Cold Dish by Craig Johnson is a fabulous beginning to an excellent series. Sheriff Walt Longmire is just starting to claw his way back from the black hole of grief, which means he is able to function in society but that is about the extend of his capabilities. After the brutal raping of a young girl, Longmire discovers that the assailants are being murdered. Now he has to determine who the culprit is, in a town that is already horrified and enraged by the initial crime.
Johnson creates remarkable characters that are funny, clever, and well developed. He has such a wonderful writing style that you immediately feel an affinity for the characters. It is so easy to pick-up his books and instantly get sucked into the lives of the characters. I have also been liking his main character, Longmire. He has a dry, sarcastic humor that often leaves me chuckling. His progression from overcoming the trauma of his wife’s death to being able to go out into the world and reconnect with people has also be fascinating. Not only has Johnson created memorable characters, but his stories are gripping psychological thrillers that will leave you wondering who did it. Also, if you haven’t already, watch the TV show based on the books.