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The Cold Dish (A Walt Longmire Mystery) Hardcover – Large Print, March 5, 2014
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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 the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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PENGUIN BOOKS, Published by the Penguin Group, 2005
ISBN: 978-0-14-312724-6, 431 pages
My daughter-in-law recommended Craig Johnson to me. She did not impress me as fan of modern westerns but at her suggestion I selected the first of Johnson’s novels. It started slow with a depressed beer-drinking sheriff in Absaroka County in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains in Northern Wyoming. He sends his deputy out to check on a hunting accident and heads for the bar. The hunting accident turns out to be a murder and the sheriff is jolted out of his self-imposed depression. From the start he sees this as a murder of revenge. In short order he is split between solving the murder and preventing the next act of revenge. He fails at both but just as there are several other potential victims there are many suspects. The plot is simple but this story is a character driven saga. In the rugged country that is Wyoming a man or woman must be tough to survive and the saga is filled with strong characters. It is the interaction of the characters, the land and Johnson’s skill as a writer that make this story great. None of the characters proves to be stronger than Sheriff Walt Longmire even when the he faces the twist at the end as an additional motive is revealed for the killings. No doubt this is the best modern western I have read and now there is a score of other novel by Craig Johnson that I put on my future read list.
Michael Andrew Marsden – The North Idaho Ghost Writer