FIRST LINE: "I tried to get a straight answer from his grandson and granddaughter-in-law as to why their grandfather had been tied with a hundred feet of nylon rope to the rear bumper of the 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado."
JUNKYARD DOGS is Johnson's sixth book in the Walt Longmire series, and Johnson's showing no signs of growing stale. While his main staple of characters stay true to themselves, they also grow from their experiences and interactions with each other. JUNKYARD DOGS reflects the toll the first five books have taken on the characters as Walt pays a visit to an ophthalmologist to correct an eye injury from a previous plot and Santiago tells Walt he's handing in his badge and returning to corrections.
There's a comfort in knowing that regardless of what she goes through, we're still going to get plenty of piss and vinegar from Vic. Readers always know something is coming from Vic, but just what that something is is the great surprise:
"The Basquo continued. 'That's where and when the Aryan Brotherhood began, so I guess we have a founding member here.' He shrugged. 'They don't take to wannabes. If you bullshit your tats, they skin them off you with a razor-blade and a pair of pliers.'Johnson's cast of characters is unmatched and keep me coming back to Absaroka book after book. And their adventures are just as strong. The unique blend of hilarious ridiculousness with the insightful glimpses into human nature make the plots simultaneously entertaining and enriching:
Vic seemed only mildly impressed. 'Wow, the George Washington of Nazi fuckheads.'"
"It was a tough business coming to terms with your own mortality, and some people, once they are confronted with its face, never forget its features."I may be starting to sound like a broken record, but Craig Johnson never fails to make me laugh till my sides hurt, make me cry while my heart hurts and at the last page leave me aching until Walt and company return. JUNKYARD DOGS is another solid contribution to this outstanding crime fiction series.
As I do with all of the Walt Longmire books, I read JUNKYARD DOGS and I listened to it on audiobook. JUNKYARD DOGS, as the five books before it, is narrated for Recorded Books by George Guidall. The pairing of this series with this narrator is nothing short of audiobook nirvana. Guidall doesn't miss an iota of sarcasm and he is in tune with the rhythm of the characters and the setting, both of which are vital to the pacing and the tone of the work. I read this series before I started listening to it on audio, and I loved the series from the get-go. But when I heard George Guidall read Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear, Absaroka County came alive in ways I never imagined by myself. Guidall gave life and then some to the sounds I had created in my mind. Not only is the Walt Longmire series one of my all-time favorites, but this pairing for the audiobooks is most definitely one of my all-time favorites as well. It just doesn't get better than this.
JUNKYARD DOGS is available from Viking in hardcover (ISBN: 978-0-670-02182-6) and on audiobook from Recorded Books (ISBN: 978-1-4407-2048-2), also available on Audible.
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