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Death Without Company (Walt Longmire #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,587 Ratings  ·  872 Reviews
Walt investigates a death by poison in this gripping novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cold Dish and Dry Bones, the second in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit Netflix original seriesFans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Cro ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published March 16th 2006)
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Susy See the last few paragraphs at the end of Chapter 4. They are the autopsy pictures that the ME took of Mari Baroja that Walt didn't want to look at.
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 20, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”A life without friends means death without company. (Adiskidegabeco bizita, auzogabeko heriotza.)”--Basque Proverb.

One thing that Walt Longmire will never be short of are friends. He also will never have to look far to find an enemy either, but when your bestfriend is a Cheyenne warrior named Henry Standing Bear, tested in the killing fields of Vietnam, you are never in more trouble than the two of you can't climb out of. ”It was three against two, but I had the Indian and that always evened th
Aug 09, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michael by: Harry
I was overjoyed with this introduction to the mystery series featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire in northern Wyoming (I couldn’t nab the first, “Cold Dish”). Johnson played all my emotions like a talented pianist, from heartbreak to hilarity. Wrung me of awe and concern for a hero of mythic stature, but one who comes off humble and sincere like the dad you wish you had. And evoked so well the setting and human values of rural life in the high plains near the Bighorn Mountains, where the dangers of w ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robert-s-reads
I’d never heard of Craig Johnson before I attended Left Coast Crime 2011 in Santa Fe, NM. Let me say it was more than just a minor oversight on my part: it was probably a borderline tragedy. During a Sunday morning panel titled "Crime Fiction on Big and Little Screens," he spoke about the Longmire series in production with A&E, and I was intrigued from when he first opened his mouth to the end of the discussion. To entice us to stick around and thank us for showing up on Sunday, cards for a ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Barr, weatherbeaten sheriffs, dry humor, good characters
Recommended to Carol. by: Jeffrey Keeten
Walt Longmire is sheriff of the least populated county in one of the least populated states, or so he likes to remind us. The population is so small, in fact, he has Deputy Vic hunting up talis jurors (bystander) at the grocery store before a blizzard is due. He’s about to head home when he gets a call from Lucian, prior sheriff and now terror of the Durant Home for Assisted Living. A resident has died and Lucian wants the room sealed and an autopsy on the deceased. When Walt questions why, Luci ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western, mystery
I have so much I want to say about this book! Since there are many, many summaries out there I'm going to skip over that part and go straight to my impressions.

I'm a fan of the Longmire series on A&E but I had never thought of reading the books until I was told by a friend that it would give me much better insight into the series. She also cautioned that although the television series is based on the books, I should keep them separate as I was reading.
I found this to be very true as I read,
Mar 23, 2011 Rae rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Sheriff Walt Longmire tackles the murder of a Basque woman and all the convolutions that follow from it. This second book in the series is stronger than the first. Johnson continues to "grow" the characters that inhabit his world. And the Wyoming setting with its idiosyncrasies and uncertain weather is absolutely a crucial part of the series as well.

Describing his swearing deputy: recently divorced deputy, a beautiful, intelligent woman with a body like Salome and a mouth like a saltwater
Nov 13, 2012 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012

I know what I want for Christmas this year:
a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 y.o. Bourbon, the poison of choice for Lucian Connally:

Probably the best way to relax and enjoy another Walt Longmire adventure: sipping an aged bourbon, seated in a comfy armchair by the fire while outside a winter night is settling down for a bit of snow. An appropriate image for this second installment by Craig Johnson, set around Christmas time in Absaroka County, a couple of months after the events d
Jan 21, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the modern western
Shelves: thriller, western, 2016
And so I just read Walt Longmire's second story which takes place a few weeks after the first book ended, and sheriff Longmire has still not come to terms of what happened at the end of book 1. That said you do not need to read book 1 to enjoy this installment, however it does actually enhances the enjoyment.

The books title comes from a Basque proverb "A life without friends means death without company." And it actually covers pretty much everything that happens during this story, the community
DEATH WITHOUT COMPANY (Police Procedural-Wyoming-Cont) – VG
Johnson, Craig, 2nd of series
Viking, 2006-Hardcover
Sheriff Walter Longmire receives a call from his mentor, good friend and the previous Sheriff, Lucian Connally. Lucian demands that Walt investigate the death of Mari Baroja, a fellow resident at the Durant Home for Assisted Living. Lucian and Mari were married very briefly when they were young. Now Lucian believes Mari has been murdered. The investigation uncovers greed, secrets and oth
May 04, 2013 Harry rated it really liked it

Moves a bit slower and is less of a mystery than it is a tantalizing hunting party for the bad guy. Want to know more about Cady...but I'm sure that's coming.


Craig Johnson has written nine novels in his Walt Longmire series. Formerly a police officer; he has also worked as a educator, cowboy and longshoreman. Awards include Tony Hillerman Award, Wyoming Historical Society Award, Wyoming Councl for the Arts Award, as well a
Aug 17, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
As hard as this is to say, considering how much I lauded the first book, this one is even better. The book was tighter and more focused (with the notable exception of a romantic sub-plot that was dropped before it could get off the ground), and the mystery was more interesting -- and it gave us insight into Walt, Henry and Lucian's pasts. I cannot wait to start reading the third book in the series, Kindness Goes Unpunished, but am purposely staggering them so I don't run through the series too q ...more
Joel Neff
Jan 26, 2014 Joel Neff rated it it was amazing
Two books into the Walt Longmire series and I'm a dedicated fan. This second novel takes the reader into the history of Walt's predecessor as Sheriff, the Basque culture of Wyoming, and a decades old mystery that is wrapped around both. It's a fascinating look at how small even wide open spaces can be. Highly recommended.
Haley  *all systems go, the sun hasn't died*
Actual rating: 1.5 stars
Last summer, I read the first book in this series (The Cold Dish) and really liked it. So, I was really disappointed with Death Without Company. In fact, Death Without Company is the first book I have actually disliked in a long time.

I did a lot of skim reading. I was bored. Reading this felt like a chore. It took me a year to read it. And that's not a good sign. At the end of it all, I just didn't care. I found that the mystery wasn't interesting enough to me.

Another th
Jul 22, 2013 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
The publisher's blurb compares Craig Johnson to Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. Parker. I have no idea what they must have been smoking when they wrote that. I have read some from each and Johnson is better. His use of language is far superior and evocative, not to mention the undercurrent of humor. Walt Longmire is someone you would really like to know; Spenser? Not me.

This is the second of the Longmire series, the third I have read. Probably not necessary to read them in order, but I h
Feb 16, 2014 Maddy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007-reads, tops
RATING: 4.75

"A life without friends means death without company." – Basque proverb

At one time, Lucian Connally was sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. His type of black-and-white justice is now part of the past. Having lost a leg along the way, he's now a resident of an assisted living community. When one of the other residents, Mari Baroja, is murdered, the current sheriff, Walt Longmire, uncovers a surprising link between the two. Mari was a member of the Basque community; when she wed Lucian
May 16, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Walt Longmire and gang return in the second book of Craig Johnson's Absaroka County series. DEATH WITHOUT COMPANY finds Walt investigating the death of Mari Baroja. Baroja's death appears to be of natural causes, but Lucien Connally insists that there is foul play in the death of his...wife? Walt begins investigating to find out that there is indeed foul play and a whole lot of money at stake; the question then becomes just how deep does this foul run?

When I finished THE COLD DISH, I recall hopi
Nov 30, 2014 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book in the Longmire series. Perhaps you can call it the origins issue, the origins of a couple of the ongoing characters from the future books, not the T.V. series.

The origins of the deputy Double Tough, of where Santiago Saizarbitoria came from, and more importantly DOG! In fact Dog takes a big crap in Vic's office.

Find out why there is no door knob on the inside of Longmire's office. and other interesting nuances of the series.

In this book, a killing occurs in Lucian Con
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

Well that was disappointing. After a stellar start to the series, this sequel fell flat for me. There was more action (yawn), less deduction, and the plot was not nearly as engaging as the last book. Vic and Henry's characters are still dependable with delivering snarky quips though, which was greatly appreciated.

Favorite Quote: A life without friends means death without company. (A Basque proverb).

First Sentence: They used
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I just love the characters Walt & Vic.
Another excellent book in the series.
Aug 04, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really liked this for what it is, a solid second entry of a series that has many fans, awards and accolades. Its popularity has notched up due to the A&E TV program Longmire. The TV program has encouraged me to get on board with the books. I'm a fan of both which in the end means I'm becoming a fan of Craig Johnson.

I'm not quite in the saddle yet having only read two but I do know there is a great deal appeal here. The interplay alone between the Sheriff, Walt Longmire and Cheyenne, Henry
Ann Schwader
Mar 16, 2014 Ann Schwader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
(Disclaimer: I am a Wyoming native, & have relatives in that part of Wyoming where this series is set. Those with fewer ties to or less interest in Wyoming might find this novel more of a four-star read -- though I doubt it. The quality is just too high.)

Craig Johnson's second "Longmire" mystery -- which appears to take place soon after the ending of his first, The Cold Dish -- is a bleak, beautiful thing. Combining the classic motive of a disputed inheritance with very modern Western detail
Laz the Sailor
Sep 22, 2013 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This story is a slow simmer all the way through, but that's a good thing. It takes quite a while before we're even sure that there is a crime, and along the way we meet some new and intriguing characters, and learn more about the core group as well.

The descriptions of the northern Wyoming a rich and detailed, and I definitely felt the cold. Somehow, the brief action scenes were almost intrusions on the more introspective tone of the rest of the book. I felt that the resolution had one too many l
Genine Franklin-Clark
Sep 10, 2013 Genine Franklin-Clark rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I discovered this series in my old age. I once would have regretted not finding it sooner, but now I realize that I appreciate it more than I would have when I was younger and it's wonderful to still be finding new delights when you're old!

The ONLY thing I find to criticize about this book is the use of the word "staunch" rather than the correct "stanch". The language ranges from lyrical to earthy, the characters are drawn fully but with light brush strokes, the humor is as I like it
Feb 28, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 4.5 star book. This series takes place in rural Wyoming with Sheriff Walt Longmire taking the lead. I adore the characters--Deputy Vic (Victoria), Henry Standing Bear, Lucian, the whole cast. The banter between the characters is so much fun and makes them come alive on the page. Johnson is a master story teller. I LOVE these books already, and this is only the 2nd in the series. I am so glad I have more to read! The fifth book comes out this summer, and the author will be at Booked For ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Apr 11, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing
I think I may have enjoyed this one even a tad bit more than the first in the Walt Longmire series, The Cold Dish. That’s probably due to needing to devote less time to establishing the characters and leaving more time to developing the complex mystery plot. Of course there is still plenty of great character development here and really getting some good humor mixed in with the serious nature of the novel.

The story picks up a few months after the first novel ended. Christmas is soon to arrive and
Ana Maria Rînceanu
This was good, but not as good as the first. There was more action and less deduction. All the women around Walt are attractive and have the hots for him whereas Walt is undecided about anything that isn't work related. I really hope Vic gets over it and that Henry has more page time in the next book.
Feb 28, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walt Longmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka County Wyoming. He is a man who isn’t always willing to accept the easy answer. So when an elderly woman dies in a nursing home and her death is discovered to have been from poison, he is willing to explore whatever paths his investigation leads him to, even when he finds himself looking far back in time to the 1950’s. Longmire is guided by instinct as well as intellect in this western mystery that uncovers a past he had never imagined, and makes him wond ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it
This was the first Longmire mystery I've tried in audiobook format and I absolutely loved it. It was less than 10 hours but I blew through it in 3 short lost none of it's wit in the audio translation and I'm considering the possibility of just listening to the rest of the series this way.

The Longmire series is quite possibly my favorite mystery series. Not for the mysteries themselves but for the characters. I truly love each and every one of them. Rarely do I find books that consiste
Another twisty tale that started before Longmire was born, but he has to clean up the sore that has finally broken open. There's a lot of interesting history & a couple of new characters for the next book. As usual, Longmire is laconic, tough, & eventually figures it all out.

It was good, but very similar to the first in too many ways. These sort of books are always somewhat formulaic & this is better than most. I won't be in a hurry to listen to the third, though. Maybe in a few mon
Paul Wilner
Dec 30, 2015 Paul Wilner rated it really liked it
Why is genre fiction, conspicuously including this piece of the Longmire saga, is (generally) so much better than "literary'' fiction?
Somebody. Tell. Me.
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American novelist and playwright. He lives in Ucross, near Sheridan, Wyoming, population 25.

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Walt Longmire (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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