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As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Craig Johnson

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Title:As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries)
Authors:Craig Johnson
Info:Viking Adult (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Craig Johnson's "As the Crow Flies" is a penetrating story of life on the Indian Reservation dealing with poverty and desolation of the inhabitants.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is looking for a place to have his daughter's wedding. He's with his friend, Henry Standing Bear, who is acting as wedding planner.

The novel was written as if we are viewing the action from the character's shoulders. It is very picturesque and realistic. There is a TV series about the adventures of Sheriff Longmire that has become very popular.

While Walt and Henry are searching for a wedding spot, a woman falls to her death from a nearby cliff. Luckily, her infant survives.

Each character is finely drawn with the list of suspects is long and Walt works with Chief Lola Long, Cheyenne Tribal Police Chief in looking for the woman's killer.

This is a well done story that gradually unfolds before the reader while keeping the reader's attention from the start. ( )
  mikedraper | Jul 19, 2013 |
Walt jumps from project to project in this novel. Cady is flying to Wyoming for her wedding, and Henry and Walt must complete the wedding arrangements and nothing seems to be falling into place. The wedding as the Rez is in jeopardy when the library needs to use. While Henry and Walt are scouting for a different location, a woman falls from a cliff to her death, but her infant son survives the crash. Dog becomes the infant's protector. Then a new tribal police chief is assigned to the Rez, and Walt decides to mentor her. As the investigation of the Indian woman's death heats up, Walt helps LoLo with the suspects and the victims. Virgil's revelation from Hell Is Empty is proven to be true. Cady rides Wahoo Sue, from The Dark Horse, to the wedding. I like that Johnson interweaves characters from the other novels. ( )
  delphimo | Jun 22, 2013 |
With Cady's wedding within our grasp at last, one wonders how Walt would have any time to help investigate a death on the reservation, one that he and his best friend, Henry Standing Bear inadvertently witness. When they meet the new Tribal Police Chief, Lolo Long, during a routine traffic stop, Walt becomes enmeshed in the investigation and a mentor of sorts to Chief Long, fresh from the armed services and not very well schooled in police matters. This story is full of humor and other Longmire eccentricities, even as the matter at hand deserves thoughtful investigation. Cady and her soon to be mother in law, Lena Moretti even stop by the side of the road in Henry's Thunderbird as Walt chases a suspect into a culvert, thankful to get a chance to remind him about an upcoming dinner appearance. Moments like that are ones that fill these stories with the nuances and characters that truly make us want to read more. ( )
  ethel55 | Jun 4, 2013 |
Enjoyable audio. Longmire participates in a peyote ceremony which was interesting. I suspect Lolo Long will become a new character in the series. ( )
  ccayne | Apr 14, 2013 |
Walt Longmire doesn't really want to dwell on the fact that his daughter Cady is soon to be married. But he and his friend Henry Standing Bear are in Montana where for some inexplicable reason Cady wants the marriage to take place. As is often the case with weddings plans are beginning to go awry at the eleventh hour and Walt and Henry are seeking out some beautiful locations when their peace is shattered by a cry as a young woman holding something falls from a cliff to her death.

The newly minted Chief of the tribal police Lolo Long is very short on experience, manners and patience. There are some minor and somewhat humorous brouhahas before she realizes that without Walt's aid she will lose the case to the FBI as well as any chance of finding the killer.

Walt is torn between his duties as a father and those of a seeker of truth as he tries to help Lolo out and teach her at least a little so that she will survive her job. ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
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The Indians survived our open intention of wiping them out, and since the tide turned they have even weathered our good intentions toward them, which can be much more deadly. - John Steinbeck, America and Americans
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For Marcus Red Thunder, who like Henry knows which way the wind blows
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I wanna know what Katrina Walks Nice did to get kicked out of a joint like this for sixty-one days.
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Please distinguish between Craig Johnson's 2012 novel, As the Crow Flies (Book 8 in the "Walt Longmire" Series), and Jeffrey Archer's 1991 novel of the same title. Thank you.
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When the site of his daughter's upcoming wedding burns down, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friend, Henry Standing Bear, witness the falling death of a young Crow woman and are recruited into an investigation that incites the wrath of the bride-to-be.… (more)

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