As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson

72%

21 Critic Reviews

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.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

On the heels of A&E’s blockbuster show Longmire—the latest New York Times bestseller in a “a top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery” (USA Today)

The recent A&E premiere of Longmire—a television series based on Craig Johnson’s New York Times bestselling Longmire Mystery Series—was the highest rated scripted drama in the network’s history and consistently held its viewers throughout the season. Its success has readers stampeding to the bookstore, making As the Crow Flies Johnson’s biggest hardcover success.
In his eighth adventure, Walt Longmire doesn’t have time for criminals. His daughter is getting married in two weeks and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals. He needs to find a new site for the nuptials—fast. Unfortunately, his expedition to the Cheyenne Reservation is derailed by a grisly death. It’s not Walt’s turf, but he’s coerced into the investigation by Lolo Long, the beautiful new tribal police chief.

 

About Craig Johnson

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CRAIG JOHNSON is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series and is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, and the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Visit craigallenjohnson.com.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Westerns. Fiction
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Critic reviews for As the Crow Flies
All: 21 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 17 2012

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jun 01 2012

The conclusion of AS THE CROW FLIES goes on without a hitch --- well, maybe with just one --- and the entire book is ultimately something that Johnson and his readers can crow about.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by PG Koch on May 12 2012

Solid landscapes, a mélange of fully fleshed characters (familiar and new), drily laconic dialogue and assorted power struggles...keep the latest in this rich and satisfying series on engaging course.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average

the routine murder mystery plot lacks suspense — what happened on that cliff and why won't come as a surprise to the reader

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Blogger News Network

Below average
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Jun 26 2012

While the elements are all there the read never comes quite together to really grab the reader.

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High Voltage

Excellent
Reviewed by Amanda Bard

This is a book that keeps the reader guessing with subtle hints often overlooked due to the enthralling nature of the book.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence on Aug 09 2012

With its rich and colourful dialogue, strong sense of place and fast changing plot development, AS THE CROW FLIES comes across in a very authentic manner that should appeal to readers of all genders whether western fans or not.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Aug 22 2012

Mr. Johnson is witty and conversational and I always feel like I'm right in the middle of his books, travelling along with his characters who seem as familiar to me as family.

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Mystery People

Good
Reviewed by Mystery People Scott on May 02 2012

Once again, Craig Johnson gives us a unique Longmire book with people I can’t wait to read about in the next installment.

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Tzer Island

Good
Reviewed by TChris on May 14 2012

As the Crow Flies is a better-than-average mystery written in an easy, breezy style that mixes mild intrigue with gentle humor. Johnson doesn't rely on chase scenes or machismo-laden heroes to carry the story.

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BookPeople's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Joe T. on May 08 2012

Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear might just be our generation’s Spencer and Hawk.

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Kittling: Books

Good
Reviewed by Cathy on May 15 2012

In eight books, he's never disappointed --In fact, he just keeps getting better. This man knows how to write a blend of mystery, humor, action and character that's impossible to beat.

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The Bowed Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Trish on Jul 18 2012

Longmire seems less like a western sheriff and more like some generalized representation of Justice in this latest in the series

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MBTB's Mystery Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Barbara Tom on Apr 25 2012

Johnson knows how to tell us a (tall) tale, and better than anyone else except James Lee Burke, he knows how to end it. He brings us to our sentimental knees at the end of his stories without bowing at the twin altars of schmaltz and ham.

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A Garden Carried in the Pocket

Good
Reviewed by Jenclair on May 24 2012

Craig Johnson does an excellent job of bringing characters to life, describing the settings, and pulling together tight plot lines laced with both drama and humor.

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Rabid Readers Reviews

Below average
May 16 2012

I believe that this book was filler to deal with the Cady storyline.

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Book Group of One

Good
Reviewed by Carol Wallace on Jun 22 2012

This could sound cheesy and sentimental but at the end of the book there is a limpid sincerity to Walt’s emotional reaction to his daughter’s marriage that, yes, moved me to satisfying tears.

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The Mystery Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by John Sheridan on Jun 13 2012

The dialogue sparkles throughout will plenty of wry humour included

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Something Good To Read

Good
Reviewed by Amy Dixon on Jun 28 2012

As the Crow Flies is a very nice mystery which struck hard on one of the key elements that, for me, marks a good book: I was sorry when it was over.

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Word Walking

Good
Reviewed by C.K.Crigger on Jun 26 2012

Enormously entertaining as always, with a Wyoming setting and characters the reader soon thinks of as old friends, the reader is sure to become a fan of this contemporary western mystery series

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