The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

Book - 2009
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In the sparse and rugged landscape of Wyoming, sheriff Walt Longmire goes undercover to save a woman accused of killing her husband.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2009
ISBN: 9780670020874
0670020877
9780143117315
0143117319
Characteristics: x, 318 pages ; 24 cm

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lendmeyourears2017
Jun 02, 2019

“I get asked sometimes what makes a good cop. Of course, typing is handy but really it’s as simple as noticing things.”

-Walt Longmire

With this thought in mind, Sheriff Longmire goes undercover through an unofficial request by the Sheriff of neighboring Campbell County, WY to follow up on some facts that just don’t line up in a man’s death and barn fire that caused the deaths of beloved prize horses. The dead man’s wife, Mary, is the main crime suspect but there are factual inconsistencies in her statement and the time line that keep gnawing at the sheriff. His undercover efforts are suspected early on by a hotel maid/criminal justice community college student, one of many unexpected “dark horse” reveals in this story.

In this novel, Craig Johnson again treats us to his wordsmith skills. Here are just a few choice ones: “Her eyebrow cocked like a revolver,” “…she squeezed a worm of topical antibiotic onto her index finger.” In your mind’s eye, you can immediately picture the image. The many turns of phrase in this tale keep the listener poised for the next gem to drop from the author’s mind.

The twists and turns this tale takes will keep you riveted to the very end. Take this story along on your travels this season

The reader, George Guidall, brings it home again in this Longmire mystery. His rich vocalizations add a sense of home, suspense, and urgency when the action in Absaroka County heats up.

It’s the holidays! Time to reconnect with family and friends. The Longmire Mystery series feels like both. Craig Johnson keeps the stories from this series fresh by introducing new characters, new locales, new situations, and by throwing in cameo visits from favorite characters in past stories. This works well as an able entertaining companion through the coming holiday weeks. You might be surprised where the Longmire Mystery series dark horse popularity will show up in your circle, I was.

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John_M
Nov 11, 2015

Enjoyed the read though the plot seemed a bit contrived to me. this is the second book by Craig Johnson that I have read and suspect it will be a while before I get another.

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Novel_Librarian
Nov 18, 2013

This was satisfying on several different levels:
- the mystery itself is well done; there's a seemingly straightforward, solved case that becomes more complex, leading to a bit of a twist and a satisfying conclusion.
- the characters are three-dimensional and engaging, both those that recur in the series as well as those just in this book. Not just the human characters, either: the animal characters have depth and personality as well. I felt both happy and interested spending time with these characters.
- the setting here plays a huge part, and Johnson paints these Wyoming towns in patient and loving detail.
- finally, the writing is excellent. Johnson can certainly craft a sentence.

The nicest thing is that all these elements feed into and off one another, so it feels very cohesive. Also, although this is the fifth book in the Walt Longmire series, it is the first that I have read, and it felt fine to jump into the middle of the series.

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seattlesubee
Jul 14, 2013

I really enjoy the Longmire series! I wish SPL had them all in large print, though.

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jtcampbel47
Sep 03, 2012

I am liking this author more each time I read another novel, hope there are more coming down the pipe

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IdeasFromKaren
Feb 08, 2010

A quick read. Try this if you like mysteries in a western setting featuring a sheriff and his best friend "Dog".

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