Not at all like Hillermans' Indian Policemen, Longmire is a completely different cup of tea, personally screwed up but apparently the worlds greatest shot-700 yards freehand-oh well the writing and character will develop and you will learn to love and understand this wild and wooly county in Wyoming.
I've been meaning to give this series a read and the first book has me hooked - am going to keep reading them. I also checked out the first episode of the tv series adaptation and it's good, too, but different as adaptations often are. I look forward to enjoying the continuing adventures of Walt Longmire in print and on tv.
Having seen the first four seasons of the Longmire TV series, I decided to read the first Longmire book in the series. Ahem, the TV series is better, which surprised me. The author, Craig Johnson, produced dialog that is never attributed, as in "he said," "she said," or "I said." As such, who is saying what is often garbled, which led to reread passages to figure who was talking. As far as the mystery goes, it was pretty good, though I had deduced who the perpetrator was halfway through the book.
I really enjoyed watching the TV show, so I picked up this first book in the Longmire series. I must say I honestly enjoyed the book too! Especially the banter between Longmire and Standing Bear. They work so well together.
The robust characters of the land and people completely captivated me, and the TV series is just as good!
The first in the series, whose main character is Walt Longmire, a sherif in Montana. The books are a fabulous combination of western and mystery with a little humor thrown in. All the characters have a real-life quality and keep to character. And, I'm always surprised somewhere along the way.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes mysteries, westerns, or just good writing and characterization.
Oh, and I disagree that the TV series is better. It feels truncated after reading the books. And has much less depth.
I really wanted to like this book. I did my best but halfway through I gave up. Longmire's incessant smart-alec banter had little to do with the investigation. Early in the book there was a jump from one chapter to the next that made no sense, as though an intervening chapter was torn out. The TV series is much better than this book. If you want to read about a detective who solves mysteries (often with his Indian friend) take a look at the Alex McNight novels by Steve Hamilton set in the UP of Michigan.
First in the Walt Longmire series. A long ago rape by 4 teenagers resurfaces as they seem to be targeted for murder.
I enjoy this series because of the witty and sarcastic dialogue that seems easy and unforced. The characters become more real when their conversations reflect a reality.
I love all the Longmire books and was a fan of them before the TV show. I especially love the audio versions. I wrote a fan email to Craig Johnson and he graciously replied. I highly reccommend the entire series.
I heard an interview with this author on CBC a few weeks ago and became intrigued. I decided to start with the first book in the series, which is this one. The setting is Wyoming, and Walt Longmire is the local sheriff. Walt is a Vietnam vet, in his fifties, a widower with a daughter who has moved away. He is a bit stuck in his grief since his wife died two years ago. His friends are trying to get him to move on, to finish the house his wife and him were building, and to maybe start a new relationship.
When he is notified of a man killed out in a field he sends his deputy, but the case looks like it might be linked to a case a while back where four young white men convinced a mentally handicapped young native woman to come with them and then sexually abused her. The dead man is one of the four men.
As the case progresses, Walt must depend on his friend Henry, and Henry must depend on Walt. The two of them fight to find the truth, against nature, against deceit, and with the help of the ancients. There is an emphasis on the type of gun used to commit the crime, and one gun like this comes into Walt's possession, the Cheyenne Death Rifle, with it's own story and interesting history. There are lots of interesting characters here, including Walt's deputy a young woman previously working for the Philadelphia police. Definitely a series I'd like to read more of.
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