Craig Johnson's Longmire stories never disappoint,
but this has to be one of his best.
The characters and situations are entirely authentic,
yet the responses and plot twists
are always fresh and unexpected.
The audiobook version
adds the pleasure and authenticity
of George Guidall's voice,
which is pure Wyoming
and a perfect match for Longmire.
If only narrators would take a moment
to correct blatant errors in their reading
(eg, shouting a phrase
which is followed by
"she whispered wistfully.")
I've wanted to say that for years.
Love the series,but this one is a bit weak.
To begin with, I am a Walt Longmire fan. When I read about Walt, I am there with him, in the cafe, at the crime scene, etc. So this review will be anything but critical.
It was good to be with my old friend and all the supporting characters that make up the Walt Longmire stories. And this story, though different, was captivating and interesting. A few parts of it I had figured out, but not all of it and was a bit surprised at how the story evolved. To make it all the more interesting, Walt must deal with a family tragedy while also attempting to solve a politically damaging crime. With the US government fully immersed in his investigation, pressure to cooperate with officials who do nothing but get in his way, demanding his attention for their own political gain, Walt, with all the wisdom and savvy he can muster, weaves through his investigation the only way he knows how. By instinct and intuition.
As with previous stories, Walt's life is in peril and danger seems to haunt him at every corner. So you have thrill, intrigue, suspense, and sarcastic rye humor of Walt, all coming together in a captivating and interesting who done it story. Once again, the characters blend so well to make this story real and believable. The wit and antics of his compadres are interwoven into the story, bringing the right touch of humor, while a serious and life threatening investigation is ongoing. All of this weaves a tale of suspense, with a human touch, making it seem so real and believable.
I especially found the ending very enjoyable. After all that has happened, the town deeply involved, the political balancing act, all seem to evaporate into thin air once the crime is solved. Then everything returns to near normal. Walt and his family and friends gather together, like other group could, in respect , admiration, and love for one another. Nothing being said, because nothing needs to said. But sharing the depth of true friendship and respect. To heal, to support, and just be there for one another, until the next investigation begins, when they will all once again, with undying loyalty and respect for one another, support Walt again.
If you have not read any of Crain Johnson's books about Walt Longmire, I strongly recommend you give it a try. Start with his first book "Cold Dish", not that it is necessary because you can read any of his works in any order you like. But the first book is good and you get to meet the menagerie of characters and get to know them all like the true friends they are with each intriguing story.
not Johnsons strongest work
Predictable Longmire fare, with a setup towards another run-in with international criminals.
This series seems to be going the way of Martin Walker's Bruno series, that's not a good thing.
I have been a fan of this series from the beginning. This book just was not good for me. I only made it about 20% and turned it back.
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