The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) (TV Tie-In)

The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) (TV Tie-In)

by Craig Johnson
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The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) (TV Tie-In) by Craig Johnson

Introducing Wyoming’s Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series LONGMIRE

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

Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel, in which New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming’s Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.

With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143123170
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/2012
Series: Walt Longmire Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 46,194
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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The Cold Dish 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 182 reviews.
Mr52pickup More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and often look for authors I have never read to see if I like how they write. Craig Johnson's The Cold Dish was a very good read. I enjoyed the bookd characters and really liked the main character Walt Longmire. The plot had a few twists and turns which I liked and the stories otther characters were all very interesting. This book is the first in a series and I went and bought the next three series books because I enjoyed this one so much. I also gave the book as a gift to my brother who told me he really liked the story. I know a lot of my friends who enjoy reading would like this book. If you like a good mystery with engaging characters and a good plot you will like this story by Craig Johnson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that I have read in the past 12 months. James Patterson and the other famous authors should be reading it, to remind them as to what a really great book can be, with three dimensional characters, incredible atmosphere, great intimacy with the location and the characters, and the importance of character development and interaction over contrived action in every chapter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a novel I think you will enjoy. It had been recommended to me, and I am happy I read it as I found his style of writing very likeable. I look forward to his next book which is to be released March 2006. Try it, you'll like it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and great author. Creative story. Reflects Wyoming well and any one from that state knows just what he is talking about when he writes. Keeps you engaged in the story. Has great sense of humor. Entertaining from start to finish.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this colorful and amusing cast of characters introduced by western mystery writer Craig Johnson. Set in Absaroka County, Montana the story centers on Sheriff Longmire, his foul-mouthed deputy Vic Moretti from Philadelphia, and Cheyenne friend Henry Standing Bear, among others. Very strong characterizations, with hints at depths that a long series can tease out. Listened to the Access Utah (public radio) interview with Johnson as he promoted his fourth book in the series and was fascinated to learn his background in playwriting helped him to craft dialogue that relies on action or 'voice' alone to distinguish speakers. Works particularly well here. Very auspicious beginning.
jaxthedog More than 1 year ago
The Cold Dish is the first in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series. Great read(s)! Set in contemporary Wyoming, the land is as important to the story as the characters, relationships, police procedures... ...and the murders. Plan on laughing, sighing, pulling for characters and crying as you read through this well-crafted series.
J_Scaggs More than 1 year ago
Craig Johnson's The Cold Dish is the first novel in his series set in Absaroka County, Wyoming, featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire. It's billed as a mystery, but crime fans would probably be happier to put it in the hard-boiled category. This is not to say that the novel does not feature a mystery - in fact, Johnson's plotting is sure-footed, the clues are cleverly and subtly included, and the final resolution is well handled. The even better news is that the novels in the series which follow this one (Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, and Another Man's Moccasins) display an even surer handling of the mystery plot. However, the mystery elements almost take a back seat to Johnson's deft handling of his characters - Walt Longmire, a Cheyenne called Henry Standing Bear, and the rest of the Absaroka Sheriff's department. Walt, in particular, is the character who will keep you coming back to this series. He is a character cast in the hard-boiled mode, tough and vulnerable at the same time, but it is his voice, in dialogue as well in narration, that is the real heart of the novel. At turns humorous, insightful, and poignant, Walt's narrative voice never lets the pace of the novel falter, and his dialogue with his friend Henry Standing Bear is full of perfectly weighted humor.
If you're a fan of crime fiction, there's a lot to recommend this novel, and the series. Johnson builds on the connection between mystery fiction and the western established by writers like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, and gives it a twenty-first century twist. However, while the novels are set in the contemporary moment, there is a wonderful sense of history - both public and private - throughout the series. In The Cold Dish, it is this sense of history that lies behind the novel's revenge plot, as well as being revealed in bits and pieces in the backstories of the novel's central characters. This sense of history is crucial to mystery novels, as the past comes back to haunt the present, and Johnson develops it in order to add depth and feeling to his characters, whom he clearly loves.
The Cold Dish is well worth reading, both by itself and as part of a growing series. The characters, the Western motifs, the Wyoming setting, the careful plotting, and Johnson's fine prose all combine to create the sort of book that will keep you awake until the small hours, and will keep you coming back to the series as new titles are published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought Cold Dish to read because the A&E TV series Longmire was being promoted. I like to read the books before seeing the movie or in this case the TV series. This is not normally the type of book I read but I got into it with ease and loved the characters and the setting. So much I also bought book 2 in the series Death Without Company and read that too.. I plan on reading the whole series. I like the books better than the TV show which deviates a lot from the plot line which is to be expected given they only have an hour a week. But I am hoping the TV series will introduce Dog and Sancho soon...
t-ryan More than 1 year ago
I have just finished the first series in the set, and it is a great story line, full of twists and turns, Longmire is a laid back sheriff in a wyoming town, We are from wyoming and we can relate with every part of the story, you can't put it downand you just have to find out whats around the next corner. Craig keep writing about Walt Longmire And I have already started on the next series #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After watching the Longmire episodes on Netflix I thought I might like to try one of the books, so I started with the first. Here are a couple of observations: 1. I was three quarters of the way through the book before I started feeling compelled to keep reading it -- before that I was just basically using it to put myself to sleep at night. 2. The character Vic really has a potty mouth in the book, which was a surprise to me because in the TV episodes they manage to portray her as being tough and edgy without any bad language. Other than that, the book was reasonably clean. I probably will not buy any more of the books, but will continue to watch as episodes are added to Netflix.
pjpick More than 1 year ago
The first book of the Walt Longmire series (currently 5 books). My book club read this and we all gave it a thumbs up. It constantly kept me guessing to who the murderer was. What I really enjoyed most was the writer's dry sense of humor. I look forward to reading his other books as well and have bought this one as a gift for my dad. Other members in the group compared Johnson to Hillerman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the TV series but the book is so much better. Characters have more depth and the writing is intelligent and humorous and suspenseful.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Longmire. Walt Longmire. Walt has a cast of characters that both complement and challenge him, with Henry Standing Bear and Victoria Moretti receiving prominent attention. Small town life never sounded so good or so mystical. The scenes are painted to perfection by a man who certainly knows and appreciates his craft, the scenery of Wyoming, and the complicated relationships between two people that slowly develop over time. And that’s the way this book reads. If you’re looking for a mad race to the finish, with red herrings, carefully placed clues, and subplots galore, you’ll probably want to skip over this read. But if you’re looking for a mystery that ages like a fine wine, and only gets better as you move at a slow, steady pace toward the end, with characters so real that you can feel their breath whispering against your ear, you’ll want to race to the bookstore and grab this mystery, if you haven’t already done so. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading this series, you won't want to stop. Craig Johnson has created a group of characters that you will grow to care about more and more with each subsequent novel. A very well written mystery.
nana-et-al More than 1 year ago
This was my first Craig Johnson novel. It will not be my last. His writing grabs hold of you and doesn't let go until the last word is read. His characters are great. They're very human and each have their own set of quirks. I love quirky characters. I wasn't sure until right at the end who the guilty party was. I cant't wait to begin Death Without Company, the second book in the series. By the way the new TV series on A&E based on these novels and called Longmire is very good. Although I wouldn't have picked Lou Diamond Phillips to play Henry Standing Bear. But I'm sure I'll get used to him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and the characters he created. I live in Colorado and I think he captures the feeling of the "west" very well. The characters are rich, but sometimes a little hard to accept. I have read the second book in the series and liked it too. I will definitely keep reading this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author knows the territory he writes about. Makes the story easy to read. Characters are like old friends. Definitely recommend.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was hard to follow sometimes
Anonymous 10 months ago
I've read 9 straight Walt Longmire Mysteries. Perfect reading if you love a light-hearted mystery with a twinge of important history. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt stop till the last page when i started to read.Really enjoyed the book. Love it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had seen series on A&E found the novel just as good if not better Love all the characters
DrPopi More than 1 year ago
I find that I get bogged down in reading his novels by a plethora of characters and too much dialogue of little meaning. I finally get bored and lose interest in the outcome of the story.
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