Nominated by:

Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Viking Penguin, USA

Hell is Empty

Craig Johnson    

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, has just confessed to murdering a boy ten years ago and burying him deep within the Big Horn Mountains. After transporting Shade and a group of other convicted murderers through a snowstorm, Walt is informed by the FBI that the body is buried in his jurisdiction-and the victim’s name is White Buffalo. Guided only by Indian mysticism and a battered paperback of Dante’s Inferno, Walt pursues Shade and his fellow escapees into the icy hell of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, cheating death to ensure that justice-both civil and spiritual-is served.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/Bibliobs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813, and Kindness Goes Unpunished, the third in the series, has also been published in France. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award Winner and the Mountains & Plains Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won The Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick and Hell Is Empty was a New York Times bestseller. All are available from Penguin. The next in the series, As the Crow Flies, will be available in hardcover from Viking in May 2012. Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire novels have now been adapted for television in the series Longmire on A&E. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Librarian’s Comments

Craig Johnson is a consummate storyteller. His literate form immediately immerses you in Wyoming’s wilderness in a sense that encompasses the wilderness of the soul.

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