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Book ¹ Death Without Company 271 pages ´ Craig johnson ´ 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 BaEd at the Durant Home for Assisted Living Sheriff Longmire is drawn into an investigation that reaches fifty years into the mysterious woman’s dramatic Basue past Aided by his friend Henry Standing Bear Deputy Victoria Moretti and newcomer Santiago Saizarbitoria Sheriff Longmire must connect the specter of the past to the present to find the killer among them 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

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The Crow Flies who garnered both praise and an enthusiastic readership with his acclaimed debut novel featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire The Cold Dish the first in the Longmire Mystery Series the basis for LONGMIRE now on Netflix Now Johnson takes us back to the rugged landscape of Absaroka County Wyoming for Death Without Company When Mari Baroja is found poison 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 impressionsI'm a fan of the Longmire series on AE 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 readingI found this to be very true as I read and I found that I came to like the character of Sheriff Longmire even than I already did The book is told in the first person from his point of view and his prolonged silences make so much sense now I usually really hate reading books written in the first person because the narrator can be difficult to relate to or unreliable but in this case it really works This is a man who is blend of humor and tragedy and this makes him uniuely suited to be the narrator of what can sometimes be a difficult story to tell Longmire narrates from the perspective of his age and experience He still feels deep and powerful emotions but he has created a space in his consciousness where he view and report these feelings dispassionately What makes him the lawman he is however is also what makes it so difficult for him to connect with other people Thankfully other characters sense that they are what tether him to reality and Longmire's greatest asset are the people he surrounds himself with All of these themes about man against naturehimself community and frontier are explored through a prose style I found delightfully pleasant to read Like so many authors writing in this genre Craig Johnson could have chosen to get caught up in long winded descriptions of nature or Native American spiritualism; these elements are present but they are shared with care and meaning The people are most important part of the narrative and Johnson's writing style forces me to slow down and work a little harder to collect the clues It's a prose style that welcomes the reader and encourages sitting down and resting a spell; it really makes me want to to know what happens next The theme of community is powerful and I was surprised by the variety of communities within Absaroka County It takes a uniue personality to survive life on the frontier and these hardy people put down roots that can reach back for generations Walt Longmire and his Cheyenne best friend Henry Standing Bear have grown up together over a lifetime that has included being enemies before being friends Lucian the old sheriff seems like a Hollywood caricature of the frontier sheriff but as the book progresses there is a sense that he maintained law in a place that didn't always have much patience or use for it Deputy Victoria Vic Moretti is the transplant from the big city she's foul mouthed and dismissive of this different view of life but she's also drawn to put down roots and create a home for herself in a place that accepts her the way she is Young Santiago Saizarbitoria is added in this second installment and I liked him as much as all the ladies in the story do The list goes on and on and it seems like everybody has a story woven into the tapestry of the town; this isn't the big city where neighbors never meet these people survive by learning to walk the fine line between independence and interdependenceOne of this book's most important themes is the sense of place the American Frontier as a living place I've heard many people say that Americans don't have a culture like people from other countries but this isn't true American culture is steeped in the frontier and even people who live in large urban areas identify with the fierce independence toughness and resilience of the pioneer The frontier is where people who were different went to reinvent themselves to start over fresh and the characters in Death Without Company remind the reader of this but in a thoroughly modern sense No matter how technologically advanced we get as a society or how liberal our views become there are still places in this country where man stands resolute not only against his fellow man and the forces of nature but also against himself This is the most excited I've been about a series in a long time and I find myself both sad and happy Sad as in Why the heck did it take me so long to start reading this series Happy as in There are nine books in this series Yee haw

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Death Without CompanyWalt 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 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 weather and isolation makes a sense of community especially importantThe case in this one starts with the ex sheriff and former mentor Lucian asking that the seemingly natural death of his fellow resident at an assisted living center be checked out suspicious causes When the lady Mari Baroja turns out to have been murdered Walt has to press Lucian hard to learn anything about why he suspected foul play Step by step Walt works out secrets that involve Lucian and Mari dating back to 1950 She was a member of the close knit Basue community of sheepherders who immigrated to the region The investigation has a tough time resolving whether the crime was driven by personal or by financial motivations Mari had a surprising source of wealth but someone in her life was responsible for torture and abuse readable from extensive scarring on her body As Walt makes progress on the case other murders and attempted murders leave a confusing pattern but one thing is clear someone very dangerous is creating a trail of mayhem and Walt keeps getting in harm’s wayEven satisfying than the compelling complexity of the mystery was my experience of Walt in his community his circle of friends and trusty dog named Dog His Cheyenne Indian friend from childhood Henry Standing Bear provides an ongoing sounding board at the helm of his restaurantbar in the tiny fictional town of Durant He also keeps him grounded with humor spiritual wisdom and help with processing Walt’s case related dreams and the visions of Plains Indians’ ghosts he is subject to For example Henry reminds Walt that people don’t own land the land owns them “You don’t own your own mother do you” At the scene of a traffic accident in a snow storm a big truck almost slides into him and has the illusion that ghost Indians helped allay his death like stopping a buffalo I looked north and west toward the Little Big Horn and Northern Cheyenne Reservation It was comforting to think they were still here stewards of a mother they did not own The stinging wind made my eyes tear at least I think that’s what it was so I laughed and lifted my hand tipping my hat just to let them know I knew where they were and to say thanksAnother larger than life friend is his female deputy Vic Moretti a tough foul mouthed Italian from Philadelphia who always has his back in a scrap Because your heart goes out to Walt over his loneliness from the past losses of a wife and recent lover you can’t blame Walt for his hidden affections for Vic but his integrity keeps his lusts at bay I looked at my recently divorced deputy a beautiful intelligent woman with a body like Salome and a mouth like a saltwater crocodile I started to wonder why she hadn’t ever invited me over to dinner when it came to me that I had never invited her out to my place either I guess it had never really occurred to me even though I continually swam against the undertow of my attraction toward her The thought of myself involved with a woman who was about the same age as Cady was an image so pathetic that I erased it in wide sweeps on a regular basis Walt is well grounded and relatively free of demons that afflict so many other fictional detectives For example while he has the same mental attunement for the poetry in nature and spirit visions as James Lee Burke’s Louisiania detective Dave Robicheaux Walt does not suffer his war inspired PTSD alcoholism and hidden addiction to violence Longmire’s humanity shines through with his empathy and affinity for imagining the lives of the victims in a personal way Here he tunes into dead Mari through a dream about her younger self I felt the breath catch in my throat at the wonder of her and knew that everything I had heard was true After a moment she rolled over and looked at me with those dark eyes a plucked piece of grass between her teeth She smiled and reached a hand across to touch my shoulder Her fingers were light and a shiver went through me; the coolness of her spread like a welcome cloud on an overly sunny dayShe looked toward the mountains as if she were trying to think of how to say what she wanted to say She had trouble supporting herself and it was only then I noticed she was very pregnant Her hand came out again slowly as if she didn’t want to frighten me The slim fingers wrapped around mine and lifted my hand toward her A few clouds appeared like solemn voices and broken heartsThe key lessons Walt learns through his travails of this tough case are that “hatred has a poor shelf life but that love and hope can limp along forever” and “a professional is the one who always has his gun”In an with the Mystery People blog Johnson confessed to what he was after with the series and I think he succeeded admirably in his goals Walt is a very iconoclastic figure I guess but I’ve attempted to humanize him by searching for the complexities within He’s very much a Western style hero but in a modern world–he has to match up with that diversity and nuance that hopefully takes the books to another level I think the environs allow for that that and the other characters Henry Standing Bear is not your average stereotypical Indian so Walt can’t be the stereotypical cowboy One of the joys of writing contemporary westernmysteries is that it affords me the opportunity to take on the baggage of those genre clichés and turn them on their ear; I think that’s one of the reasons the books are as popular as they areHeartfelt thanks to GR friend Harry Roolaart Robert Downs and Algernon for great reviews that made me a permanent fan for this series