The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
A Novel

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Introducing Wyoming’s Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies, the first in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit A&E original drama series


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.

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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
Published December 29, 2004 by Penguin Books. 380 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Crime, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Considerable assistance with the police work comes to Walt from Cheyenne publican Henry Standing Bear, the sheriff’s best friend and also a Vietnam vet.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Walt Longmire, the overweight, fiftyish sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, is called out to view the body of Cody Pritchard, who has died in what appears to be a hunting accident.

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Her husband Glen got transferred out to Wyoming and Vic had to quit her police job back in Pennsylvania to follow him.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Johnson’s debut novel, the first in a planned series, features middle-aged Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

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