Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson

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Wyoming's favorite sheriff braves a frozen inferno as he races to capture an escaped murderer.

Well-read and world-weary, Sheriff Walt Longmire has been maintaing order in Wyoming's Absaroka County for more than thirty years, but in this riveting seventh outing, he is pushed to his limits. Raynaud Shade, an adopted Crow Indian, has just confessed to murdering a boy ten years ago and burying him deep within the Big Horn Mountains. After transporting Shade and a group of other convicted murderers through a snowstorm, Walt is informed by the FBI that the body is buried in his jurisdiction-and the victim's name is White Buffalo. Guided only by Indian mysticism and a battered paperback of Dante's Inferno, Walt pursues Shade and his fellow escapees into the icy hell of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, cheating death to ensure that justice-both civil and spiritual-is served.

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 June 2, 2011 by Penguin Books. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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For Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire (Junkyard Dogs, 2010, etc.), the pursuit of a vicious murderer through a killer ice storm in the Bighorn Mountains adds up to a cold day in hell.

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At the start of Johnson's stellar seventh novel featuring Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire (after Junkyard Dogs), Walt and his deputy, Santiago "Sancho" Saizarbitoria, are escorting a trio of convicts through the Bighorn Mountains to meet a convoy of federal agents and sheriffs from neighboring coun...

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Reviewing the Evidence

On the job for more than thirty years, Absaroka County sheriff Walt Longmire faces one of the most challenging cases of his career when adopted Crow Raynaud Shade confesses to murdering a young boy ten years earlier and burying him in the Bighorn Mountains.

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Denver Post

Virgil suddenly appears, wearing the head and skin of a grizzly, and begins offering Walt cryptic advice on how to deal with a killer who seems to know what Walt thinks and what actions he will take.

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Mysterious Reviews

Though there are parts of the plot that stretch credibility a bit — there's a tendency to rely too heavily, and at times too literally, on Dante's Inferno for inspiration … though the book's title actually comes from Shakespeare's The Tempest — and parts of the storyline that seem overly dramatic...

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How fitting then that Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming should find himself in a mountain snow storm with a beat-up copy of Dante’s Inferno, battling the elements, violent men, his own limits of endurance, and mysteries of the mind and spirit — in effect, undergoing his own involu...

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It’s May in Wyoming and Sheriff Walt Longmire would like to get the prisoner transfer finished and go home as he has plans.

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Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Johnson mentions it several times - pointing to its hidden role in the book - and Walt later takes a look into Sancho's copy and stumbles across the opening: "At one point midway on our path in life, I found myself searching through a dark wood, the right way blurred and lost."

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