The Dark Horse

Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-05-25
Publisher(s): Penguin (Non-Classics)
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Craig Johnson does an excellent job of blending history, mystery and humor into his stories. His textbooks all can stand on his own but are best appreciated if read in sequence. I found Johnson's writing witty and fun at times. The dialogue moved along. At first I didn't take to the back and forth of the storyline, but by midway through, I'd accepted it worked. I ordered this textbook from ecampus and I'm glad to receive it in time.

The Dark Horse: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


"It's the scenery-and the big guy standing in front of the scenery- that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson's lean and leathery mysteries." -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

With its stellar hardcover reviews-including stars in all four trade publications-and its riveting plot, Sheriff Walt Longmire's fifth and latest outing is sure to be the most successful installment in a series that has been garnering more praise and many more loyal fans with each new book.

Wade Barsad, a man with a dubious past and a gift for making enemies, burned his wife Mary's horses in their barn; in retribution, she shot him in the head six times. But Longmire doesn't believe Mary's confession. Leaving behind the demands of his upcoming re-election campaign, Walt unpins his star to go undercover and discovers that everyone-including a beautiful Guatemalan bartender and a rancher with a taste for liquor-had a reason for wanting Wade dead.

In The Dark Horse, Craig Johnson continues to develop Sheriff Walt Longmire's personality -- he's got a wicked sense of humor that can land him on the wrong side of things -- and to introduce interesting new elements and characters into each installment. Johnson's regional focus -- particularly his ability to evoke the austere, mysterious landscapes of Wyoming -- and a noirish attitude toward crime recalls writer James Lee Burke and the long-running Dave Robicheaux series. With a new deal from Viking following early independent success, Johnson, too, seems poised for a long career atop the genre.

Author Biography

Craig Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

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