to life the emptiness, majesty and struggle of the Western landscape and the people it forges has created characters and a friendship between Walt and Henry Standing Bear that will stay with you for a long time.

Complex issues of history, race, murder, and love against the backdrop of sagebrush and Western skies. Characters so real you wish you could talk to them. The Cold Dish is a powerful addition to the literary canon dealing with that hard but beautiful part of America we simply call the West.

Point blank: Mr. Johnson spins a great yarn. This is one book you will read again and again. Guaranteed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these Books
I have started the "Craig Johnson" Books, and can't put them down. I am not a Big reader, but these Books, just hold your attention, and the characters, seem to become... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by The Ledgend
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Longmire
Watched entire first two seasons and listened to all the books but this one. Had to see how it all got started.
Published 22 hours ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a wonderful book. Surprising, humorous, and very well written. I am looking forward to reading the entire series.
Published 2 days ago by akmoosie
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cold Dish had a great endinv
I love the characters in Walt Longmire books. In this book you I read along enjoying the interplay between the characters. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Floyd Day
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cold Dish
I just read this book and loved it.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is a beautifully drawn character. Longmire is a likeable, gruff and a very decent man who is just trying to do his... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Hayley Keeton
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is Longmire??????
The book was just OK.....if I was not a big fan of the TV show, I would not have enjoyed it at all. Being able to project a face to all of the characters made the bokk OK...for me. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Marc Ladin
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I found this series...
I'm a big fan of the Longmire tv series. Thank you Craig Johnson for introducing Longmire to the public & thanks to A & E for producing it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Linda Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Craig Johnson Always Delivers!
I was first a fan of the TV show, and now I'm also a fan of the books. Sheriff Walt Longmire has good values and he is definitely the cowboy with the white hat! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sandra Fielder
5.0 out of 5 stars Thee New West Comes Alive
Since I enjoyed the TV Series, I wanted to read the books. Good plot, great character development. I have bought two more and will continue to read Johnson's books.
Published 10 days ago by jon freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cold Dish
Good read. Would recommend to others if they enjoy Lamour or Leonard. Writing is very descriptive from action scenes to meals at the local diner.
Published 11 days ago by al baker
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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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I agree entirely! I will not pay $11.99 for an e-book published seven years ago and long available in paperback. What can they be thinking?
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