The Dark Horse (Walt Longmire Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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Walt doubts a confession of murder in this novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cold Dish and As the Crow Flies, the fifth in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series





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Overview

Walt doubts a confession of murder in this novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Cold Dish and As the Crow Flies, the fifth in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series





Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love The Dark Horse is the fifth installment in New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson's Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series. Wade Barsad, a man with a dubious past and a gift for making enemies, burned his wife Mary's horses in their barn; in retribution, she shot him in the head six times. But Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming's Absaroka County doesn't believe Mary's confession. Leaving behind the demands of his upcoming re-election campaign, Walt unpins his star to go undercover and discovers that everyone-including a beautiful Guatemalan bartender and a rancher with a taste for liquor-had a reason for wanting Wade dead.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Johnson's superb fifth contemporary mystery to feature Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire (after 2008's Another Man's Moccasins), Walt has his doubts about Mary Barsad's guilt when she confesses to shooting her husband, Wade, after Wade allegedly burned down their barn with all Mary's horses inside. Even though the crime is out of his jurisdiction in a neighboring county, Walt can't shake the feeling that there's more to Mary's story. Posing as an insurance agent, Walt starts poking around the tiny town of Absalom, whose main attraction are the fights at the local bar. He meets an illegal immigrant bartender with a knack for crime solving, the Barsads' loyal cowhand and some ranchers who may have had their own reasons for wanting Wade dead. Walt digs deep into the dilapidated town's history, unearthing secrets that might be better left buried. Series fans will delight in seeing Walt return to his cowboy roots as he mounts a horse and navigates the sparsely populated state. 8-city author tour.(June)

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Library Journal

In his fifth outing (after Another Man's Moccasins), Sheriff Walt Longmire goes undercover to prove that Mary Barsad, confessed murderer, did not kill her husband after he shot her horses and set the barn on fire. Walt finds that there is a lot more going on in Wyoming's remote Powder River area, as he meets a cast of characters with much to hide. VERDICT While not as hardboiled as C.J. Box's crime thrillers nor as humorous as J.M. Hayes's "Mad Dog and Englishman" series, Johnson's deft, twisty storytelling immediately grips the reader. His latest has a heart as big as a Wyoming sky.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
The Sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., follows a hunch to free an allegedly self-made widow. Though his jail is housing confessed killer Mary Barsad, Walt Longmire has a feeling the horse-loving lady is innocent. Prescription drugs found in her system have left her with little appetite and even less ability to focus on the here and now. Posing as an insurance adjuster, Walt goes to the Powder River country to sniff around. His welcome is less than warm. On the night of the murder, Wade Barsad's ranch house and barn were destroyed by fire, along with his wife's prize cutting horses-all except for Wahoo Sue, Mary's favorite, whom Barsad claimed to have taken out and shot. The long list of people happy to see Wade dead includes his hired hand Hershel Vanskike, whose hopes of fortune rest in an antique rifle, and just about everybody else in a three-county area. When Walt rents a room in Absalom, only a Guatemalan bartender and her half-Cheyenne son Benjamin are willing to talk to him. Though he tries to keep a low profile, Walt gets pushed into fighting Cliff Cly, king of the local Friday night fights. It turns out that Barsad was in the witness protection program and had a lot more enemies than the locals he'd antagonized. After a trip with Hershel and Benjamin to Twentymile Butte shows Cly in a new light, only a meeting with Wahoo Sue saves Walt from death. Walt's fifth (Another Man's Moccasins, 2008, etc.) is stunningly descriptive and compulsively readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101057278
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Series: Walt Longmire Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 7,361
  • File size: 303 KB

Meet the Author

Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/Bibliobs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813, and Kindness Goes Unpunished, the third in the series, has also been published in France. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award Winner and the Mountains & Plains Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won The Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick and Hell Is Empty as well as As the Crow Flies (the eighth in the series) were New York Times bestsellers. All are available from Penguin. Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire novels have now been adapted for television in the hit series Longmire on A&E. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    The Dark Horse is on my keeper list.

    If you've read the previous Walt Longmire mysteries (Johnson is the 2009 Spur Winner for Another Man's Moccasins), you may already have your copy of the next book, The Dark Horse on pre-order. If Craig Johnson's series is new to you, you're in for a treat. If these western mysteries are already on your "must read" list, you know Walt is the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. You also know he's a tough, fair-minded law officer who won't quit until he solves a case, no matter what the odds. This time the mystery involves a woman who has confessed to a murder many, including the sheriff of the neighboring county, don't believe she committed-not that the victim, her husband, didn't deserve it. He did, after all, set the barn on fire with her prized horses inside it. Walt has agreed to go undercover to discover the truth, and he's lacking the back-up of his trusted deputies.

    But Longmire's not without resources. There's the little bandit, who has an endearing habit of chewing on his hat's stampede strings; there's an illegal alien named Juana with two years of law enforcement training and a yen to use it; an old cowboy who may himself be involved in the murder; and of course, Henry Standing Bear, also known as "The Cheyenne Nation." And then there's Wahoo Sue, a prominent player as Walt and his crew unravel events and outrun a ticking clock in a race against death.

    Johnson has created a wonderful cast of characters in his Walt Longmire series. Each individual springs to life and fills an important role in the story. Walt is a protagonist who is wearing well even after five books, a law enforcement officer who truly realizes he's there to serve and protect. Johnson nails the Wyoming setting, and includes just enough landscape details to put the reader in the picture.

    The Dark Horse is a book you won't want-no, you won't be able-to put down until the final page.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Johnson produces another spellbinding story centered around Sheriff Walt Longmire

    Craig Johnson brings another dimension to his character of Sheriff Walt Longmire with a captivating story of an accused woman Walt believes may be innocent. Walt attempts to take his bigger-than-life persona undercover in a small Wyoming town with varying results. Without his usual companions in fairly constant attendance, Walt must work out the murky details he is able to unearth. As usual, Craig Johnson is able to make us see the grit of small town Wyoming and the various colorful people that live there. He shows us once again that things may not always be as they seem on the surface and that a dark horse should never be overlooked.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Everyone's a Suspect and Johnson Sketches Them with Lines and Shadows

    With a respect for the Wyoming country life, and especially rodeo, this book creates great portraits of the spousal suspect in this murder and the alleged husband arsonist -quote- victim- unquote that destroyed the homestead and ranch, burning the horses inside the barn. You know the sheriff's a good egg when he tucks the ranch manager into bed and seeks to find alternative explanations for a quote - murderess' confession -unquote that landed a desolate woman in his jail. Recommended highly and the tone IS different from the Longmire series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Good, but not his best

    I tired if jumping back and forth from accounts of previous events to present day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Excellent!

    Excellent! Excellent characters and excellent plot. Had me guessing until the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    love it

    Craig Johnson has a real talent for making his novels come to life, Eagerly waiting for new releases.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Average - not as good as previous titles in series

    This title in the Walt Longmire series seemed a bit formulaic and weary. It did not compel the same attention and interest as the others.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

    I've read all the books in the Longmire series and this one did not disappoint. Cannot wait for the series to premier on A&E.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Fantastic reading. Johnson has done a remarkable job in portraying a strong woman. Really brings out the tender side of Walt Longmire.

    Excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Johnson is a great action author

    If you don't know Craig Johnson's series with Walt Longmire you should!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    MAP!

    Res 1: bios, res 2: the barn, res 3: annoucements, res 4: training, res 5: weapon area, res 6: map! Res 7: horse race! Res 8: the awards! Res 9: Cabins/dens start there! ~Hunter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Ellie

    So u wanna play with my jig boy u should know wht ur fallen for.... do u dare to do this bc im coming at u like a dark horse r u ready for ready for a perfect storm perfect storm.... Theres No Going Back......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    G

    Du u wanna play with magic? Boy u shud no watcha fallin 4.
    DARK HORSE BY KATEH PARREH

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    The best Walt Longmire story so far

    I consider myself an animal lover, but horses are far from my favorite animal. Johnson's believable description of a remarkable animal raised my respect for horses several notches. I am reading the Longmire series in order, and I think this one is my favorite so far. Probably due to minimal blood shed, a glimpse into Walt's early life, and some clever twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Ha

    Listening to dark horse right now! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    I m fireheart got that i hate wafles

    Ha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Lyrics to Dark Horse by Katy Perry and Juicy J

    Coming sooj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Blackdiamond

    What clan is this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Azim

    Anyone here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Cat fo the Week award goes to...

    Strikingpaw!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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