Chris Nashawaty
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kindness Goes Unpunished

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Craig Johnson
publisher
Viking
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Sheriff Walt Longmire is a small-town tin star who visits his daughter in Philadelphia and soon finds dead bodies piling up like the tumbleweeds back in Wyoming. The cowboy-hatted fish-out-of-water conceit of Craig Johnson’s Kindness Goes Unpunished isn’t terribly original (see Clint Eastwood’s Coogan’s Bluff or Dennis Weaver’s McCloud) . Still, Johnson’s pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps. Kindness is Johnson’s third Walt Longmire mystery, and if he doesn’t come up with something fresher for No. 4, he should put the sheriff out to pasture. After all, I’d hate to see him move to Hawaii, grow a mustache, and start driving a red Ferrari in his next outing. B

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