Death Without Company

Death Without Company

Book - 2006
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A new Sheriff Walt Longmire mystery from the author of the acclaimed The Cold Dish With his debut novel, The Cold Dish, Craig Johnson proved himself a strong new voice in the realm of literary mystery. In his newest work, Johnson again takes us to Sheriff Walt Longmire’s Absaroka County, Wyoming.When Mari Baroja is found poisoned at the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Sheriff Longmire is drawn into an investigation of her death that proves to be as dramatic as her life. Her connections to the Basque community, the lucrative coal-bed methane industry, and the personal life of the previous sheriff, Lucian Connally, lead to a complex web of half-truths and assumed allegiances. As the specter of Mari’s abusive husband arises, Sheriff Longmire, aided by his friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and newcomer Santiago Saizarbitoria, must connect the past to the present to find the killer among them. Death Without Companyis a riveting tale of the unspeakable viciousness that can lurk in the most beautiful and unlikely of places.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780670034673
Characteristics: 271 p


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Sep 06, 2020

Craig Johnson's "Death Without Company" is a worthy sequel in the Longmire mystery series that continues the intriguing character arch's of the first novel in a superb fashion while at the same time giving more poetically vivid scene setting details and enthralling action with many excellent plot twists. The continuity of this novel off of the first entry in the Longmire mystery series ("The Cold Dish") is a joy to behold, by expanding upon character arch's and ongoing subplots Johnson successfully showcases that this is a series that readers will be encouraged and rewarded to invest themselves in. The supporting cast of new characters added in this novel are creative and memorable, they do enough to contribute to the overall story while at the same time not overshadowing the already established main characters. The plot twists are also a very strong and memorable part of the novel as they provide jaw dropping moments while never feeling unfair, instead they are all well thought out and conducted throughout the story. The biggest gain between this novel and the first entry however is that the action of this novel compared to the first one is a big step up in terms of intensity and in providing a faster reading pace. The faster pace is a welcome improvement in the series as the novel's action and plot-line provide a more thoroughly engaging experience. Overall I can highly recommend the Longmire mystery series to murder mystery enthusiasts, this is series where the characters feel down to earth and relatable, the action and plot-lines are thoroughly engaging, and the details provided give endless gorgeous imagery to behold.

Feb 06, 2020

Maria Baroja, Luciens Basque bride, is found poisoned at the Durant Home for Assisted Living.
Walt and Vic Start to fall in love.
Santiago Saizarbitoria is hired
We meet Double Tough.
Bear kills Leo with a tomahawk.

Aug 02, 2019

Walt Longmire series #2. Just as good as the first. Let this be a trend.

Jun 18, 2018

Five stars!! Good story, very well-told. Great and colorful characters. Crisp, realistic dialogue.
Engaging sense of 'place'. Walt takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'. I liked No. 2 in the series better than No. 1 ... Craig Johnson's the real thing! I'm in for the duration!

Jan 11, 2017

I enjoyed the second book in the Walt Longmire series. It was an interesting story going into Lucian Connally's life. I would say more but that would spoil the book! Onto book 3!

Nov 02, 2015


Aug 18, 2014

Great storytelling.

jeanner222 Sep 03, 2012

This second entry in the Longmire series picks up about a month after the last case (A Cold Dish).

The death of a resident at the Durant Home for Assisted Living is not just an ordinary death. Mari Baroja was poisoned. And she was worth a lot of money. And if that’s not enough, Mari had a relationship with Durant’s former sheriff, Lucian.

Who killed Mari? Why? It’s up to Sheriff Walt Longmire to find the answers and survive yet another complex and harrowing murder investigation.

I enjoyed this novel more than the first entry in the series. Now that the setting and characters have been established, Johnson is better able to focus on the mystery and the dialogue.

A promising series.

JeremiahSutherland Aug 07, 2012

This is the second in the series of books about the sheriff in a small Wyoming town.

It's OK without being especially interesting or thrilling. As with everyone in fiction land, the sheriff has his demons that he must carry.

I note that most of the women in this book are gorgeous and many of them have the hots for the sheriff.

There is now a TV series based on the books. Equally 'not bad'.

Jul 12, 2011

Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County in Wyoming and Death Without Company by Craig Johnson is the second book about his cases. This time, an elderly woman dies in the Durant Home for Assisted Living and every one assumes her heart finally played out, everyone except for one other resident in the home who is loudly shouting, “Murder”. Walt immediately seals her room and orders an autopsy, as this other resident is the former sheriff whom Walt trained under.

Once again Craig Johnson delivers a top notch mystery full of complex characters. His knowledge of the area shines through in his vivid descriptive writing. He weaves the story skilfully back and forth in time, delves into the background and history of his victim and creates a plot rife with greed and secrets.

This is proving to be an excellent series, and Death Without Company is a highly readable addition to it. All the characters that I met an enjoyed in the first book have returned, along with some new additions that help flesh out the story. I am looking forward to my next trip to Absaroka Country.

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