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The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery Paperback – March 28, 2006
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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 novels roughness and comparatively immature prose. The other critics look forward to reading more from Johnsons powerful voice and reconnecting with his eccentric mélange of characters.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Longmire is a unique blend of the old western and modern crime story. In the process it creates a sort of “New Western” genre. “The Cold Dish” is a genuinely enjoyable book bringing in equal parts of gritty realism and light hearted humor and overlaying it with seriously dark humor. The character development is of a superb quality I have not seen since “Lost Boys” by Orson Scott Card. You will very quickly find yourself captivated by the complex characters that Craig Johnson creates and the complicatedly simple world they inhabit.
If you watch the TV series you will recognize the basic plot line of this book, but don't assume you know the full story. This Longmire mystery will keep you guessing until the end. It is always a joy to discover a book with a set of characters you really enjoy and know that there are another 7 or 8 books beyond the one you have just finished. That is the case of “The Cold Dish” and the Walt Longmire world.
Reviewed by J. Keith Jones
Author of In Due Time