The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson; 2005; $16.00; 354 pages; Penguin Books, New York, NY; 978-0-14-303642-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 1/11/18-1/15/18

Why did I read this?  I had read the latest book in the series, The Western Star,  and I enjoyed it and decided I would read the series.  (As if I didn’t have enough books in my to be read pile.)

Sheriff Walt Longmire is wrestling with an over exuberant deputy, the populace, political forces, a romantic life that involves many different women.  The backstory is that there was a severe sexual assault on a developmentally developed member of the first nation, whose reservation is in the county Longmire is serving as sheriff.  At a trial the young men who perpetuated the attack got a slap on the wrist.  Then one of them shows up dead, shot from long distance with a Sharp’s rifle.  Many of the Sharp’s are owned by people in the county.  Longmire’s list of suspects is long and many are friends or acquaintances.  As the carnage continues, Longmire seemed to be assisted by ghost of the Cheyenne.  The ending is unexpected.

Craig Johnson is a great author who is a great storyteller who I look forward to reading more of.

Grade 10/10