Death Without Company by Craig Johnson is the second Walt Longmire mystery. This is a very likable series because of its Wyoming setting, which is lovingly rendered, and its appealing characters: Sheriff Longmire, his best friend Henry Standing Bear, his deputy Victoria Moretti, and others. Death Without Company is tinted with the faintest hue of something uncomfortable and potentially supernatural while also containing exciting set pieces about people at war with their surroundings and nature. It’s very atmospheric and inviting for this reason. However, despite its appeal, I found the novel a bit disappointing. There are relationships and dynamics that seem significant at the beginning but which the book pretty much casts aside by the end. While the mystery at the center is tight and clever, the plotting of Longmire’s interactions and relationships were a bit unconvincing and unsatisfying. Some balance was missing.
Some Thoughts on Death Without Company by Craig Johnson.