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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 25 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: May 10, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0081WWCJ6
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As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I like the fact that Walt has a sense of humor. In As the Crow Flies, Walt is sitting by a man who gets shot in the mouth by a bartender and sees, “ blood, tissue, and teeth scattering…onto the table.” When Lucian, an old coot who was sheriff before Walt, asks Walt how the guy is doing, he responds, “Alive, but he’s going to need some dental work.” He’s also smart quoting Shakespeare, explaining the caste system of India, and is an encyclopedia on the history of the old west. As Lucian says, “Better than a bookmobile.” The thing I don’t like about Walt, but I’m sure some would call it heroic, is that he is tenacious to a fault. Once he starts a case, he finishes it no matter whether his daughter is getting married or she’s having a baby.
If you want a break from all of these high tech procedurals and from big city soot and crime, pop the top of a Rainer beer, Walt’s favorite, sit in front of a roaring fire and read away. You might even want to buy a pair of new boots…To save you time, here is a list of Johnson’s books in order. It does help to read them in order. There is some sequence plotting…Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man’s Mocassins, The Dark Horse, Junkyard Dogs, Hell is Empty, Divorce Horse, As the Crow Flies, Christmas in Absaroka County, Messenger, A Serpent’s Tooth, The Steamboat, Any Other Name, Dry Bones.
Unfortunately, while scouting a promising site, Henry and Walt are witness to a Crow indian woman plunging to her death from a high cliff. Was it suicide? Was she pushed? Or was it a tragic accidental fall? (I’m going to forgive author Craig Johnson at this point for a terrible pun in the title on flying crows.)
Walt is first on the scene to examine the body but is soon joined in his investigation by the FBI and a new police chief on the Cheyenne reservation whose name is Lolo Long. Lolo has just returned from a duty tour in Iraq as a medic and has an attitude as big as Wyoming. Walt adopts a conciliatory and professional relationship with Lolo as her mentor and she ratchets down her attitude to cooperate and learn.
The book takes a brief side excursion into indian mysticism as Walt accepts an invitation for a peyote smoke with several older gentlemen. Along the way, he has a conversation with a bear and one with a sassy crow who sounds a lot like undersheriff Vic Moretti. It’s not totally without value because he does get some good ideas from the crow that will help him later solve the crime.
But what about the wedding? Does Cady get hitched? You’ll have to read the epilogue to find out and I’m certain you won’t be disappointed.