- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 44 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: September 25, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001GS0QOU
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Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery Audiobook – Unabridged
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The plot is real, today and believable, to be able to keep a story moving is a great art.
Walt's habit of saving lives seems to date back to Vietnam, and this story is told by moving back and forth between Wyoming and Vietnam. The technique is absolutely riveting with plenty of fighting and near-death experiences at both ends.
The trouble in Wyoming begins with the discovery of a body, a young Vietnamese woman provocatively dressed. Coincidentally a Vietnamese man appears on the scene, with an interest in local real estate. Walt is suspicious, but he's got an excess of good suspects, including a gigantic Native American vagrant sleeping beside the victim's purse, two reclusive brother ranchers, one not quite right in the head, and a nervous bartender who's new in town.
This book is as great a read as Johnson's first novel, The Cold Dish. Walt and his team are up against one of the nastiest issues of our times: sex and drug trafficking. Post Traumatic Stress also comes into play and is sensitively handled.
In addition to almost non-stop action, the reader can look forward to lots of deft and witty repartee between the sheriff and his best friend Henry Standing Bear - and just the right level of sexual tension between Walt and his sexy female deputy.
It isn't all fun and games, though. Our favorite sheriff, Walt Longmire, is working hard at rehabilitating his only daughter, Cady, from the horrible injuries she sustained in the previous book ("Kindness Goes Unpunished") and the discovery of the body of a young Vietnamese girl along a county roadside sends Longmire on a journey into his memories of service in Viet Nam. His great friend and our favorite unreconstructed Indian, Henry Standing Bear, figures largely in these memories and we get some insights into the molding of their friendship. And for those who haven't already read the Longmire series, lest you think that Johnson has given us a white sheriff and his Indian sidekick, think again. If anything, Longmire is Standing Bear's sidekick, not the other way around. Make no mistakes - Henry is the solid anchor of this series. He even has some of the best lines.
For me, the high point in most of Johnson's books is usually his loving description of the desolate Wyoming countryside (OK, it's an acquired taste) but what has stuck with me in this book is his humorous and harrowing take on life as a misplaced Marine in the Viet Nam War leading up to the Tet Offensive. The book balances nicely back and forth between the late 1960s story and the present day story and doesn't deprive either its due development. And, as the stories mesh (after all, why has this young girl been killed on Longmire's virtual doorstep?), Johnson manages some serious social insights. Not bad for one book.
A final note: if you're ever in range when Craig Johnson is doing his book tour, take the opportunity to go see him. The man is a storytelling machine and the journey is well worth it. Just like his books.