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Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire #3)

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Walt Longmire has been sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County for almost a quarter of a century and has meted out justice with charm and a high-powered sense of humor, but when Walt tags along with good friend Henry Standing Bear on a trip to Philadelphia, he's in for a shock. When a vicious attack on his daughter Cady leaves her near death, Walt discovers that she has unwit ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published March 1st 2007)
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Sep 28, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of straigh shooters
Shelves: mystery, male-lead

Although I have yet to see the A&E tv series Longmire, I’m enjoying my trot (well, okay; gallop) through the source material. Walt Longmire, county sheriff, has over twenty-five years in the field and is supervisor of a very small team of deputies. As with many books in the detective fiction, the mystery is deeply imbued with a sense of place, notably the sparsely populated and rugged landscapes of rural Wyoming. As in many mysteries, Longmire has a faithful comrade-in-arms, but instead of t
I may repeat some from previous reviews of Longmire mysteries. I read these books because Longmire is from Wyoming and I was born in Wyoming. However, if either of those things were not the case I would have stopped reading by now.

My favorite thing about the books are the characters and their relationships. That is about all I like.

In Kindness Goes Unpunished, as in previous installments, the story feels contrived and plot points are forced in many places. Because of this, most of it was extreme
Aug 31, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
I have just had a binge run on the series featuring Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire, and, comparatively speaking, I would put this one over the line into 5 star territory along with the first two of the ten, There is a high point in the trajectory of character development with this one, which compensates for the away game setting of Philadelphia taking from experiencing Walt in his home environment.

His daughter Cady is well established as a lawyer in Philadelphia and encourages him to come visit
Aug 31, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Every book in the Walt Longmire series has a line in it that makes me laugh out loud, I am not going to tell you want leads up to it, but when you come across “Hi ho Creampuff” I dare you not to giggle audibly and have those around you turn their heads in wonder.

Walt and Henry Standing Bear, also referred to as the Cherokee Nation, head to Philadelphia for an opening at the museum of an exhibit displaying Henry’s Native American photographs. Not all goes as planned when Cady, Walt’s daughter - t
Wart Hill

it was worn out with love, and maybe that's the best kind of worn out there is. ... Maybe there really isn't any such thing as mortality; that life simply wears us out with love.

I love Walt Longmire.
Jan 11, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012

The so far horseless western show moves from Absaroka County, Wyoming to the asphalt jungle of Philadelphia in this third Walt Longmire book. Actually, it's kind of a funny story that the first wild horse ride of the series will take place on the Eastern Seaboard. The sheriff is coming to meet his daughter's fiance and is accompanied on the trip by his old friend Henry Standing Bear, with his vintage muscle car and his art collection of old Reservation photos. Things go pear shaped rather fast,
3 stars - It was good.

Another book of great Longmire fun, though not without a few issues. I absolutely adore the characters of Longmire and Henry Standing Bear and when the two of them come together on a page, it is literary magic. Lots of LOL moments in this one and the mystery kept my attention. A unique trait that this book had over the first two installments was that it takes place in Philadelphia which provided for great contrasting of the city vs country life.

I really hated to see the tur
Kathy Davie
Feb 20, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, homey
Third in the Walt Longmire mystery series about a cowboy sheriff and his friends and coworkers. Only this one takes place on a visit to see his daughter in Philadelphia.

My Take
Whew. This was another good one! Seriously, do not miss this installment. There is so much happening in this wonderfully homey story!

For all that it takes place off Walt's usual stomping grounds, he's still a cop and understands their ways. And it's a pleasant switch from the usual territoriality of cops who don't want som
Oct 02, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends in Philly!
Recommended to Jennifer by: Craig Johnson
Shelves: read-2012
Though I loved the first two books in the Walt Longmire series, this one was even better. Walt and his old friend, Henry Standing Bear, have road-tripped to Philadelphia. Henry is speaking at a gallery opening of his photographs but Walt plans to spend time with his daughter, Cady--a lawyer working in a high-powered law firm. Walt and Henry aren't in the City of Brotherly Love for more than 24 hours when tragedy strikes. Cady is brutally attacked and found near the steps of a local museum. As Ca ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the western and police genre
The third installment of Longmire bookseries.

I always loved the movies in which a cowboy sheriff/policeman ends up in the big city [Clint Eastwood & John Wayne; Do not forget the MccLoud TV sewries with Dennis Weaver, when does that one become available on dvd/bd] and does everything the western way and they actually manage to do thing better than the "civilized" police.

Anyhow Longmire and his indian best friend Henry go to Philadelphia, and to organise an exhibition on Indian history. Wal
♪ Kim
Jun 14, 2016 ♪ Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
I'm in love with Walt Longmire...
May 13, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, series
I'm becoming a huge fan of the Walt Longmire Mystery Series. The mysteries are entertaining, not horribly violent, have lots of action and are darn right fun. What is bound to keep me coming back is the strong characterization.

Walt Longmire has been Sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County for almost twenty-five years and has seen his share of the good and the bad. This provides lots of fodder for a complex man, one I am getting to know as the series progresses. Vic, his tough cop deputy and his lo
Feb 18, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, detective, 2013
Walt Longmire, Wyoming's Absaroka County Sheriff, is visiting his daughter in Philadelphia, killing two birds with one stone as he keeps his best friend Henry Standing Bear company setting up a cultural exhibition. Dog comes too. Walt has hardly had time to raid the freezer for a few bottles of Yuengling before he gets the news that his daughter has been in an incident that leaves her with a serious head injury. Investigating the incident seems to trigger a chain reaction of violence and dead bo ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Walt Longmire
This book should be sub-titled and/or stamped with the warning: "Walt Longmire goes to Philadelphia." While it was still well written, and had a decent enough mystery, it was missing the charm of Absaroka County, Wyoming, and the supporting characters that live there. Also, the behavior of the Moretti family -- the mother, the father, and the sons -- neared parody at various points in the story.

I am still very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series -- Another Man's Moccasins
Mary Drew
Jul 29, 2012 Mary Drew rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery
I read this in half a day (and the other half of the day I read "The Girls from Ames" by Jeffrey Zaslow - it was a good day for reading).

Walt Longmire has sex with (SPOILER DELETED)? NOOOOOOO! Walt Longmire is an old fart. For one thing, his name is Walt. I believe the author is regretting making Sheriff Longmire as old as he did in the first book and is trying to make him younger and "hot." Rats.

Oh well, most of the things I like about the series were still in this book, although it is not as f
Steve Scott
Jun 30, 2013 Steve Scott rated it really liked it
I like Johnson's books.

He borrows on a formula established by Robert B. Parker (Spenser series). Like Parker's Spenser, Walt Longmire is a sensitive detective with a cultured minority side-kick who is, like the protagonist, a weapon of death and destruction. Johnson does a good job of developing characters throughout the book.

Criticisms of him resorting to stereotypes are well-founded. In this book, Victoria Moretti's family eats virtually nothing but Italian food, apparently. They're also very
May 16, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
In KINDNESS GOES UNPUNISHED, the third book from Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, Walt and Henry Standing Bear are traveling to Philadelphia. Henry is going to display his photo collection in an art show and Walt goes along to visit his daughter, Cady. Before Walt even sees Cady in Philadephia, she is viciously attacked and left for dead. While Walt and his friends rotate a vigil watching over Cady in the hospital, the investigation into who harmed Cady and why ensues. Despite being a "stra ...more
When Walt and Henry Standing Bear take a road trip to see Cady, Walt's daughter, things don't quite go as planned. Cady is attacked Walt's first night in town and ends up in a coma. Walt works with the local police to find out who attacked Cady and why. And, of course, since they are in Vic's hometown of Philadelphia, we get to meet her family which was an eye-opening experience for everyone.

Yep, you are correct. I gave another Longmire mystery 5-stars. The storyline is superb. Although, I will
Bruce Snell
Aug 18, 2012 Bruce Snell rated it really liked it
Book number Three in the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Walt accompanies Henry Standing Bear to Philadelphia where Henry is putting on an exhibition of photographs of the Cheyenne and Lakota from Wyoming from years past. While he is visiting Philadelphia, Walt is planning to visit his daughter and meet her current boyfriend. The problem with that plan is that on Walt's first day in town, his daughter is attacked and hospitalized, and a short time later the boyfriend is murdered. Walt bec ...more
May 13, 2013 Harry rated it it was amazing

Well, in my previous review, I did say I wanted to know more about Cady. LOL. This is the best so far...with Walt traveling to Philly to spend some time with his daughter. The urban scenes colored by Walt's world are tantalizing and come alive unlike any other urban novel I've read...brilliant book!


Craig Johnson has written nine novels in his Walt Longmire series. Formerly a police officer; he has also worked as a educator
Nov 29, 2015 Francis rated it really liked it
I have a place in my heart for western mysteries. Hillerman, Doss, Bowen, Havill and Johnson have all been favorites of mine. So was nice to return to northern Wyoming, smell the mountain air, the sage brush, see the mountain and smell the mesquite and pine tree's. Nice to say Howdy and nice to call a law man sheriff. Something warm hearted bout saying sheriff not at all ominous or threatening like Detective or Inspector.

Anyway I'm having a great old time, resting in my comfortable chair,
Jamie Collins
In which Walt and Henry (and Dog) travel to Philadelphia, where Henry will speak at the opening of a museum exhibit and Walt plans to visit his daughter the lawyer and dreads meeting her new boyfriend. Except that daughter Cady is attacked and gravely injured, and Walt spends the book trying to figure out whodunnit.

I liked the fish-out-of-water story: the cowboy and the Indian in the big city. I liked meeting Vic’s cop family, particularly her mother, and in consequence I really did not care for
Benjamin Thomas
The third Walt Longmire book is another excellent read and proves (just in case there was any doubt) that this series is no fluke and Craig Johnson deserves to be in the top tier of mystery authors. I think this may be my favorite so far, as evidenced by my reading it over the course of just two days.

The story this time moves east to the city of Philadelphia, and away from the rugged Absaroka County, Wyoming. Walt accompanies his friend Henry Standing Bear to attend a gallery opening of Henry’s
Mar 01, 2014 Eric_W rated it liked it
This book, #3 in the Longmire series, has a marvelous first sentence: “ I should have brought my gun.” Gradually, it’s revealed that he’s reading a Grimm’s Fairy Tale to some first graders. “My dad thinks you’re a butthole,” chimes in one. “You shoulda brought your gun,” says another.

Walt and Henry (and Dog) travel to Philadelphia to meet Walt’s daughter Kate’s boyfriend and his family. Since Vic is also from Philadelphia, Walt uses the opportunity to visit with her mother. Henry is participati
KINDNESS GOES UNPUNISHED (Police Procedural-Philadelphia-Cont) – VG
Johnson, Craig – 3rd in series
Viking, 2007- US Hardcover – ISBN: 978-670031573
First Sentence: I didn’t wear my gun.
*** Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire joins his friend Henry Standing Bear on a trip to Philadelphia for Henry’s photographic exhibit at the museum and for Walt to visit his daughter, Cady, and meet her boyfriend. Cady is attacked and near death and the boyfriend’s wealthy parents are giving him an alibi. Cady’s boyfrien
Amy Sturgis
Feb 28, 2014 Amy Sturgis rated it really liked it
I leaned forward with my elbows on my knees and her book in my hands. Like a lot of things in my life, I’d just about worn it out, but it was worn out with love, and that’s the best kind of worn-out there is. Maybe we’re like all those used cars, broken hand tools, articles of clothing, scratched record albums, and dog-eared books. Maybe there really isn’t any such thing as mortality; that life simply wears us out with love. - Kindness Goes Unpunished

This is another very satisfying book in the W
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
This was my favorite so far, they just get better and better.
I'm a real sucker for the whole Daddy's little girl thing and I got a bit of it in this one. Walt was breaking my heart. Working the case, sitting by his daughter's hospital bed, navigating the weirdness that was the Moretti family as well the other shady or just less-than-honest characters made for a fairly fast-paced read.
"I though about how I wished there was somewhere I could go and just pay the fine and take my daughter home."
Jun 12, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Road Trip!...Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear go to Philly to visit Walt's daughter Cady & meet a new man in her life...When Cady is attacked & her new man killed Walt and his Absaroka crew do some "big city" one does "self-analysis" of one's humanity like Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire, both the light-hearted and the darkest we have to offer...I'm completely hooked on the book Walt...I'm not as fond of the TV Walt...he's too dark...If some of you haven't discovere ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
This is the third adventure of Walt Longmire, a 60-ish Sherriff in Wyoming. You’ll like Walt and his lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear. There is also a very strong supporting cast including Longmire’s police force – not many - and Standing Bear’s extended family – still counting. These characters are what drive the stories – not the other way around – and are what keep me coming back to the series. I find this author’s books somewhat reminiscent of Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther series, with a lit ...more
Feb 12, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Sheriff Walt Longmire is a lawman in rural Wyoming. He's a widower, a Vietnam vet, and his best friend is an Indian; his only daughter lives in Philadelphia. This, the third of the series, finds Walt visiting Philadelphia and investigating the death of his daughter's ex-boyfriend. He is aided in his investigations by the family of his salty deputy, Vic (for Victoria) Moretti, and the family dynamics are fascinating. This was one of my Best Reads for 2007.
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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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