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Any Other Name: A Longmire Mystery Paperback – April 28, 2015
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Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire’s eleventh case takes him out of his jurisdiction to Campbell County, near South Dakota. He’s investigating a lawman’s suicide as a favor to his friend, the crusty Lucian Connally, who’s along for the ride. Walt may be away from home, but when undersheriff and love interest Victoria Moretti and old friend Henry Standing Bear show up, he may as well have brought Absaroka County with him. Many of the elements here will seem familiar from previous novels, from the change of location (The Dark Horse), to the key role played by a vintage sidearm (The Cold Dish), to the touch of supernatural and visit from Walt’s spirit guide (Hell Is Empty), to the set piece in a snowstorm (take your pick). But while Johnson might be coasting just a little, all that means is that new readers referred by the popular TV show Longmire (the books have been appropriately rebranded) might be better served by starting at the beginning. Those who have followed the series all along will find no reason to stop now. --Keir Graff --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Bracingly ruthless and unsentimental."—The Washington Post
“Top-notch....Johnson's hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.” —Publishers Weekly
"Well-crafted...filled with endearing characters and nonstop action." —Library Journal (starred review)
"Once more, you can count on Longmire...for action both physical and cerebral, a bit of humor and romance, and a mighty good mystery." —Kirkus Reviews
“Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire’s eleventh case takes him out of his jurisdiction….Those who have followed the series all along will find no reason to stop now.”—Booklist
“[Johnson] has hit a home run....Indeed, this may be [his] best Longmire mystery yet.”—Wyoming Tribune Eagle
“Any Other Name is yet another fast-paced novel filled with Johnson's brand of Wild West humor and quick wit.”—Deseret News
“Suspenseful and always entertaining....The 11th Walt Longmire mystery is one of the best yet.”—The Oklahoman Review
Praise for As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson:
“Walt continues to be excellent company because he’s always keen to learn something from the strong Indian characters in this series…This time a wizened old medicine woman takes Walt in hand, guiding him through a Native American Church peyote ceremony deep in the woods…he [has] a vision that expands his mind and helps him solve the case.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“A top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery… Crow is a superb novel steeped in the culture of the American West.”—USA Today
“The pleasure of the series rests in Walt’s narration, with its laid-back, observant, bemused recounting of events…Solid landscapes, a mélange of fully fleshed characters (familiar and new), drily laconic dialogue and assorted power struggles—including Walt’s endless war with Rezdawg, Henry’s recalcitrant, falling-apart truck—keep the latest in this rich and satisfying series on engaging course.”—Houston Chronicle
“Walt’s voice lets readers in on his gentle and wry nature, while showcasing his devotion to bringing bad guys or gals to justice…Johnson enriches his narrative by using the setting itself as another well-developed character. Johnson’s Northern Cheyenne characters defy stereotype with self-depreciating humor and strength. Chief Lolo Long and Tribal Chief Lonnie Little Bird are especially well-crafted and appealing.”—The Denver Post
“Johnson expertly highlights his conflicted hero’s dual role as father and sheriff in this deeply satisfying installment.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“All the elements his fans love are present: lively characters, easy banter, and, of course, a touch of the supernatural. In early books, Walt was less sure of himself, but, in his eighth adventure, it makes sense that he’s now the one “giving sheriff lessons.” This book fits the hand like a well-worn glove.”—Booklist
Praise for A Serpent’s Tooth:
“Suspense propels the brisk plot, complemented by a sly sense of humor and a breathtaking look at Wyoming.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred)
"Authentic....The story moves at a brisk pace, with room for some good-natured humor and plenty of gorgeous Wyoming scenery."—CNN.com
"A tense, action-filled story with Johnson's usual touches of humor and romance."—Kirkus
"Maybe [Johnson's] best one yet."—Charleston Gazette
"Johnson employs his trademark humor, many literary allusions, a cast readers can't help but love and Johnson's obvious love of the land he's writing about. Readers will experience the West in all its grandeur while Walt battles the evils trying to encroach upon his beloved county."—Shelf Awareness
Top customer reviews
Sheriff Longmire is not in his own Absaroka County but is helping another county sheriff figure out what happened to three different women who have disappeared. There are plenty of suspects and unusual characters knocking about. Undersheriff Vic Moretti and Henry Standing Bear make brief appearances to help move the story forward. There is a particularly amusing scene when Walt and Vic are discussing a rather pompous FBI agent named Richard. When Richard appears again and Vic engages him in conversation, she delights in calling him Dick (Vick and Walt had agreed that he was just that) but he keeps reminding Vic that his name is Richard.
During one of Walt’s expeditions through the frozen wilderness he imagines a herd of white buffalo and having a conversation with an old codger named Virgil. We’ve seen Virgil in earlier novels but I don’t recall his connection with Walt.
Walt has other pressures to deal with. His daughter Cady is about deliver her first child and he has only hours to solve the mystery and hop a plane to Philadelphia. The clock is ticking as Walt narrows his search in an exciting drawn-out ending.
Well done Mr. Johnson, looking forward to more.
All have stories of their own. From the old sheriff with one let to the guy who keeps escaping from jail and ending up in the back of Longmire's truck to the one whose children pulled him off the roof as he was cleaning the chimney and dragged him down the road. Johnson writes with a wonderful subtle sense of humor. Dialogue is real and it's always interesting...no 'filler' anywhere that I can see.He's never smarmy, doesn't trade on cheap emotion or soppy stories.
Nevertheless, he's not afraid to take on current and historical issues...in particular the life of the Indian in the west (no, Johnson does not use 'Native American' and you will see why) and in one book Viet Nam. But he's never heavy handed, never preachy. He manages to get his message across in a way that incites sympathy without pity.
If you have a chance, listen to George Guidell read you one of Johnson's books...he has become Walt himself for me.
I really am not a gusher. And this is probably the first unabashedly wholehearted 'BRAVO' that I have ever given. But if this is your first Johnson book, I envy you the pleasure of reading the rest. You have a whole bunch of interesting characters (including a horse named Sue and a dog named Dog) and great stories to look forward to.
May you, Mr. Johnson, and the folks of Absaroca Sheriff's Office in Wyoming (it is so real I honestly got out my atlas to see the county was there) may you all live forever.
All in all I recommend this book and my wife and I are both big fans of the series. I do have two small criticisms; first, whenever Johnson feels compelled to take Walt to the spirit world where he has “visions”(usually induced by concussion or hypothermia) or whatever they are, I start to lose interest and skim through the pages. I’m not sure why Johnson feels the need to include this device in nearly every book but I don’t think it adds anything to the story and is frankly distracting. The other thing that’s starting to bother me is that Walt is increasingly taking a beating in every novel to the extent it’s starting to become cartoonish. In “Any Other Name” he is shot at least twice on two separate occasions, kicked by a bison in the head, and pummeled by miscellaneous bad guys and foreign objects. He absorbs ridiculous amounts of punishment and just keeps on going doing even greater physical feats of a perilous nature. He’s becoming like Bruce Willis’ John Maclane character from the “Die Hard” movies. Not that I want to see Walt using a walker but maybe we could dial it back just a little? Regardless, I’m still looking forward to the next in the series.