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As The Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
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Jan 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from April 23 to 25, 2012

After sagging a little in the middle this series has roared back in the right direction these latest 3 books. After the harrowing events of HELL IS EMPTY it was nice to see Walt doing what he does best, just riding around chasing clues and bad guys. The wedding details are going up in smoke, so Walt and Henry ride out to a cliff named Painted Warrior to check it out as an alternate wedding site. While there taking pictures of the spot Walt and Henry see a young woman go over the cliff and fall to her death. While the two hero's check on the woman, Dog discovers the her baby boy who managed to survive the fall. Dog camps out in the hospital with the baby, while Walt tangles with the new chief of police on the rez, Lolo Long. Miss Lolo is a poor imitation of my favorite potty mouthed cop Victoria, an Iraq war vet with no law enforcement experience she stumbles around making things worse before Walt finally brings her up short. Lolo asks Walt for his help and experience especially when the FBI threaten to step in and all over her. Walt agrees to follow the threads of this mystery, and with Henry at his side they ride all over the Rez chasing down the details of this young woman's short life.

Several of my favorite early characters returned for this adventure, and it was really nice to have a lot of Henry and his great dialog. Thankfully the tangles with Lolo of the bad temper are kept to a minimum, as she comes off like an inept Vic, only more of a jerk. Lonnie Little Bird's reappearance was another welcome one, the story of how he became chief was my first laugh out loud moment in the book. The sidebar dealing with Cady's wedding was nicely sprinkled in and broke up the main story without taking my attention totally away. The all star cast at the wedding was also a nice touch, though I hope there is more on that and the wild party at the reception coming soon.

To know and love these characters I would highly recommend reading the series in order, starting with The Cold Dish.

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