In this outstanding first novel, Craig Johnson draws on his background in law enforcement and his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters.
Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County, knows he’s got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces one of the more volatile and challenging cases in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating (not part of overall rating): 3.50
First thought when finished: What a great beginning to this series. I am so glad that I picked it up!
What I Loved: Walt and Harry (his best friend) were two characters that I absolutely fell in love with while reading The Cold Dish. Vic was a close third in my favorite character category. It isn’t often in a mystery that I love and connect to the characters as much as the case. I did love the case and I didn’t guess who the perp was until almost 3/4 of the way through. Even then it was just a guess but it was fun figuring it out right along with Walt!
What I Liked: I liked how the main case was woven with a past case. I really liked the visiting of the Res and all of characters based there.
Final thought: The Cold Dish served up both a great case and a wonderful cast of characters. I will be continuing this series.
Audio specific review: George Guidall is a fantastic narrator but it took awhile for me to warm up to him being Walt Longmire. After I got used to him doing the voice it was fantastic. The pacing of the reading was perfect and added to the enjoyment of the story.