Sunday, August 22, 2010
by Craig Johnson
With this series you have to work to suspend your disbelief, but it is well worth the effort. Craig Johnson creates absurd situations that, in the real world, are appalling. He makes them laugh out loud, tears rolling down your cheeks funny. His characters are Walt Longmire, the aging and pragmatic sheriff of Absorka County, Wyoming and his chief deputy Vic Morretti. Vic is a feisty woman that comes from a long line of cops in Philadelphia. Her language is not something that is found in polite company. When this book opens we meet George Stewart, the junkyard mogul of Absorka County. He has just sailed through the air, breaking off a mailbox because he was tied by a long rope to the bumper of a rusty Oldsmobile Toronado driven by his grandson?s wife, Gina. When she started the car Gina didn?t know that her husband tied the old man to the car?s bumper. Walt learns that this is something that George and his grandson always do for safety when George climbs out of a second-story window of the old Victorian house onto the snow-covered roof to clean out the chimney. Walt also learns that George likes to use a kerosene soaked broom for this project. As Walt talks to the Stewart family he learns that they found a severed thumb frozen in a cooler. The thumb points the way to more serious crimes. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the works of James Doss, C. J. Box, or Steven Havill.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department
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