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Death Without Company: A Longmire Mystery Paperback – May 22, 2013
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*Starred Review* Johnson's second Walt Longmire novel more than fulfills the expectations created by the series debut, The Cold Dish (2004). Longmire, the aging, kindly, but tenacious sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, once again finds himself involved in a murder case with tentacles reaching deep into the fabric of daily life in his insular mountain community. It all begins with the death of a Basque woman in an assisted-living home, but the circumstances of that death prompt Longmire and his bantering, foulmouthed deputy, Victoria Moretti, to begin nosing around in the victim's past. The trail leads in multiple directions, most of which converge on Longmire's mentor, former sheriff Lucian Connally. Like C. J. Box in his Joe Pickett series, Johnson uses the landscape of the Wyoming high country to evoke the sense of lives crushing in upon one another, as secrets refuse to stay buried, and old wounds continue to fester. Box's hero, Joe Pickett, is an outsider in his world, however, and Longmire is very much a comfortable part of Absaroka County, a kind of old shoe, in fact, like former sheriff Bill Gastner in Steven Hamill's series set in the very different landscape of Posadas County, New Mexico. Johnson combines a vivid sense of the dailiness of life--and the way human relationships take root in that dailiness--with a sure--handed touch for jolting both his characters and his readers out of their comfort zones and deep into harm's way. It's hard to ask for more in a literary mystery. Bill Ott
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Dont you dare miss it! (Tony Hillerman)
Johnson has continued a series that should become a must read. (The Denver Post)
Johnson delivers great storytelling in an intelligent mystery. (The Oregonian)
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The biggest, and obvious, differences between the show and the books are with the characters. The show plays with their physical appearances and backgrounds (drawing out some plot-threads, diminishing others) but remains true to each characters' "spiritual essence." Robert Taylor (swoon) makes Walt Longmire a little more handsome than he should be. The book's Vic Moretti is a small brunette more than capable of going head to head with the fellas where the show depicts her as a tall and lithe bottle blond, still more than capable (and I'm in love with both versions of her - I love me some b'dass females). Henry Standing Bear is an actual Cheyenne and I don't have to pretend away Lou Diamond Phillip's Filipino-Spanish-Irish-Cherokee heritage (not complainin' about his part in the role 'cause LDP is pretty easy on the eyes too).
And, the biggest character difference of all, Branch Connally appears to be a conglomeration of different characters from the book and his uncle Lucian doesn't appear in the show nearly as much as he does in the book series. Especially this book, where Lucian is at the center of the plot: an unsolved murder from his days as sheriff.
And one of the reasons I liked this book so much is because I feel like I got a better look at the characters. Especially Walt - understanding his mentor gives me the chance to understand him better.
I don't like giving spoilers but other reviewers have already complained of the rape scene so it's out there in the multiverse. Yes, this book is a trigger for those coping with such trauma. I'm a rape victim and, though the scene is disturbing because of it's content, I wasn't disturbed to read it because, unfortunately, this kind of stuff does happen and real-life law enforcement has to deal with these scenarios every day of the week. I'm glad Johnson didn't turn away from the subject because it's "too hard" or "disturbing to think about." Ignoring rape or pretending it away is what allows these situations to keep happening. Rapists operate best when no one is paying attention. So you will see no dissing of Johnson's rape coverage here - rape is a hard topic to write about and I feel like Johnson did it justice, showing rape for what it is and what it does to people. Kudos Johnson, thank you for not tucking this topic under the rug for those who'd prefer to blind themselves. Reading is supposed to open the eyes/mind and I hope Johnson succeeds with that task.
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This book is the same. Longmire's relationships with Vick, Cady and Henry are real and you feel his emotions and the struggle he has to solve the crimes. There are always touching moments, laugh out loud moments and suspenseful moments.
I will be reading the entire series