Johnson, Craig. The Cold Dish.
Another author who likes allusion, Johnson scatters them throughout the novel, but the title says it all.
When the library didn't have Johnson's The Dark Horse, I picked up this one that Wendy reviewed a couple of years ago. The wiser course, because The Cold Dish is the first in the series featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire and assorted friends.
When a young man turns up dead, Longmire hopes it is the result of a hunting accident, but has an uneasy feeling that there is more to it. The young man and 3 of his friends were involved in the rape of a young Indian girl three years previously, and the fact that the young men received suspended sentences still bothers Longmire and many others.
Cody Prichard's death is a homicide, and Longmire needs to keep the other young men safe, if he can, and discover the murderer.
I particularly enjoyed some of the banter between Henry and Longmire, as well as some of the dialogue between Longmire and others. The old friendships and peculiar knowledge of personality between the characters helped lighten the mood on several occasions.
Having lived in Wyoming when very young, I enjoyed the atmosphere: the references to the Powder River, the Little Big Horn Mountains, Custer, and more. I remember the cold winters, the snow, and the fierce wind quite well. Revenge is, indeed, served cold in several different ways.
It is reassuring to know that I can continue my own association with these characters in future novels. "Um-hmm yes it is so..."
Fiction. Mystery/Crime/Western. 2005. 354 pages.