In this outstanding first novel, Craig Johnson draws on his background in law enforcement and his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyomings Absaroka County, knows hes got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces the most volatile and challenging case in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all. We in the West have a major new talent on our hands. "The Denver Post" A winning piece of work, and a convincing feel to the whole package. "The Washington Post" Craig Johnson does it right, with style, grace, wildfire pace, and a sense of humor. Bob ShacochisJohnson, Craig is the author of 'Cold Dish ', published 2006 under ISBN 9780143036425 and ISBN 0143036424.