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The Cold Dish

(Walt Longmire #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  31,681 ratings  ·  3,766 reviews
Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, knows he's got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces one of the more volatile and challenging cases in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see t ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published December 29th 2004)
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Nancy I LOVE the books because Longmire and Henry's relationship is so much deeper and more meaningful with the time available in a book. Walt is more intel…moreI LOVE the books because Longmire and Henry's relationship is so much deeper and more meaningful with the time available in a book. Walt is more intelligent and humorous as well. To me, the two series are very different in many of the same ways that the Dexter series was in print and on screen. Both have their place, but I have come to think of them as two totally different stories.(less)
Linda Diabetes. It was another character, Lucian, who was shot and they amputated one leg. Lonnie had diabetes.

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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"On the afternoon of June 25th, 1876, as the heat waves rolled from the buffalo grass, giving the impression of a breeze that did not exist, Colonel George Armstrong Custer and five companies of the Seventh Cavalry rode into the valley of the Little Big Horn. Also that afternoon, Davey Force, a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, went six for six against Chicago, who scored four runs in the ninth to pull out a 14 to 13 victory. Custer was not so lucky."

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Sheriff Walt Long
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, detective, western
Solid narrative with guts!

This is the first novel in the “Longmire Mysteries” book series.


I have watched the TV adaptation of Longmire since its beginning.

I decided to watch it since it has three cast members that I was familiarized and I like to watch them to perform:

-Katee Sackhoff, from Battlestar Galactica (the re-imagined TV series) and she was honestly my main reason to watch this TV series. She plays “Deputy Victoria (Vic) Moretti”.

But I didn’t mind to find too…

Dan Schwent
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Two years ago, four boys were put on trial for raping a Cheyenne girl. When one of them winds up dead, sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself in the middle of murder investigation. Plenty of people had cause for wanting Cody Prichard dead but who had the guts to do the deed? And are his three compadres next on the hit list?

In my never-ending quest to sample what series crime fiction has to offer, I decided to give The Cold Dish a try. After all, A&E wouldn't make a crime series about a dud, would t
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Walt Longmire is just wanting to finish out his term as sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka county in peace and quiet. That of course does not happen. Young Cody Pritchard is found shot and dumped in with a local farmer's sheep.
Don't feel bad for Cody though, he and his buddies violently raped a young Cheyenne girl. They got suspended sentences.
Now someone is seeking justice for that crime.

Walt Longmire is that type of character that grabs my fickle attention. Overweight, depressed, likes drinking.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I watched the Longmire Series when it was on TV and enjoyed it very much. A GR friend recommended reading the books so I started with the first, The Cold Dish written back in 2006.

This is one of those warm and friendly type of books. A nice change to a murder mystery with a western backdrop taking place in a small town in Wyoming. Walt Longmire, sheriff for 24 years, widowed, gives us a wonderful description of the beautiful country seen thru his eyes. His friendship with Henry Standing Bear an
James Thane
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is the first book in Craig Johnson's long-running series featuring Walt Longmire, the middle-aged sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming. The books, in turn, would later inspire the television program that was named for the sheriff.

This book opens with the shooting death of a young man named Cody Pritchard. It's possible that Pritchard's death was the result of a hunting accident, but it soon appears that it was actually an act of deliberate homicide.

The list of suspects is unusually long.
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
He was drinking a ginger ale and leafing through a stack of police supply catalogs. I guess she figured we have him chained up in the basement. I asked her about Jim, and she said that he was hunting down in Nebraska with some friends; geese, she said. There was a hesitancy in the way she said it that led me to believe there was something more there. So I used one of my age-old cop tricks and asked her if there was anything else she wanted to tell me. She used one of the age-old mother tricks an ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, favorites
I don't think I've been this enthusiastic about a new author since discovering Dick Francis. It's not a question of Nobel or Booker Prize material, or of changing my outlook on life. It's just that I discovered something that fits me like a glove, the equivalent of a joyride - makes me feel good, makes me feel smart for figuring out the main suspect before the last page, a bit of adrenaline rush and a lot of snarky humor. Most of all it's about the characters, oddballs and loners most of t
Sep 06, 2014 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: many of you! Thanks!

I knew in the first four pages that I was going to enjoy this book.

It begins with Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming, sitting in his office, watching the geese fly south. Ruby, dispatcher/receptionist, interrupts his musings to tell him he has a call from Bob Barnes, who wants to report a dead body he discovered when he and his son went to collect their sheep.
“She leaned against the doorjamb and went to shorthand, ‘Bob Barnes, dead body, line one.’
I looked at the blinking red ligh
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Becky by: Chris
A group of friends and I have something that we like to call Forced Book Reads, where we each choose a book and make the whole gang read it. (Or at least they have to if they want the others to read THEIR book.) For my selection, I went with Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, and now it's my friend Chris's turn, and he chose this.

I would like to state for the record at this point that, as a whole, I did like this book. However, pretty early on, I noticed some nitpicky little things that started to bot
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surprise! Surprise! Yep, books can still surprise me.

Recently I saw a trailer on A&E plugging the debut of TheWalt Longmire Mystery series coming to tv with the first to be aired last Sunday. I have heard wonderful things about theis award winning series but had never read one myself. Time to turn the pages!

The Walt Longmire series begins with The Cold Dish and it seemed appropriate to start right at the beginning. I knew they took place in Absaroka County,Wyoming and had that sort of western,
Mike Schneider
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When starting this book as a result of my daughter's recommendation, I didn't think a murder mystery set in sparsely-populated Wyoming would hold my attention. When finished, I realized this was one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year, I marveled at how well-written it was, and I wondered how Craig Johnson's books had heretofore escaped my attention. This is the first of a series and I'm definitely looking forward to the remainder of the series. Johnson has created several intriguing ...more
Karin Slaughter
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this because I really love the TV show, but it spoiled a lot of things on the show for me, so then I decided to not read any more. So, if there was no TV show, I would read all of them. Does that make me a bad person? Or am I just an awesome TV watcher?
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was perfect delight to me. It has satisfying drama, engaging characters, and evocation of place. Often the first in a series is a bit awkward, but this one hit on all cylinders for me right out the gate.

Walt Longmire, the 50-something sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County in northern Wyoming, gets a case of a young man shot by a large caliber gun likely to be an antique buffalo rifle. It turns out the victim was one of a set of youths convicted a couple of years earlier of the rape of a
Lance Charnes
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of traditional whodunits, North American league
Craig Johnson’s The Cold Dish introduces Walt Longmire, long-time sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. If Walt’s name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because he has a TV show named for him (Longmire, on Netflix). Some elements of The Cold Dish made it into the pilot episode, while the rest filled out the first season’s climax. I was drawn to this book by the series, as I suspect others before me have been.

That may have been a problem.

The titular “cold dish” is revenge, which drives t
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Longmire the TV show
Revenge is a dish best served cold, Historians are not sure where the saying originated, but it means that revenge is best served not fresh after the insult occurred, but after enough time has passed so that the target won't see it coming.

I did seek out this book simply because I really liked Longmire the TV series that was based upon the book series as written by Craig Johnson. And to be fairly honest the book did more than satisfy my curiosity.
The actual story starts several years before this
Mike (the Paladin)
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Walt Longmire is the long time sheriff of Absaroka County. This is the first book in the series of his....what, adventures, escapades, life events?

I'm giving this book (after consideration) four(4) stars though it's a low 4. If we had the much lamented half star system it would be 3.5. For at least the first third of the book whether I'd finish it or not was in doubt. Then it (finally) settles down and tells it's story. ready for Walt's internal struggles, his angst, his loss, his new re
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mission Complete. I have now read all twelve Longmire books (in reverse release order).I believe I started last June, so that works out to about two of the books in the series per month.

The Cold Dish is a powerful work. It is quite understandable why it spawned a T.V. show and a series of books. Mr. Johnson is quite readable and highly entertaining. If one needed to categorize the book it would probably called a police procedural. The characters are supremely well developed and as a reader the c
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craig-johnson
I enjoyed reading this book and give it a solid 4 stars. It is the first book in the series. Walt Longmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. He has a 3 and 1/2 person department. Absaroka is not an actual County in Wyoming, but there are Absaroka mountains. I like the author's use of language, p.45"The aspen trees... were a bright butter..." He has captured the flavor of life on the high plains. He gets a call from a sheepherder who has found a body. He asks the location of the body an ...more
Kimber Silver
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, western
I love Walt Longmire. Craig Johnson has written a wonderful cast of characters. Wry, gritty and interesting, the story held my attention throughout and the ending was a surprise! Well done.
P. Lundburg
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to confess that I went into reading this after having watched the Netflix series . . . twice. So it's fair to say I'm a huge fan of the characters and the (general) story telling. Seeing a movie or series from a book can give the book-reading a great lift; but it can just as easily set it up for disappointment. Usually, I love a book more than the screen version, but this time I am a bit disappointed. Let me very quickly point out, though, that I am by no means giving up on the series. Th ...more
This is one of those books that takes you right in, sits you down by the fire, covers your lap with a blanket and hands you a drink. This story of a smart, seasoned and kind Sheriff just had me from the beginning. A fairly small town band of characters only add to the rich story line. A murder of a youth that was convicted of the rape of a young girl starts the roller coaster story line. The banter between the Sheriff and his best friend called Bear is so random and dry that it is just hilarious ...more
I loved the Longmire television series. When I first started watching it, I did not realize it was based on a book series by Craig Johnson. Usually I have a rule that I read the books first before watching a television or movie adaption of a story....but this time, I did things backwards. Turns out....that's ok. The television series is a lot different than the books.

For those who watched the television series, the characters are similar...but different at the same time. My two favorite side ch
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 as numerous starred awards. Johnson was also a board member of the Mystery Writers' of America.

Craig Johnson as an artist, as a man who paints with words ascribes to the essential characteristic of what makes art different from anyth
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
4 stars.

Daddy and I saw part of this series. I think we stopped because this channel got moved to one we did not have. I have been meaning to read this series for awhile. I enjoy the unique writing style. I am looking to forward to rest of the series. The ending is sad. It makes sense.

Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming, a place where everyone knows your name and probably your business. Walt's been a widower for four years now. His home is worse than a bachelor pad, his deputy Vic is forever giving him a hard time about being overweight, and there's mouse droppings on his cooking utensils.

Despite the fact that Walt's life seems to be in a shambles, the people of Absaroka County like Walt, especially his good friend and Cheyenne Indian Henry S
Michael Britt
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Per usual, you can find this review and others like it at Tome Raider

This was my first contemporary mystery and I couldn't be more happy with this book.

Walt Lomgmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. 2 years ago 4 teenage boys were found guilty of raping a young Northern Cheyenne girl. But they were only given a suspended sentence. Fast forward to present day and one of those boys, Cody Pritchard, has just been found murdered. Walt is given the case and quickly finds out that the othe
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, western
It's a wonder that I read this book to begin with...I saw the first episode of the television series by the same name, and it left me cold. Then I saw the novel rated highly by someone whose opinion I respect, and that made me think I should give the book a chance. I'm glad I did.

I'm really not a big fiction fan, so I am very fussy about the bit of fiction I do undertake to read. I really enjoyed the old Travis McGee series, and since John D. MacDonald's death I have checked out the first issues
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The small town of Durant, Wyoming comes alive for the reader in this modern day Western. With the Big Horn mountains as the backdrop, the Busy Bee Cafe, the White Buffalo Sinclair station, Swayback Road, Crazy Woman Canyon - they all ring true.

The characters are richly drawn - Walt, the tough laconic sheriff who is inching his way toward retirement, Deputy Victoria (Vic) Moretti, who can turn the air blue with her peppery language, Henry Standing Bear, Walt's longtime friend. The female characte
THE COLD DISH (Police Proc-Wyoming-Cont) – VG
Johnson, Craig – 1st in series
Viking, 2005 – Hardcover
Sheriff Walt Longmire is in charge of a small, but quirky group of law enforcement officers in Absaroka County, Wyoming. When the body of Cody Pritchard is found dead of a gunshot wound, they need to determine wither it is a hunting accident. But Cody, along with three others, is recently released from serving time for the brutal rape of a young Indian girl. If the killing is revenge, are the other
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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

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