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Hell is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery    by Craig Johnson order for
Hell is Empty
by Craig Johnson
Order:  USA  Can
Viking, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Reviewers of the earlier Walt Longmire mysteries have been effusive in their praise: 'great characters, serious sleuthing' ... an 'addictive series, set amid haunting landscapes' ... the author's 'pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps' ... the novels are 'stunningly descriptive and compulsively readable.'

Now, with the appearance of Hell is Empty, the seventh in the superb series, reviewers will have occasion to repeat those comments and add one more: 'This is the best of the bunch!'

When the fascinating adventure begins, Sheriff Walt Longmire finds himself involved in a pulse-pounding search for an escaped convict. Relying upon his considerable skills as a high-country law man in Wyoming's mountains, Longmire soon discovers that he will need to rely in surprising ways upon an Indian guide with supernatural, mystical powers and a tattered paperback copy of Dante's Inferno.

In the end, as he must come to grips with the not-so-fine line between life-and-death, Longmire learns what Shakespeare meant when he wrote these words in The Tempest: 'Hell is empy and all the devils are here.'

The bottom line is this: Don't miss this one!

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