Happiness in book form

Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson
Normally I read fast.
But when Craig Johnson has a new book, I take my time.
There are so few authors whose books just bliss me out. He’s one of them.
Several nights ago, here was the situation: I’m on the sofa, reading page 6, laughing out loud. I ask you: Does it get any better than that?
In this latest novel, which is every bit as good as all of the earlier books (can it be that they’re getting even better as the series progresses?!) Sheriff Walt Longmire has a situation with the town junkman and his family—and then someone dies, and it looks like an accidental death—but no. Plus, one of his deputies has given notice. And Walt’s daughter is engaged to a cop, so that’s making him all weirded out, too. In other words, we’re all set up for one heck of a story.
I’ve raved before. I’ve raved often. But truly, there is no other narrative voice that can match Walt’s.
In an interview on “Book Lust with Nancy Pearl” from last year (on October 8, 2009—the podcast is available via iTunes), Craig Johnson said that sometimes, at book signings, people will give him notes to pass along to Walt Longmire. (I’m thinking some of them are marriage proposals.) Anyway, the thing is: Walt seems so darn real—flawed and funny and just plain decent.
But here’s the thing: The author has given us wonderful characters, but he also creates tight, interesting plots and a sense of place that just won’t quit.
In other words, he’s got it all going on.

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Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

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