I love both the overall arc of his story and all the parts that make it up. View all 6 comments. Jul 03, Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it. The best Longmire book of the eight that I have read. I would give this 4. I found this entry to be the most humorous also. Rezdawg takes a prominent role in this one and a new character, Lolo Long, is introduced. May 24, Harry rated it really liked it Shelves: It's probably time to take a breather from this excellent series. I do believe it's time to crank up Netflix and check out Longmire's Season 1. Love the idea of finally seeing the characters and settings dramatized for television.
More on that later Formerly a police officer; he has also worked as a educator, cowboy and longshoreman. 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 anything else: And where else is one to find it but in the fictional county of Absaroka, Wyoming and it's Sheriff Walt Longmire.
As with the work of William Kent Krueger Johnson introduces readers to the Western concept of cowboys and indians. Growing up in the Netherlands, I read till late in the night the wildly popular series Winnetou and Old Shatterhand not available in the States. When playing outside miles away from American soil, it wasn't cops and robbers we played, it was cowboys and indians.
It was this image of America I held in my mind as a 12 year old boy standing on the deck of the U. Rotterdam as we sailed into New York Harbor and waited in the lines of Ellis Island to be granted access to my boyhood dreams. Unlike older western novels, however, Johnson brings this cultural diversity into the 20th century and without delving into multi-culturalism brings us to that mystical nether region between the two where native american and white man meet each other half-way. Johnson's aim is at portraying a fictional world as it should be and this includes diversity.
As the crow flies, similar to in a beeline, is an idiom for the most direct path between two points. This meaning is attested from the early 19th century, and. If you say that a place is a particular distance away as the crow flies, you mean that it is that distance away measured in a straight line. It was miles inland from Boston as the crow flies. Nearby words of 'as the crow flies'.
Henry, a native american is Walt's best friend. The indian community stands ready to aid the law, helps the white man bring justice regardless of race, color or creed. Walt Longmire, in a hallucinatory fit, dances with the Cheyenne spirits who guide him to safety in the midst of a devastating blizzard even though the unconscious man slung over his shoulders is a perpatrator against a Native American woman.
Walt does not question his sanity afterwards. Craig Johnson's world is one we might all long for Too often I read book reviews where the reviewers seem to place verisimilitude above fiction. In my opinion, if you want reality, if you want to read about the way things are, then view a documentary, read a biography, check out reality TV. This is fiction, and if an author changes reality to suit his notion for the book, so be it For some, the first in the series moves along a bit slowly Books that concentrate on rural settings often have the advantage of highlighting the human condition in startling clarity.
Distractions such as are found in urban settings removed, we see good and evil and compassion in a more profound way. Wyoming's Absaroka County gives us this magnifying glass. I found the plot intriguing and the ending second-to-none. Truly, the titles are well chosen in these novels. There's a huge fan base for Johnson's work out there. A fan base that is after values, the good kind. I'm reminded of my daughter's fascination with Taylor Swift, whose millions of fans adulate her for precisely the same reason: There is a Renaissance occurring in a real world that at best can be portrayed as lost in the grey fog of compromised values; a Renaissance that has caught the attention of not only our youth, but all ages.
And they are telling us what they want. Unless there is a drastic divergence in subsequent Longmire novels, this review will be the same for all the Walt Longmire books. View all 11 comments. Sep 04, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: With that said, I am still doing my best to provide objective and an honest review. Walt and Henry are trying to secure the wedding site when they meet Lolo Long, former Iraq war veteran and new tribal police chief. She is stubborn and volatile, ticketing Henry and arresting Walt for his comments. It is suicide or murder? Much of the strength in this book comes from the strong relationship between Walt and Cady.
Not having his wife to plan and participate in the event really draws the two together in a powerful bond that provides strength and power. In this book, Longmire continues his journey by taking part in a sacred native American peyote smoking meeting and experiencing his own personal revelations. For the record, I am eight books into the Longmire series and continue to be surprised at how well Johnson finds different ways to tell stories that link so well to his characters and their challenges in life and philosophy.
As much as I disliked her during the first half of the book, her challenges with returning to her family after the harsh realities of the Iraq war really made an impact on my thoughts. I also loved a special appearance by the rebel FBI man, Clyde, who almost steals the show.
For me, it was the highest emotional payoff in the eight books so far. I am man enough to admit a few tears were shed because of the loving bond between a father and daughter. It was the best ending of all the Longmire books so far. The Walt Longmire books are a wee bit addictive to lay around unread.
When I started the series I had a lot of them to read and while I get closer to the last books I find myself wishing I was not there yet. This time Henry Standing Bear and Walt Longmire are on the reservation because their place for the wedding of Longmire's daughter Cady fell through.
It is enough to get them into trouble with the local new Indian police-chief. When They also see an Indian woman plummet to her death with her b The Walt Longmire books are a wee bit addictive to lay around unread. When They also see an Indian woman plummet to her death with her baby it seems that Longmire cannot get any breaks. It is bound to get messy Longmire style. And it delivers yet another good story that is situated on the reservation outside of Longmire's own jurisdiction and yet he is expected by all parties to protect and serve and teach basic police-skills as well.
The series still feels fresh even if I have missed Vic Moretti's involvement in these last books, you keep wondering where she and Walt are at the moment. The book ends with a marriage as it should. View all 3 comments. Aug 21, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: Both my wife and I enjoy reading this series, which we have been reading in order.
I rate this a solid 4 out of 5 stars. They were going to have the wedding at the tribal building and had made a reservation months before, but a tribal function is going to displace them. So they are at the base of a cliff called Painted Warrior, a very scenic spot at the end of a dirt road. Then they see a person fall from the cliff. Even though Walt has no business investigating this suspicious death, he does with Henry's help. There are several suspects and a surprise ending.
My wife and I like the humor in this series. The previous book was darker than this one. The first few chapters have a lot of humorous interplay between Walt, Henry, and Henry's truck, Rezdawg. Most of Chapter 7 is devoted to Walt's participating in a tribal peyote religious episode. But my wife was not and thought it was too long. Some quotes about Rezdawg: Jul 06, LJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: Was it suicide, an accident or murder? What sets Johnson apart is that where a lesser author might include a portent of bad things to come, Johnson accomplishes the same goal without that blatant and unnecessary device.
It is remarkable that Johnson creates fully-developed characters without providing detailed backstories, yet we know enough of the salient points of their past for their present to make sense.
Johnson shows respect for his characters by having the relationship between Walt and Henry work as equals. The naturalness and quality of dialogue makes such a difference to a story. Johnson know how to write dialogue. I handed it back to him. Once very slight concern I do have is whether it has become so expected that Johnson include Indian spiritualism in each of his books, their inclusion is starting to feel forced. Jun 03, Amy Sturgis rated it really liked it Shelves: This eighth novel in Craig Johnson's Longmire series hinges on the themes of family and transition.
As Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear are scouting out a possible alternative scenic spot for the upcoming wedding of Walt's daughter and Henry's goddaughter Cady, they witness a Cheyenne woman plunge to her death over a cliff -- and discover that the young infant she had held in her arms survived the terrible fall.
Thus begins a story of guilt, responsibility, and familial ties. Cady comes to This eighth novel in Craig Johnson's Longmire series hinges on the themes of family and transition. Cady comes to terms with how her father's commitment to his cases has at times made him an absent father. Walt, just as he feels he is losing his daughter to her new marriage, family, and life, becomes a mentor to the new tribal police chief, Iraq veteran Lolo Long. Long herself is an absent mother to a young son who spends sleepless nights revisiting the horrors of the battlefield that left her scarred inside and out.
After the headlong rush that was Hell Is Empty , As the Crow Flies takes its time, and this meandering fits the subject matter as well as the tone. There's a great deal to make fans of the series smile despite the bittersweetness of the tale, including a great number of familiar faces and places, and more lovely shout-outs to the literature that informs the series.
Little Hawk and Charlie Shoulderblade, among others who observe and report helpful information. This is not a starting point for the series, or even a major step forward in the series' arc, but if you're already a fan, this is an understated, introspective, and nostalgic treat. Dec 17, Eric rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Walt Longmire. Coming after Hell Is Empty , the previous book in the Walt Longmire Mysteries series, this book is a bit of a let down.
But that is not much of a knock, as that book was near perfect. In this one, sheriff Longmire is preparing -- poorly -- for his daughter's impending wedding and out-of-town in-laws arrival, when he and Henry Standing Bear witness a woman fall off a cliff and die. The death occurring on Rez land leads to confrontations with new tribal police chief Lolo Long, a peyote ceremony with Coming after Hell Is Empty , the previous book in the Walt Longmire Mysteries series, this book is a bit of a let down. The death occurring on Rez land leads to confrontations with new tribal police chief Lolo Long, a peyote ceremony with Longmire as the guest of honor, and the involvement of the FBI -- including Walt's old friend Cliff Cly.
While I figured out certain aspects of the mystery quicker than the protagonist, I did not figure out whodunit until the simultaneously tense and satisfying big reveal. Jul 03, Theresa Leone Davidson rated it really liked it. Another strong story about Sheriff Walt Longmire, who with friend Henry Standing Bear watches a young mother fall to her death from a cliff with her baby in her arms. She is killed but miraculously her child survives. Did she commit suicide or was she pushed, and if she was pushed, who did it?
Sad premise either way but a good mystery; this novel also includes the preparations for Walt's daughter's wedding. Highly recommend this series! Jun 01, Ren rated it really liked it. Jun 23, James Aura rated it it was amazing. Another very entertaining addition to Craig Johnson's Longmire series. This one has an excellent twist near the end and is filled with subplots that tug on the main character like guilty insects. These mysteries are better than the TV series, which was pretty good in its own way. I like the book versions of Henry and Vic better than the TV versions.
Apr 07, Jamie Collins rated it it was ok Shelves: Not one of the best of this series, as the mystery is pretty weak, but there were several things I enjoyed - especially that Walt and Henry are together for almost the entire book, picking at each other and complaining in between the serious police work. The Cheyenne Nation appears rather grumpy in this novel punching an offensive driver?
She was first unbelievable as an abrasive cop, then unbelievable as a contrite supplicant. Aug 02, Karl rated it really liked it. Another great installment in the Longmire Saga. A high point in this book was Walt Longmire participating in a Piote ceremony out in the desert. These Longmire books do not necessarily need to be read in order.
Most of his team is back in the office, and only Henry Standing Bear is playing sidekick, a bonus for me since I felt he was fading away in the background in the previous novels. The song exploded into another jam that had everyone in maximum overdrive, until everything came to an end at At only pages it was very easy to get stuck into and finish. From what I understand, this is the author's first book, so I will read the second book of the series and hope for the best. While I enjoyed it, two concerns hung in my mind. Lolo Long would do well to emulate him, and tamper down her anger if she wants to keep her job. Paperback , pages.
There is enough background offered by Mr. Johnson to allow the overall story arc to not interfere with the specific volume. A most enjoyable read. Recommended to those who do or do not watch the television series. Oct 13, Jan "don't blame me, I also voted for Hillary" rated it really liked it Shelves: During the course of the investigation, the reader is introduced to a peyote ceremony and several fascinating characters. The story takes place entirely on a reservation in Montana.
Another enjoyable Longmire mystery. Dec 02, Trish rated it really liked it Shelves: I do love this series. And much more laugh-out-loud in places than the TV show is ever going to be. Jul 10, Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing. Eighth in the Walt Longmire mystery series revolving around the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming.
This was an Indie Next Pick. My Take I loved it. Hey, it's a Craig Johnson, how can I not love it?! However, there were some anomalies in this. The wedding is the big one. Johnson makes a big deal about all the work needed to plan Cady's wedding, and yet he doesn't give us the idea that Walt's done much, although it sounds as though the rest of the town has been pitching in and doing a fine job of Eighth in the Walt Longmire mystery series revolving around the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming. Johnson makes a big deal about all the work needed to plan Cady's wedding, and yet he doesn't give us the idea that Walt's done much, although it sounds as though the rest of the town has been pitching in and doing a fine job of organizing with the only hiccup being someone else wants Cady's day.
The incidents atop Painted Warrior are confusing at the end. I have too many questions, and I can't mention them here without giving too much away. It's cowboys and Indians in so many ways, just not the ones that are leaping to your mind, LOL. There's the usual cops versus, well, everyone else; the angry young woman thrust into a career that she doesn't want and yet does; bureaucracy versus the public; family versus non; love versus reality; and, it's all melded together inside a very caring group of people, regardless of the side of the law they're on or their genetic antecedents.
Lolo both pisses me off and cracks me up. She hates her new job and is so belligerent about it with everyone.
And there's something about Henry that irritates the hell out of her. She can't seem to decide if she wants to be mentored or would rather be blowing up at someone. Nor does she comprehend the terms polite or PC. I love how Johnson pulls Native American culture and beliefs into his stories and the respect Walt shows for it.
He may be skeptical about their peyote ceremonies, but he's open to the concept. There were a number of sweet events in this from how much baby Adrian needs Dog by his side, Walt's sweet story for Cady about the day he married her mother, and I absolutely adore the kids who are "rowing to Alaska"! Whoa, that penultimate scene had me twisting all over the place.
Johnson had me thinking so many people were the bad guys… It's the last big scene that I adored however. It's Cady's wedding day The Story Just when Walt thought the wedding plans at least had a venue exactly where Cady wanted to be married at Crazy Head Springs, but tribal council vagaries have allowed the Dull Knife College to schedule a Cheyenne language immersion class, kicking Cady's wedding aside.
It's just plain lucky for the very unlucky Audrey Plain Feather that Walt and Henry are scouting for a new location. At least someone will now find her body. Henry Standing Bear is the Cheyenne Nation with two vehicles at his disposal: He's also Walt's best and oldest friend. Dog is Walt's dog inherited from the last sheriff, Lucian Connally. Dog doesn't like the Rezdawg either.
Cady is Walt's lawyer daughter who lives in Philadelphia. Lena Moretti , Vic and Michael's mother, is coming with Cady, and they'll be arriving tomorrow. The rest of the Morettis will show just before the wedding day. Lonnie Little Bird fell asleep at a council meeting and got voted in as the new chief. Arbutis Little Bird is Lonnie's sister and the librarian. Melissa is Lonnie's daughter we met her in The Cold Dish , 1.
I'm surprised she doesn't fall over, that chip is so big. She has a five-year-old son, Danny , who lives with his father, Cale Garber. Hazel Long is her long-suffering mother who works at Native Health Services. Charles Last Bull is a deputy who won't accept being fired; he's also Clarence's brother. Robinson raised his arm in the air as he waved his freak flag. It was an extended jam that built in intensity with blazing guitars, until it exploded in conclusion to thunderous applause. Keyboards were dominant through most of the song, even when guitars came in and the jam intensified, until King began a solo that demonstrated his virtuosity on the axe.
About 12 minutes into the jam he took a bow and Freed took over on guitar and proved his worth.
Both times they were superb with tight musicianship and exciting performances. At that point the harmonica began again and led the outro as Robinson clutched the microphone to his instrument. Robinson sang the choppy lyrics as he danced in front of the band that was playing at full throttle. Robinson opened the song with his harmonica and then began to sing with a powerful voice,. Freed began to play and broke into a solo that was riveting, when King joined in and blew the roof off, while Hess thumped his bass like a madman in between them.
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