As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire #8)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 crap...it'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....
This time Henry Standing Bear and Walt Longmire are on the reservation because their place for the wedding of Longmire's daughter Cady fell through. It is enough to get them into trouble with the local new Indian police-chief. When They also see an Indian woman plummet to her death with her b ...more
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 ...more
Thus begins a story of guilt, responsibility, and familial ties. Cady comes to ...more
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 ...more
This was an Indie Next Pick.
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 ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed reading about the radio station on the Cheyenne reservation, and I liked the DJ’s ...more
Okay, I enjoyed the ride, though it was in a bumpy uncomfortable Rez Dog of a contraption rather than the perfect canter across the prairie of the last book.
I don't read these things for the puzzle. I read them for the characters and for Wyoming, which is perfectly rendered by the author. I'm disappointed, though, when I get to the resolution and (view spoiler)[I have to comb back through the story to figure out who the heck that character is. (Wait! ...who now?) Not to mention the clunky ga ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A most enjoyable read. Recommended to those who do or do not watch the television series.
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
Let me see. A super rare event occurs in this specific book. An entire Longmire book occurs and . ...more
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 hig ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As the Crow Flies is the latest in the series and where the l ...more
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 ...more
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Craig Johnson an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. . He lives in Ucross, near Sheridan, Wyoming, population 25.
Johnson has written twelve novels featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire: The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man's Moccasins, Junkyard Dogs, The Dark ...more