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As The Crow Flies (Walt Longmire #8)

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The eighth novel from theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Longmire series, the basis forLONGMIRE, the hit Netflix original series

Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn't have time for cowboys and criminals. His daughter, Cady, is getting married in two weeks, and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals. Fe
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Viking (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 13, 2015 Carol. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Longmire fans, Western mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, male-lead

Mystery writers seem particularly drawn to serialize their creations. Perhaps because the genre allows a plot arc to be completed while building on a foundation of familiar characters and setting. However, as the series goes on the challenge becomes bringing a sense of freshness while allowing the familiar to cradle the reader in comfort. As the Crow Flies manages to capture the spirit of the Longmire tradition: the desolate Western setting, the trials of family, the work of law enforcement, and
May 24, 2015 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

After seven novels following the adventures and criminal investigations of sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka county, Wyoming, I have become more of a fanboy that a serious reviewer, glad to spend more time in company of old friends and more indulgent of the ocasional rough spot and commercial plug. Even the plots have started to take second place to the attraction of the Western setting and of the oddball characters.

As The Crow Flies can be described as a typical Longmire book, not because it i
Sep 01, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
The ride with this series featuring Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire stays strong and varied, a pleasure I can’t resist. While scouting an outdoor location for the upcoming wedding of his daughter Cady, he and his best friend Henry Standing Bear are at the scene of a fatal plunge of a young Crow woman off a cliff. Walt’s dog Dog discovers her baby, miraculously unhurt by the fall. The case is out of Walt’s jurisdiction, but the new Tribal Police Chief, an inexperienced woman recently returned from ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Harry rated it really liked it
Book Review:

Sadly, I've reached the end of my rope (well, until June 4th when The Serpent's Tooth comes out). It's probably time to take a breather from this excellent series.

But...wait! I do believe it's time to crank up Netflix and check out Longmire's Season 1. Holy's available for downstreaming. Love the idea of finally seeing the characters and settings dramatized for television. Ok, ok...looks like I'll crank up a few shows this evening. More on that later....

Amy Sturgis
Jun 08, 2014 Amy Sturgis rated it really liked it
This eighth novel in Craig Johnson's Longmire series hinges on the themes of family and transition. As Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear are scouting out a possible alternative scenic spot for the upcoming wedding of Walt's daughter (and Henry's goddaughter) Cady, they witness a Cheyenne woman plunge to her death over a cliff -- and discover that the young infant she had held in her arms survived the terrible fall.

Thus begins a story of guilt, responsibility, and familial ties. Cady comes to
Jan 17, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Walt Longmire
Coming after Hell Is Empty, the previous book in the Walt Longmire Mysteries series, this book is a bit of a let down. But that is not much of a knock, as that book was near perfect.

In this one, sheriff Longmire is preparing -- poorly -- for his daughter's impending wedding and out-of-town in-laws arrival, when he and Henry Standing Bear witness a woman fall off a cliff and die. The death occurring on Rez land leads to confrontations with new tribal police chief Lolo Long, a peyote ceremony with
First Sentence: “I wanna know what Katrina Walks Nice did to get kicked out of a joint like this for sixty-one days.”

Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear witness a young woman falling from a cliff, but the Sheriff’s dog, Dog, finds a baby fell with her and is, remarkably, still alive. Was it suicide, an accident or murder? Who is the baby’s father? The event happened outside Longmire’s territory and must work with the new, inexperienced, tribal police chief, a female veteran of the war
Nov 19, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
There are so many crazy things going on in our world and sometimes a little thing in a book can make you think about important, real world issues. As The Crow Flies is the 8th book in the Longmire series. When I start a Craig Johnson novel, I love to read the acknowledgements and foreword. In this one, Johnson talks about the fact that people ask him if he catches grief for using the word "Indian" instead of "Native American". Here is his response: "Most of my interaction has been with members o ...more
Mark Stevens
Jul 30, 2012 Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing
Craig Johnson and Tony Hillerman are equals. The plots, the humor, the touch, the Western landscapes, the intelligence, the fascinating interactions across cultural boundaries.

Longmire, in Johnson’s own words, is “courageous, quiet, humble and kind.” Longmire approaches situations open to every possibility, including the remote chance he’s been wrong all along.

Longmire seems like a model leader to me, but it’s nothing he’s learned in school. His Vietnam experiences might have framed him, but h
Kathy Davie
Jul 10, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Eighth in the Walt Longmire mystery series revolving around the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming.

This was an Indie Next Pick.

My Take
I loved it. Hey, it's a Craig Johnson, how can I not love it?! However, there were some anomalies in this. The wedding is the big one. Johnson makes a big deal about all the work needed to plan Cady's wedding, and yet he doesn't give us the idea that Walt's done much, although it sounds as though the rest of the town has been pitching in and doing a fine job of
Jul 09, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
Longmire ingests peyote and has his visions related to a case he's on but he's really not on. As usual Longmire stumbles into an incident while surveying sites for his daughter's wedding. He witnesses a woman plunge to her death off a scenic cliff. Johnson introduces a new character, a woman Indian police chief and former Iraq War veteran-Lolo, who has a chip on her shoulder. Lots of interesting and funny exchanges between the two in a relationship going from being arrested to mentorhood. But th ...more
Steven Montano
Apr 09, 2015 Steven Montano rated it it was amazing
Another terrific Longmire read!

Walt is a bit out of his element in more ways than one in this installment. While he and Henry are scouting locations for his daughter's wedding, our intrepid Sheriff witnesses a mysterious death on "The Rez". Before long he and Henry are assisting (or hindering) the Native Chief of Police, and if Walt can survive teaching her how to do her job, locking horns with old friends in the FBI and run-ins with local criminals, he still has the wrath of his daughter to wor
Jun 27, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Walt, Henry, and peyote
Recommended to Jennifer by: Craig Johnson
I've been waiting to read this 8th installment of the Longmire series and it didn't disappoint. Walt and his friend, Henry, are scouting out places on the nearby Cheyenne reservation for his daughter, Cady's, wedding. When they witness the death of a young woman who falls off a cliff with a baby in her arms, wedding planning takes a back seat to the resulting murder investigation. Since the murder takes place on reservation land, the new tribal police chief, Lolo Long, is the primary and Walt se ...more
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Walt gets shanghaied into a murder investigation on the Reservation in this New York Times bestseller from the author of The Cold Dish and Hell Is Empty, the most recent novel in the Walt Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series

Fans of Robert B. Parker will love this eighth adventure in the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Walt Longmire mystery series. Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire has a more important matter on his mind than c

Apr 24, 2014 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many pleasures of reading fiction is discovering new titles, new styles and new writers (at least new to me). Recently, while in Tucson, I attended an authors discussion group where the topic was: the importance of “place” in a novel. One of the authors was Craig Johnson, a tall, middle-aged westerner, wearing a Stetson hat and cowboy boots. I didn't realize at the time that he was a popular western writer with a wide following of his Walt Longmire Mystery series, so I decided I'd bet ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
...trying to remember when I'd last prayed for anything. My mind went back to the spring before last, and a time in Philadelphia when I'd sat in a hospital at my daughter's side. I'd prayed then-like a theological car salesman, I'd made deals, counterdeals, and threatened the very heavens themselves if they didn't release my daughter from the swollen solitary confinement to which a terrible accident had sentenced her.

After the high o
Aug 06, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Longmire Saga. A high point in this book was Walt Longmire participating in a Piote ceremony out in the desert. Note. These Longmire books do not necessarily need to be read in order. There is enough background offered by Mr. Johnson to allow the overall story arc to not interfere with the specific volume.

A most enjoyable read. Recommended to those who do or do not watch the television series.
Dick Reynolds
Nov 09, 2015 Dick Reynolds rated it liked it
Cady’s getting married and that’s a problem because the wedding site she wants is not available. Henry Standing Bear, who promised Cady that he’d take care of it, has enlisted Sheriff Walt Longmire to find a suitable alternate location for his daughter’s wedding.
Unfortunately, while scouting a promising site, Henry and Walt are witness to a Crow indian woman plunging to her death from a high cliff. Was it suicide? Was she pushed? Or was it a tragic accidental fall? (I’m going to forgive autho
Oct 02, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Walt Longmire's daughter is getting married – but where … one choice of sites is marred when Walt and Henry Standing Bear witness a young local woman fall to her death during their scouting trip. Forget the wedding plans – what happened, or more importantly, who did it?

“Longmire” fan favorite Vic Moretti pretty much takes this novel off, but the void left by her absence is filled by new tribal police chief Lolo Long. (These women are WAY too much alike to get along … now watch author Craig John
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Every time I pick up a book in the Walt Longmire series, I'm transported across the country and into the story. It's like visiting close friends and participating in a murder investigation without leaving home. The story is always exciting and fun, yet I'm guaranteed a tug on the heart strings. In this installment, Walt and Henry are search for an alternative wedding venue for Cady after a tribal workshop takes over her preferred destination. While checking out an area at the base of Painted War ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Kyle rated it liked it
I consider myself a faithful Walt Longmire reader. For me the greatest strength in reading a Walt Longmire story is that Craig Johnson does an excellent job of making you feel that you are right there with the characters and are a actual witness to everyting going on. When Walt strolls down to the cafe for a cup of coffee, you are sitting down in the same booth across from him, sipping hot coffee with him.

This wasn't lost in this story and it was great to have so much interaction between Henry a
Sep 02, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
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Well we’ve finally reached the book in which Walt Longmire’s daughter, Katie will be married. This book is the best one of this series in a long time, to my mind. Lots of Henry Standing Bear and Walt Longmire together-always priceless. Katie getting ready for her wedding with her future mother-in-law in tow. A new character, a Crow Indian Chief of Police for the reservation-
Aug 19, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
For anyone who's watched Longmire on A&E, this is a reminder that it's based on the awesome series of Longmire books written by Craig Johnson. I have a weakness for Westerns, although it's terribly difficult to satiate it with books. I just don't like many Westerns that I read. I adore old cowboy movies of all kinds, but the books just aren't the same. The Longmire series neatly solves that puzzle - both in books and on television.

As the Crow Flies is the latest in the series and where the l
Sep 24, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mmm-2012
Stayed up way too late last night reading this, but I cannot get enough of this series. If you've not been reading Craig Johnson's fine, fine writing, go now and do so.

Last year, I got a little burned out on reading mysteries in general, until I picked up The Cold Dish, first in the series, and I re-discovered exactly why a great story and great characters will cause you to spend all night reading when you should be sleeping.

The humor, the twisty little plots, and excellent characterizations are
Craig Johnson's "As the Crow Flies" is a penetrating story of life on an Indian reservation and nearby surroundings. Poverty and desolation are seen at every level.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is in the midst of planning for his daughter's wedding and looking for a spot for the wedding since the original location was closed because of Indian affairs. He's with his friend Henry Standing Bear when a young woman falls to her death from a nearby cliff. Luckily, her infant survives.

Each character is finely
Lynne Perednia
Jan 10, 2013 Lynne Perednia rated it liked it
Walt Longmire has survived desperate situations before, but this could be the most dire. His daughter is getting married, and he and Henry Standing Bear have been assigned some of the preparations. When the pair witness a murder while looking for a wedding site in Montana, Longmire doesn't exactly complain about being drawn into the investigation.

The victim is a young Cheyenne woman. She was shielding her baby when she went over a cliff. The child improbably survives with only a few bruises, and
Feb 09, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Stay calm, have courage and wait for signs.

Sheriff Walt Longmire and Henry are in Montana looking at venues for Walt's daughters wedding when they see a young woman fall off of a cliff. The investigation is on. Walt is out of his jurisdiction but the chief of police for the area is new to her position and after a rough start adopts Walt as her advisor/mentor. This story goes around and around in circles. Vic (Walt's Under Sheriff), is holding down the fort back in Wyoming, so is not a big part
Jan 08, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it
A young Indian woman plunges over the side of a cliff, her young son cradled in her arms, while Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear scout out the area below as a possible wedding site for Walt's daughter, Cady. This tragic event spurs an investigation that leads in multiple directions and involves a number of suspects. Expect the usual blend of humor, human interest, and occasional violence.
I liked this book. I like the characters and I like the setting of Montana. This is #8 in the Longmire series; Walt and Henry Standing Beat are bay planning Cady's wedding and get pulled into a murder investigation on the Northern Cheyenne reservation when they witness a young woman fall off a cliff. They discover she was holding a baby on her arms, who survives the fall. The new tribal police chief has her hands full trying to chase Dow the suspects, so Walt offers to help. More murders ensue w ...more
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American novelist and playwright. He lives in Ucross, near Sheridan, Wyoming, population 25.

Johnson has written nine novels featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire: The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man's Moccasins, Junkyard Dogs, The Dark Horse (which received starred reviews from
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