Series: Walt Longmire #1
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Penguin Books on March 28, 2006
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Also in this series: A Serpent's Tooth, The Percentages"
Also by this author: Spirit of Steamboat, A Serpent's Tooth, Any Other Name, The Highwayman, "Eleven/Twenty-Nine", An Obvious Fact, The Western Star, Depth of Winter, Land of Wolves, Death Without Company , Kindness Goes Unpunished , Another Man's Moccasins, "Land of the Blind", The Percentages"
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 that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.
I will admit that at the beginning of this book there were times when I was close to saying, hey let’s bail on this series! Actually I did ask Barb if she wanted too as it seemed she wasn’t to into it…lol. We pressed on and ended up liking it well enough to go on and try the next one next month. So after checking this review out go and see what Barb has to say about it!
Here is what I thought
So I learned a few things reading this, one is that even though I listened to this book several years ago I must not have paid much attention as I couldn’t remember anything but that Vic cussed a lot and two is that it is so far from the Longmire series that I can see it turning off some tv show fans. So whatever you do if your a fan of the show do no expect the same Walt, etc.
It starts right off with a dead body, though they think Bob has been drinking and it was probably a dead sheep. Walt sends Vic to check it out and it’s not long before she is calling him in because it is a body. Cody Pritchard was one of four boys that a few years ago raped a young Northern Cheyenne girl who is mentally slow because she has fetal alcohol syndrome. The boys pretty much got a slap on the wrist and never served much time.
Longmire really hopes there isn’t a connection to the rape case and that it was just a hunting accident, but then another one of the boys ends up shot with the same type of gun. Longmire tries his best to protect the other two boys but is having a bit of a hard time with George who leads Longmire and his friend Henry Standing Bear on quite the chase up a snowy mountain where some things don’t go so well.
So what I did like about this book was Vic and her sarcasm but could do without her foul mouth, Henry Standing Bear and his banter with Walt (which I am glad was in the show and in the book), and Ruby the lady that keeps the sheriff’s office running. You might have noticed I didn’t say Walt, well that is because in the book right now he is not really a favorite. He is not what I would have expected (which is why you need to try and forget the show), but I do think he will grow on me.
I also enjoyed the storyline to a degree and was very surprised at who the killer was and so that was very enjoyable.
Things I didn’t like about the book is that the author was a bit to long winded about his descriptions about things. Like guns and what type of guns, and how you use the guns, etc. I really didn’t care. Also, I felt confused sometimes because he would start a paragraph with HE or SHE and I had no clue who that was until I finally got a name. I am no mind reader, give me a name first and then use the pronouns! It might be a picky thing to grip about but it would take me out of the story as I had to think and try and figure out who Walt was talking to some times.
Overall, I liked it enough to try another book in the series and hope that with each book it will get better and Barb and I will find a series to enjoy this year!