The Cold Dish

The Cold Dish

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After decades of peace between the white and Native American communities of early American Wyoming, a young man who was once convicted for raping a Cheyenne girl is found dead, prompting sheriff Walt Longmire, his deputy Victoria Moretti, and friend Henry Standing Bear to investigate.

Blackwell North Amer
As sheriff of Wyoming's Absaroka County, Walt Longmire is used to the mundane problems of rural life. So when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, people are initially inclined to think it's a hunting accident. But two years earlier Cody had been one of four high school boys convicted of brutally raping Melissa Little Bird, a young Cheyenne girl with fetal alcohol syndrome, and the boys were let off with suspended sentences, causing turmoil in both the white and Native American communities. Is this a revenge killing? Walt Longmire intends to find out.
After twenty-four years as sheriff, Walt, along with Deputy Victoria Moretti and life-long friend Henry Standing Bear, is embroiled in the most volatile and challenging case of his career. He might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 buffalo rifle.

Baker
& Taylor

After decades of peace between the white and Native American communities of early American Wyoming, a young man who was once convicted for raping a Cheyenne girl is found dead, prompting sheriff Walt Longmire, his deputy Victoria Moretti, and friend Henry Standing Bear to investigate. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005
ISBN: 9780670033690
0670033693
Branch Call Number: MYS Johnson, C 100.1 2005
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 24 cm

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7626dee
Jan 22, 2017

Not at all like Hillermans' Indian Policemen, Longmire is a completely different cup of tea, personally screwed up but apparently the worlds greatest shot-700 yards freehand-oh well the writing and character will develop and you will learn to love and understand this wild and wooly county in Wyoming.

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drawgers
Nov 22, 2016

I've been meaning to give this series a read and the first book has me hooked - am going to keep reading them. I also checked out the first episode of the tv series adaptation and it's good, too, but different as adaptations often are. I look forward to enjoying the continuing adventures of Walt Longmire in print and on tv.

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fledge
Nov 14, 2016

Having seen the first four seasons of the Longmire TV series, I decided to read the first Longmire book in the series. Ahem, the TV series is better, which surprised me. The author, Craig Johnson, produced dialog that is never attributed, as in "he said," "she said," or "I said." As such, who is saying what is often garbled, which led to reread passages to figure who was talking. As far as the mystery goes, it was pretty good, though I had deduced who the perpetrator was halfway through the book.

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cottageunderh
Nov 09, 2016

I really enjoyed watching the TV show, so I picked up this first book in the Longmire series. I must say I honestly enjoyed the book too! Especially the banter between Longmire and Standing Bear. They work so well together.

AL_HANNAH Aug 08, 2016

The robust characters of the land and people completely captivated me, and the TV series is just as good!

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amywitherow
Oct 03, 2015

The first in the series, whose main character is Walt Longmire, a sherif in Montana. The books are a fabulous combination of western and mystery with a little humor thrown in. All the characters have a real-life quality and keep to character. And, I'm always surprised somewhere along the way.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes mysteries, westerns, or just good writing and characterization.
Oh, and I disagree that the TV series is better. It feels truncated after reading the books. And has much less depth.

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Dreamstime
Apr 16, 2015

I really wanted to like this book. I did my best but halfway through I gave up. Longmire's incessant smart-alec banter had little to do with the investigation. Early in the book there was a jump from one chapter to the next that made no sense, as though an intervening chapter was torn out. The TV series is much better than this book. If you want to read about a detective who solves mysteries (often with his Indian friend) take a look at the Alex McNight novels by Steve Hamilton set in the UP of Michigan.

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nhoj
Feb 22, 2015

First in the Walt Longmire series. A long ago rape by 4 teenagers resurfaces as they seem to be targeted for murder.
I enjoy this series because of the witty and sarcastic dialogue that seems easy and unforced. The characters become more real when their conversations reflect a reality.

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JoDeeNelson
Aug 20, 2013

I love all the Longmire books and was a fan of them before the TV show. I especially love the audio versions. I wrote a fan email to Craig Johnson and he graciously replied. I highly reccommend the entire series.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

I heard an interview with this author on CBC a few weeks ago and became intrigued. I decided to start with the first book in the series, which is this one. The setting is Wyoming, and Walt Longmire is the local sheriff. Walt is a Vietnam vet, in his fifties, a widower with a daughter who has moved away. He is a bit stuck in his grief since his wife died two years ago. His friends are trying to get him to move on, to finish the house his wife and him were building, and to maybe start a new relationship.
When he is notified of a man killed out in a field he sends his deputy, but the case looks like it might be linked to a case a while back where four young white men convinced a mentally handicapped young native woman to come with them and then sexually abused her. The dead man is one of the four men.
As the case progresses, Walt must depend on his friend Henry, and Henry must depend on Walt. The two of them fight to find the truth, against nature, against deceit, and with the help of the ancients. There is an emphasis on the type of gun used to commit the crime, and one gun like this comes into Walt's possession, the Cheyenne Death Rifle, with it's own story and interesting history. There are lots of interesting characters here, including Walt's deputy a young woman previously working for the Philadelphia police. Definitely a series I'd like to read more of.

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