A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson, narrated by George Guidall
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series: #9 in the Walt Longmire series
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 2013
Length: 9 hours, 26 minutes
Read by: George Guidall
From the publisher:
Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire has a more important matter on his mind than It’s homecoming for the Durant Dogies when Cord Lynear, a Mormon “lost boy” forced off his compound for rebellious behavior, shows up in Absaroka County. Without much guidance, divine or otherwise, Sheriff Walt Longmire, Victoria Moretti, and Henry Standing Bear search for the boy’s mother and find themselves on a high-plains scavenger hunt that ends at the barbed-wire doorstep of an interstate polygamy group. Run by four-hundred-pound Roy Lynear, Cord’s father, the group is frighteningly well armed and very good at keeping secrets.
Walt’s got Cord locked up for his own good, but the Absaroka County jailhouse is getting crowded since the arrival of the boy’s self-appointed bodyguard, a dangerously spry old man who claims to be blessed by Joseph Smith himself. As Walt, Vic, and Henry butt heads with the Lynears, they hear whispers of Big Oil and the CIA and fear they might be dealing with a lot more than they bargained for.
Well since I just listened to the ninth book in the series it’s pretty obvious that I like the series, author and narrator.
Walt Longmire is one of my favorite literary characters and I love the way George Guidall makes the character come alive. Guidall’s narration skills are one of the reasons that I prefer to experience this series in the audio format. I’ve read some of Johnson’s short stories related to the series but even when reading the print I hear George Guidall’s voice in my head.
You know, back when I was doing my initial training at the Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, Wyoming, long before either of you were born, one of the first things a crusty old instructor taught me about dealing with the public, and that would be you, is that we can argue as long as you’d like — and then I win
“If you keep running your mouths, I’m going to haul the bunch of you down to Belle Fourche and throw you in jail for interfering with a law-enforcement official and his sworn duties, let alone brandishing weapons in an unlawful manner.”
I could feel Vic looking at the side of my face; she loved it when I made up laws, and I could almost hear her wondering if there was a way to brandish weapons in a lawful manner.
Obviously I highly recommend this series and strongly encourage you to try the audio editions.
Rating 4.5/5 for the book
Rating 4.5/5 for the narration