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Death Without Company

(Walt Longmire #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  19,030 ratings  ·  1,632 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 Cr ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published March 16th 2006)
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Mary Berger The books are funnier, the TV series, which I watched and loved too, got dark and heavy toward season 4 and 5
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Brooke I believe Dog came from Vonnie (Vonny?) as well, but there's a line in there about having "inherited -xxxx?- from Lucien" that threw me. I believe it …moreI believe Dog came from Vonnie (Vonny?) as well, but there's a line in there about having "inherited -xxxx?- from Lucien" that threw me. I believe it was Ruby, as his secretary, but the way it read, it was a touch confusing w/out backtracking. (less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 16, 2013 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 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
Aug 07, 2012 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 give ...more
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: 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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 01, 2012 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
Jul 28, 2013 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, and
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I'm trying hard to like this series. It's not often that I give the second book in a series a chance, but I enjoyed Johnson's first offering just enough to take a whack at number two.

This one didn't work so well for me. I'm seeing a pattern developing already, and it turns me right off. Johnson's culprit seems always to come out of the blue, with minimal involvement in the story right up until the big reveal. This literary device is acceptable on occasion, but overuse of any ploy becomes tedious
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this second book in the Walt Longmire series, the sheriff is pulled into an investigation of a death at an assisted living facility. Former sheriff Lucian Connally is adamant that the woman was murdered, even though her death at first appears to be from natural causes. As he investigates, Longmire discovers a complex web of secrets and lies. As the case heats up, it becomes dangerous. There is a lot more to the death of Mari Baroja than just one poisoned elderly woman in a care home.

I love th
Wayne Barrett
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

I wouldn't say this Wyoming crime novel was anything spectacular, I mean it is good, just not great, but it's the humor that Johnson uses as he did in book 1 that makes this an enjoyable read. I'm not sure if I'll tackle the entire series, but this was definitely good enough to make me want to add part 3.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
After finishing the first book in the Longmire mystery series, “The Cold Dish”, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately jumped into the second, “Death Without Company”. As I openly admitted with the first book review, I am a devoted fan of the Longmire television show (on A/E and now Netflix) and was looking forward to reading the book series by Craig Johnson that inspired the show.

“Death Without Company” continues the fictional adventures of Walt Longmire, Sherriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming,
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the modern western
Shelves: 2016, thriller, western
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
Mar 17, 2011 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
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craig-johnson
On p. 23 there is a Basque proverb: "A life without friends means death without company." I liked this book very much and give it 4.5 out 5 stars. This is the second in the series that I have read and I find that the characters are growing on me. The plot starts with a death in a nursing home. Former Sheriff Lucian Connally gets current Sheriff Walt Longmire to treat it as a suspicious death. Old secrets and buried lies/cruelties are uncovered. More people die. Connally and Deputy Victoria Moret ...more
Jan 23, 2014 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. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have got to put in a mystery shelf. I can't call this a thriller, not really.

Okay first off...I like this book. I plan to continue reading the Longmire books...I recommend them. I say all this because I'm going to say a few critical things about the book, but look I gave it a 4 star rating and recommend it. It's just that the book teetered a few times on the verge of the 3 star rating. In the end however I realized I liked it a good deal and was interested from the first.

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Aug 05, 2014 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
Apr 30, 2013 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
Cindy Newton
This is the second book in the series. I actually liked the first book a little more than this one. I felt it was a little slow getting started, and I was more patient with that in the first installment. After all, you have to set up the stage in the first one.

The action eventually gets going, and suddenly the small town is experiencing a significantly higher-than-normal number of deaths and assaults. Longmire is SUCH a likable character--it's hard to imagine someone not enjoying his unruffled c
Jul 11, 2012 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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Maybe an even better book the second time around! This is the one where Sancho and Double Tough join up.
Jacqueline J
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another strong Longmire mystery. I totally enjoy the characters as portrayed here even though they are very different from the TV show portrayals. I really enjoy the humor that Walt shows here.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
This volume follows 1 month after the first and is referenced throughout, even though it could be read as a standalone novel it would make more sense and be more enjoyable if you'd rather book 1 first.
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Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Longmire!
Aug 08, 2008 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
May 19, 2010 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
Sheila Beaumont
Second in the series, and every bit as good as the wonderful first book, with fine writing, a well-crafted plot, great dialogue, a vivid Wyoming winter setting, and most of the same entertaining characters as before. And in this one we meet more characters, including two new deputies. I'm looking forward to the third book, so I'm glad our local library has the whole series on hand! ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Listened to this with Simon on our way to Alfred, NY. It was the perfect length for our journey as it ended just prior to our arrival at our destination! We both enjoyed it. The plot was intriguing, the characters gritty & George Guidall's narration was excellent as usual! ...more
Jeff Dickison
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second entry into the Longmire series is not quite as good as the first book, but is still better than average. The mystery is not quite as good, although there is more action. He does get two new deputies who look interesting. I think I am going to like this series.
Steven Z.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Craig Johnson’s sequel to his successful THE COLD DISH which introduced Absaroka County Sheriff Walter Longmire is entitled DEATH WITHOUT COMPANY. Many of the same characters reappear including retired Sheriff Lucian Connally, who resides at the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Longmire’s constant foil, Victoria (Vic) Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, Longmire’s closest friend since childhood and owner of the Red Pony Bar, as well as Ruby, the person who is really in charge of Longmire’s office, and ...more
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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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Walt Longmire (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire, #3)
  • Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire, #4)
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