Easy as A, B, C . . . from HA
We had the pleasure of spending Thursday evening (along with another 100 or so fans) with Craig Johnson, the author of the Longmire series of books. (Yes, as he pointed out, Longmire was in books first.) For those of you who are unfamiliar with the TV show and/or the books, click here for A&E’s website, and here for Amazon’s list of books. The error, as of tis writing, is Amazon does not include the 9th book in the series, A Serpent’s Tooth, in the list.
The first book in the series, The Cold Dish, was meant to be a stand-alone novel. Johnson didn’t feel any compelling need for writing a series. Not so the readers and, consequently, the publisher. They all wanted more.
For somebody who didn’t want to do a series, Craig Johnson has done a bang-up job.
Sheriff Walt Longmire’s beat is Absaroka County, Wyoming. Johnson is still a rancher in Wyoming; he’s extremely well-versed in the western culture and attitude. His scenes are vivid, dialogue is realistic and true to the area.
In The Cold Dish, 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 large enough to fill the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.
To quote one reviewer: If you’ve never read a Longmire mystery, get thee to a bookstore.
And, not being able to leave well enough alone, I must interject a comment on the TV series. I went and got the books after seeing the first episode last year. (I’m the sort who notices if something is based on a book.) We’ve discussed here a time or two about my attitude on casting in Hollywood. The good news is, Craig Johnson has the same attitude. The actor who plays Longmire is 6’4″ NOT 5’7″. 🙂 They’ve made some minor changes to characters (not nearly as ridiculous as the major changes made in True Blood). If you watch the TV show, do yourself a favor and buy the books. You’ll get a deeper appreciation for the characters.
See you day-after-tomorrow for Monday Moans.