- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: May 17, 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000QUUCWU
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Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery Audiobook – Unabridged
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In short, better than your average murder mystery, but not 5-star.
I came to Longmire by way of the show and I've mentioned in previous reviews that the show is true to the books in the same way that Midsomer Murders was true to Caroline Graham's books: the show captures the essence of the characters but takes liberties with plots, which keeps both formats fresh for viewers.
This book is the book that will stick in one's craw, if you're one of those people who want the show to be exactly like the book. It's apparent that the show deviates from two on-going plot-threads in the book-series.
The first: Cady's story-line in the book-series changes to make room for Branch on the show. In this book, we go back to Philly with Cady and learn a lot about her life that hasn't made it into the show yet. It will be interesting to see if and how the show ties back into Cady's story-lines in the books.
The second, Vic Moretti. We meet her family, which the show hasn't done, and it turns out that they are all cops too, which gives us the opportunity to understand Vic better - we see where she's coming from. Then, we meet her new lover. I don't want to give spoilers but this plot-thread has NOT happened on the show and, all I can say, my jaw dropped. I wasn't expecting it. I'm definitely curious to see if the show ever goes there.
And again, even though the book-series is going in a different direction from the show, I love both formats because I feel like I get double the Longmire.
Walt soon comes into contact with Lena Moretti, mother of Deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti whom Lena calls “Terror.” Also in the Moretti family of police officers are Lena’s husband and several sons. Michael is one of these sons and becomes interested in Cady, often standing a lonely vigil at her bedside. Vic, not wanting to be left out of the picture, joins Walt and Henry in Philadelphia and helps in the expanding police efforts. One of the best things about this particular Longmire adventure is watching the machinations of the Moretti family and how Vic becomes jealous of what might be going on between Walt and her mother.
The action is kicked off smartly when Cady’s boyfriend, Devon Conliffe, is thrown off a bridge. It’s a complicated plot that mixes metropolitan city police work with old fashioned western sheriff sleuthing. The author provides an epilogue which helps to understand what went on, just in case you didn’t completely understand the whole story like I idid.
The story line with Vic takes an interesting turn, and that is always fun. Still looking forward to the rest of the series, but "Kindness Goes Unpunished" felt a little bit phoned in, and maybe Johnson should be punished a little as a result.