Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson

Genre: Mystery
Series: #6 in the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2010
Length: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Read by: George Guidall
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Back home in Durant, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire deals with a conflict between a developer and the family that runs the adjacent junkyard and dump.

Why I Read It:
This is one of my favorite audio series and I’m gradually getting caught up.

The Book:
From the Author’s website:

It’s a volatile new economy in Durant when the owners of a multi-million dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent Stewart junkyard. The notorious Stewart clan is an adventure unto itself and, when conflicts erupt, Walt, Dog, life-long friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Santiago Saizarbitoria and Victoria Moretti find themselves in a small town that feels more and more like a high plains pressure cooker.

My Thoughts:
I didn’t want to wait too long to get back to this series after listening to The Dark Horse and I’m glad I didn’t. I’m just barely over halfway through the series as it stands now. I’m hoping to be caught up before the next one is published.

As always I thought George Guidall’s narration perfectly matched the feel and pace of Walt and the story. Even though I watch the TV series and enjoy that just as much as the books, it’s George Guidall’s voice that is Walt to me.

I was glad to see the series back home in Durant. I missed the presence from the regular cast of supporting characters in the last book. Their ongong stories are as important to me at this point as the particular mystery in any of the books.

As usual Johnson manages to toss in moments of wry humor in the midst of the death and danger. Sometimes it’s because of the quirky characters and other times it’s Walt’s comments and observations.

The Doc walked me into the first examination room and closed the door. I glanced around and noticed we were the only ones there, that’s why I’m a sheriff, because I notice things like that.

With the holding cells filled to capacity, I was forced to take a nap in my office, which never works because everybody can find me.

Other times I’m just taken with the way Johnson words things

Marie tucked the baby’s blanket and folded her hands in her lap — if the little guy was colicky, he was showing no signs of it this afternoon. I didn’t make a conscious effort to talk but found words in my mouth with nowhere else to go.

This is definitely a series worth checking out if you haven’t. I’m partial to the audio editions but I’m sure they’re just as enjoyable in print.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration

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