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Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.