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As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire #8)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  3,756 ratings  ·  396 reviews
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 ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Viking Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Michael
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
Harry
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 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....

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Amy Sturgis
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
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Eric
Jan 17, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathy Davie
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
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LJ
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
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Chris
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
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah marked it as to-read

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

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Keith
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
Trish
Longmire seems less like a western sheriff and more like some generalized representation of Justice in this latest in the series. He calms wild fillies (Sheriff Lolo Long), handles wild dogs (Rez Dog), and doesn't pull his revolver when people (Clarence, Lonnie, Artie, Herbert) threaten him. He stays when he should go, and tries to talk his way to truth and safety. And so he does.

His daughter Katy weds, dressed in white buckskin. Longmire describes the scene for us: the scent of cedar, wild sage
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Kyle
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
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Mark Stevens
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
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David
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Kathleen Hagen
As the Crow Flies, byCraig Johnson, A. Narrated by George Guidall, Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com.

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-
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Caitlin
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
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Mary
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
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Lynne Perednia
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
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Susan
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
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Zakariah Johnson
**Spoiler Alert**
Another great installment in a great series, "As the Crow Flies" adds more depth to minor characters from earlier books, especially local Rez arms dealer Artie Small Song and recently-elected chief Lonnie Little Bird, one of my favorites from the supporting cast (yes, it is so.)

The Indian spirituality that's been a hallmark of the series is deeply explored here, with Walt being wise enough to take wisdom where it's offered while never pretending to be other than he's not (no sil
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Karl
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.
Viccy
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
Jennifer
Jun 27, 2013 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Shomeret
I've only read the first two in this series, but jumped to the most recent one because it sounded more interesting than the third in the series. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the Native American cultural content and there were some touching moments.

I have to say that this is the first time that I was not annoyed by Lonnie Little Bird's verbal tic "Um hmm yes, it is so." I guess it grew on me. I found that I was saying to myself at moments when characters weren't telling the truth "Um hmm yes
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Stacy
After Hell is Empty, this book just couldn't quite compare. Overall, it was a good story, and all the Longmire books are a fun read. And, it was great to spend time with Henry again (since Hell is Empty was pretty much all Walt). The peyote scene was interesting, but felt like it was cut short. It just didn't quite have the power and wasn't as compelling and interesting as other Longmire books. I found Lolo Long to be a bit annoying and she just felt like a weak substitute for Vic. Just not quit ...more
Oceana2602
You stole my feminism, Mr Johnson! Give it back

Oh, okay, you might as well keep it. It was never that convincing in the first place.

*admits defeat*


Book 8, and I still marvel at the way Johnson brings so much action, well-written, believable, so-real-you-can-feel-the-dust-on-your-face action into a series that is written entirely in first person POV.

It's no wonder that this was turned into a tv show. Just reading it is basically like watching a movie, that's how lifelike the action is.

Plus, it's
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Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "As the Crow Flies”
Author: Craig Johnson
Published By: Viking
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 4.5

Review: I truly enjoyed this rueful mystery and feel that Craig Johnson has a long and fruitful career ahead of him. His writing is not only spectacular, but the fact that this book highlighted the Native Americans so wonderfully was amazing.
The story has a little of everything not just a dreary mystery; there is a lot of humor as well. A truly delightful read!
Mike
"As The Crow Flies" by Craig Johnson, is the eighth novel in the "Walt Longmire" mystery series. The series of books (loosely) inspires the A&E TV show "Longmire."

Unlike the TV show, the books don't spend too much time on "The Rez" where the Cheyenne and Crow tribes reside.

I liked that Longmire spends almost the entire book on the reservation. It was a way to escape the familiar, yet not have to cross state lines.

We get a new foil/ally for Longmire in the gorgeous, hot-headed reservation po
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Wayland Smith
Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear are trying to finalize the location for Walt's daughter's wedding. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and when complications with the tribal council arise, they look at alternate places for the ceremony. That's when they see the woman fall to her death.

The accident/suicide starts looking like a murder, and then things get complicated. The FBI gets involved, as to tribal politics, family history, and the rookie chief of the Tribal Police, who brings a host of her ow
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Nancy
I am in a quandary when it comes to Sheriff Longmire, both the books and the show are outstanding, but they have very little in common, but yet, if the television series could be as funny as these book then I would more forgiving.

Honest, it is just another day in the life of Sheriff Walt Longmire when he and Henry Standing Bear are out looking for a site for Cady’s upcoming wedding. Something catches Walt’s eye and the next thing you know, a woman is falling from the cliff. By the time that Walt
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April
In this, another great installment of the Walt Longmire series, Walt's daughter is about to get married. Since she's still in Philadelphia and he is Dad on location, he is supposed to arrange a lot of the wedding details. That would be a lot easier if he hadn't witnessed a mother holding a baby fall off a cliff...to her death. The baby survives, but is it a target? Dog stays at the hospital protecting the baby while Walt and his longstanding friend Henry Standing Bear team up with a female Nativ ...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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Walt Longmire (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Death Without Company (Walt Longmire, #2)
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire, #3)
  • Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire, #4)
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  • Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire, #6)
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