Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire 07) by Craig Johnson

I got this one as a gift from Tasha/heidenkind – thank you very much!

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Well-read and world-weary, Sheriff Walt Longmire has been maintaining order in Wyoming’s Absaroka County for more than thirty years, but in this riveting seventh outing, he is pushed to his limits.

Raynaud Shade, an adopted Crow Indian rumored to be one of the country’s most dangerous sociopaths, has just confessed to murdering a boy ten years ago and burying him deep within the Bighorn Mountains. Walt is asked to transport Shade through a blizzard to the site, but what begins as a typical criminal transport turns a bit more personal when the veteran lawman learns that he knows the dead boy’s family.

Guided only by Indian mysticism and a battered paperback of Dante’s Inferno, Walt braves the icy hell of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, cheating death to ensure that justice–both civil and spiritual–is served.

My impressions:

There is no real mystery in this one. We know practically from the very beginning who killed whom and also roughly why. Still the spiritual journey is what really matters – a journey guided by Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, Inferno and you can meet bears, tigers and lions on the way, not to mention Virgil White Buffalo. It was a nice journey but near the end I found it lacked sense.

I couldn’t understand one thing: the strange dedication to duty of Walt Longmire, the intrepid sheriff from Wyoming. He muddled through one dangerous situation after another just because he couldn’t stop himself. What’s more, he kept repeating ‘it’s my job’. Sorry sir, but it was most definitely not. If you had a death wish or you were suicidal it would be another matter; as it was presented you seemed just exceptionally stubborn and rather stupid, going all alone hiking in the middle of a snowstorm in the mountains and following a band of well-armed recidivists. I never understood how come  Renaud Shade, the psychopath extraordinaire, was such a magnet for our good policeman. I never understood how come Longmire survived at all.

Otherwise the book was good.

Final verdict:

A slow-forward chase with intermittent rescues and Dante Alighieri as a leitmotiv. It wasn’t bad – almost 200 pages of slogging through blizzard and I still finished it without problems. Still I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief so it wasn’t that good either.

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10 Responses to Hell Is Empty (Walt Longmire 07) by Craig Johnson

  1. blodeuedd says:

    Ehhhhh, it does not really sound that good

  2. Melfka says:

    Feels like another “Meh”. Time to go back to Simmons? 😛
    (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

  3. Carole Rae says:

    Some people are fools for no real good reason. But I am curious. I think I’ll add to my TBR and one cold winter day I may read it.

  4. heidenkind says:

    Lol You’re right, if he’d just given up when the blizzard started it would have been a much better book

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