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As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire Series #8)

As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire Series #8)

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by Craig Johnson

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The eighth novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the Netflix original series LONGMIRE 

Craig Johnson's The Highwayman and An Obvious Fact are now available from Viking.

Embarking on his eighth


The eighth novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the Netflix original series LONGMIRE 

Craig Johnson's The Highwayman and An Obvious Fact are now available from Viking.

Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn't have time for cowboys and criminals. His daughter, Cady, is getting married in two weeks, and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals. Fearing Cady's wrath, Walt and his old friend Henry Standing Bear set out for the Cheyenne Reservation to find a new site for the nuptials. But their expedition ends in horror as they witness a young Crow woman plummeting from Painted Warrior's majestic cliffs. Is it a suicide, or something more sinister? It's not Walt's turf, but he's coerced into the investigation by Lolo Long, the beautiful new tribal police chief.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Walt continues to be excellent company because he’s always keen to learn something from the strong Indian characters in this series…This time a wizened old medicine woman takes Walt in hand, guiding him through a Native American Church peyote ceremony deep in the woods…he [has] a vision that expands his mind and helps him solve the case.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“A top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery… Crow is a superb novel steeped in the culture of the American West.”—USA Today

“The pleasure of the series rests in Walt’s narration, with its laid-back, observant, bemused recounting of events…Solid landscapes, a mélange of fully fleshed characters (familiar and new), drily laconic dialogue and assorted power struggles—including Walt’s endless war with Rezdawg, Henry’s recalcitrant, falling-apart truck—keep the latest in this rich and satisfying series on engaging course.”—Houston Chronicle

“Walt’s voice lets readers in on his gentle and wry nature, while showcasing his devotion to bringing bad guys or gals to justice…Johnson enriches his narrative by using the setting itself as another well-developed character. Johnson’s Northern Cheyenne characters defy stereotype with self-depreciating humor and strength. Chief Lolo Long and Tribal Chief Lonnie Little Bird are especially well-crafted and appealing.”—The Denver Post

“Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“All the elements his fans love are present: lively characters, easy banter, and, of course, a touch of the supernatural. In early books, Walt was less sure of himself, but, in his eighth adventure, it makes sense that he’s now the one “giving sheriff lessons.” This book fits the hand like a well-worn glove.”—Booklist

Marilyn Stasio
Walt continues to be excellent company because he's always keen to learn something from the strong Indian characters in this series…
—The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Johnson’s excellent eighth Walt Longmire mystery (after 2011’s Hell Is Empty), Walt agrees to help the new tribal police chief of Wyoming’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Lolo Long, with an investigation, even though his daughter Cady’s wedding is imminent. Walt saw a woman, later identified as Audrey Plain Feather, plunge from Painted Warrior cliff holding her infant son, Adrian. Miraculously, Adrian survives, but the evidence points to murder, not suicide, in Audrey’s death. Suspicion immediately falls on Audrey’s abusive husband, Clarence Last Bull, but Walt isn’t convinced of his guilt, especially when the FBI shows up, hot on the trail of illegal drugs. Meanwhile, Lolo, an Iraqi war vet, is eager to prove she can do her job, despite her lack of police training. Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment. The TV series Longmire, starring Australian actor Robert Taylor as the Wyoming sheriff, premiers on A&E in June. 10-city author tour. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (May)

“All the elements his fans love are present: lively characters, easy banter, and, of course, a touch of the supernatural. In early books, Walt was less sure of himself, but, in his eighth adventure, it makes sense that he’s now the one “giving sheriff lessons.” This book fits the hand like a well-worn glove.”

Library Journal
No matter how innocent their intentions, trouble always finds Sheriff Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear. While checking out a wedding site for the upcoming nuptials of Walt's daughter, Walt and Henry are horrified to witness a woman falling to her death off a cliff. Luckily, the baby she was holding survives, but now the guys are hot to find out why the young mother died that way. They are also trampling on a new tribal police chief's turf, and she, Lolo Long (an Iraqi war veteran), overreacts accordingly. Walt, in his usual low-key manner, garners her begrudging trust and begins yet another mentoring relationship. Because it turns out the woman's fall wasn't suicide, and Walt is now helping Lolo find a killer. VERDICT Order multiples now. Johnson's magnificent last entry (Hell Is Empty) is a tough act to follow, and readers will find this title somewhat mellower. Anticipate additional interest when Walt hits the TV waves this summer on A&E in a new series called Longmire. Share with William Kent Krueger readers for the Native American themes and with Lori Armstrong followers because of her female veteran lead.
Kirkus Reviews
In the eighth of this excellent series (Hell is Empty, 2011, etc.), Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself out of his element, and not just because he's in Montana. More to the point, it's because he's father of the bride. Walt's beloved daughter Cady should have known better, so it's really on her that Longmire, feeling twinges of guilt and wishing he could be in two places at once, veers off to track down a killer instead of being at the alternative nuptial site as she suddenly requires. Audrey Plain Feather, recently returned from duty in Iraq, has gone off a cliff somewhere in Montana's Cheyenne Reservation. Longmire, who saw her "walk the air," has no doubt he's witnessed a homicide. On the other hand, the tribal chief of police has all manner of doubts, though mostly about herself and her ability to do her new job. Though she's been severely scarred by her own service in Iraq, Lolo Long is quick to spot mentor material when it crosses her path. She commandeers the visitor from Wyoming, who puts up only token resistance. Something of an odd couple at the outset, Long and Longmire pull together as the complex investigation deepens. Tough, resourceful and quietly funny, as always. No wonder Johnson's hero will debut in a new A&E TV series, Longmire, this summer.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Walt Longmire Series , #8
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5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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As my good friend Henry Standing Bear says, on the Rez, even the roads are red.

I was trying to pay attention, but I kept being distracted by the crows plying the thermals of the high plains sky; it was raining in the distance, but the sun appeared to be overtaking the clouds—a sharp contrast of blue and charcoal that my mother used to say was caused by the devil beating his wife.

“She must’ve stolen the cash register.”

My attention was forced back inside and under cover, and I twisted the ring on my pinkie. My wife, Martha, had given it back to me before she died so that I could give it to Cady whenever she got married.

I looked up—the negotiations weren’t going well. It would appear that Dull Knife College had suddenly scheduled a Cheyenne language immersion class at Crazy Head Springs on the day of the wedding. We had reserved the spot well in advance, but the vagaries of the tribal council were well known and now we were floundering. The old Indian across from me nodded his head in all seriousness. I was negotiating with the chief of the Northern Cheyenne nation, and he was one tough customer.

“That librarian over at the college is mean. I don’t like to mess with her; she’s got that Indian Alzheimer’s. Um hmm, yes, it is so.”

I trailed my eyes from Lonnie Little Bird to the rain-slick surface of the asphalt—Lame Deer’s main street being washed clean of all our sins. “What’s that mean, Lonnie?”

“That’s where you forget everything but the grudges.”

I smiled in spite of myself and took a deep breath, slowly letting the air out to calm my nerves, as I continued to twirl the ring on my finger. “Cady’s really got her heart set on Crazy Head

Springs, Lonnie, and it’s way too late to change the date from the end of July.”

He glanced out the window, his dark eyes following my gray ones. “Maybe you should go talk to that librarian over at the college. You’re a large man—she’ll listen to you. You could show her your gun.” He glanced down at the red and black chief’s blanket that covered his wheelchair. “She don’t pay no attention to an old, legless Indian.”

Henry Standing Bear, my daughter’s wedding planner, who had made the arrangements that were now being rapidly unraveled, sipped his coffee and quietly listened.

“But you’re the chief, Lonnie.”

“Oh, you know that don’t mean much unless somebody wants a government contract for beef or needs a ribbon cut.”

Up until this year, Lonnie’s official contribution to the tribal government had been limited to falling asleep in council. A month ago, when the previous tribal leader had been found guilty of siphoning off money to a private account belonging to his daughter, an emergency meeting had been held; since Lonnie had again fallen asleep, and therefore was unable to defend himself, he was unanimously voted in as the new chief.

“She’s in charge of all the books over there and she’s full blood—that’s pretty much the worst of both worlds.”

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“A top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery… Crow is a superb novel steeped in the culture of the American West.”—USA Today

Meet the Author

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

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As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Johnnyhairdo More than 1 year ago
ok, i read the first Longmire book memorial weekend 2011. it took me until labor day the same year to read the next six, and i just finished as the crow flies. What i am saying is johnson is a fine author and the characters within his books are awesome. i actually met Craig Johnson at a book signing at the local B&N in Littleton CO. He was funny and very down to earth much like his main character. I highly recommend all the books in the Longmire series to anyone that likes to unplug for a little while.
rangerrb More than 1 year ago
read all his books ,each gets better ,.keepem coming rb
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this series never disappoints! walt is working with a new chief of police on the rez to solve a murder that first looked like a suicide. the twists and turns leave you unable to figure out the culprit. walt even takes part in a peyote ceremony, very interesting! while he is solving a murder on the rez, he is also supposed to be planning his daughter's wedding. henry is the wedding planner. the humor is subtle, but it's there. another very interesting walt longmire story. if you don't take the time to discover this series, you miss out on some great writing.
bun More than 1 year ago
Just like ALL the Walt Longmire series(7) it's great!!
ElementaryPenguin More than 1 year ago
It's hard to review this book without giving it all away, so I won't say much except Johnson's storytelling gets better and better with every one, and you won't regret buying this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is probally my #1 or #2 out of the first eight novels...I agree with the other reader that these books are for anyone.. I don't understand how someone can give a book a glowing Review and only give It 1 or 2 STARS...RADAR...1102-2013...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both enjoy the Longmire Series! We're excited that there will soon be a new one out and the show is coming back on tv.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! Love the Longmire series, & this is the best yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just heard about this series from my sister on Thanksgiving and have now read all but one in the series and one of the short stories. Loved them all. I love mysteries and learning about new places and how different people live and these books hit all of those areas plus! Definite buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story, however, Craig Johnson, you need to bring your original characters back. My husband and I have read all of your Longmire books and fell in love with them. When one of us would laugh out loud, we'd say, "What part are you reading now?" Not so with your last two books. We miss Ruby, Vic, Lucian and Longmire's deputies. This last female cop is no Vic. Adding characters is okay but don't take away your original cast. They are the ones that made your stories great, and of course, your marvelous, creative mind. We are debating if we should continue to follow your stories.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "As the Crow Flies" by Craig Johnson was a good well written dialogue mystery. This author is able to show a meticulously well plotted storyline that comes together in this Wyoming/Montana Western setting. In this novel, "As the Crow Flies" Sheriff Walt Longmire's daughter(Cady) is getting married in two weeks and it seems that the area that had been reserved for this event....near the Indian Reservation is not available....so Henry Standing Bear(friend) and Walt are to make other arrangements...about a location called "Painted Warrior." They go to this area which is a lovely area with high cliffs....however Walt and Henry witness a woman that falls to her death....and the storyline picks up from there. Now, we find Sheriff Walt Longmire is now trying to help with this investigation into this persons death. Was it a accident, suicide or was she pushed? Walt is nearly killed several times and what has happened with the help of the wedding plans? Here I will say you must pick up this read and to find out! There are some very interesting characters...Walt, Henry Standing Bear, Dog,Vic, Ruby, Feds, Audrey Plain Feather, Adrian, Clarence and especially the new rough and tough Tribal Police Chief Lolo Long(who seems to have a 'chip on her shoulder...coming home from Iraq suffering from PTSD'), Henry Standing Bear and Herbert His Good Horse, head of Human Services and Artie Small Song, another war vet and his elderly mother, a medicine woman and I am sure I have left out a few. I wasn't able to detect who was the killer, so I was kept turning the pages until the end. It was very interesting to learn during my read about the 'Cheyenne Nation, the Old Man Chiefs and the Peyote Ceremony'..... simply some amazing writing. If you are in for a intriguing western mystery... you have come to the right place..."As the Crow Flies" will be a good read for you. I did enjoy this novel that was neatly wrapped up in the end and would recommend as a good read.
okayee More than 1 year ago
The Longmire TV Shows are wonderful. We have all the books in the series so far. Next we will purchase them as we can for our Nooks. I would recommend The Walt Longmire Mystery Series to Men & Women. Young & Old. Craig Johnson is a Master at Story telling. I'm from Pinedale, Wyoming I understand the areas he is talking about. The Characters.are like old friends. The Stars of the Longmire TV Show are as I would have pictured them in my mind when reading the books. All in All wonderful plots & skilled acting & writing.
Banditcat More than 1 year ago
Craig Johnson is from WY... so am I... he writes about country I am familiar with and it makes the books very intersting. Craig is a fantastic story teller on paper and in person. One of the best authors to come along in years. His books a full of mystery, humor and just darned good writing. I would recommend reading the series, to date, to anyone that likes western mysteries.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The thrust of this eighth Walt Longmire novel is two-fold. Walt and his sidekick, the “Bear,” also known as the Cheyenne Nation, are charged with arranging the wedding of Walt’s daughter, a formidable task for the two men. Meanwhile, they witness the death of a young woman, holding her young son, who falls off a cliff to her death (the boy survives). Was it an accident or murder? The event diverts the attention of the two, while they become involved with the investigation, although Walt is out of his jurisdiction. Complicating matters also is the fact that a new inexperienced tribal police chief is involved, and Walt sort of has to take her by the hand, mentoring her. While the story is straightforward on both levels, more important is the further insight into Walt’s personality, as he confronts the various personages with tact and psychology, especially his headstrong daughter and equally obstinate police chief. Recommended.
JWood43 5 months ago
An excellent story set on the reservation!
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Walt Longmire's daughter is getting married – but where … one choice of sites is marred when Walt and Henry Standing Bear witness a young local woman fall to her death during their scouting trip. Forget the wedding plans – what happened, or more importantly, who did it? “Longmire” fan favorite Vic Moretti pretty much takes this novel off, but the void left by her absence is filled by new tribal police chief Lolo Long. (These women are WAY too much alike to get along … now watch author Craig Johnson prove me wrong in a future novel.) I'll put this as basically as possible – Longmire fans know what to expect, and they will NOT be disappointed in this book. And people who are NOT fans of the Wyoming lawman and his crew – what's WRONG with you?? RATING: 5 stars. No explanation necessary.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
Longmire the show is true to the books in the same way that Midsomer Murders is true to Caroline Graham's books: the show captures the essence of the characters but takes liberties with plots, which keeps both formats fresh for viewers. The deviations between Longmire the show and Longmire the book-series continue to grow with each book; this book widened that gap. On the show, Zahn McClarnon plays Mathias, the Cheyenne reservation Chief of Indian Tribal Police. I personally like McClarnon, he chooses a lot of troubled roles so I immediately began imagining Mathias as a troubled individual with a backstory I ain't been told yet. But in the book, the tribal police chief is Lolo Long. She - yes, she - is an Iraq-veteran and new to the job. (If Lolo hadn't been such a firecracker, I probably would have continued to plug Zahn into the role during my imaginations of the reading. Her chip-on-the-shoulder attitude made such a presence that I wasn't able to swap them out, which is probably good because it's easier to keep the books separate from the show when I don't do stuff like that.) Lolo's a Lady Asskicker, probably the only female in Absaroka County who can go head-to-head with Vic Moretti and it will be interesting to see how these two get along in future books (because Vic stays in the background of this book). But, for now, Lolo's lack of experience spurs Walt into sojourning to the Cheyenne Reservation where he partners up with Lolo to show her the ropes as they try to figure out why a Cheyenne woman would take a plunge over a cliff with her baby in her arms, only to use her body in a way that saves the baby. Of course, it's murder. I guessed bits and pieces of the case but wasn't able to piece everything together until Walt did. One of my favorite things about this series: I love how personal relationships are drawn out over several books, making only brief appearances in each book. It prevents over-kill and this series, taken as a whole, is a superb example of how romances should be done.
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The entire Walt Longmire series is wonderful. Mr. Johnson has really created some wonderful characters, but I have to say that I guessed (correctly) who dunnit about halfway through the book. Maybe I was only able to do so because I have read so many of his books back-to-back, so I have absorbed his style into my intuition. The action in this book was still remarkably written, and the newly introduced characters such as Lolo Long were phenomenal. So this is a 4/5 star book for sure. I loved it, but it is not one of my favorites because the surprise just was not there for me like it has been there for most of the other books in the series.
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bakpen More than 1 year ago
I love Henry Standing Bear and he is prominent in As The Crow Flies. I sometimes find too much of Vic to be Too Much and Vic is at a conference. Longmire and Henry are the wedding planners for Longmire's daughter's wedding. Not their greatest skill. Longmire pays a visit to the Native American Church. Bizarre, well-written and funny.