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An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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“Thrilling . . . Whether he’s squaring off against biker gangs or teasing out long-simmering feuds involving his closest friends, Walt Longmire is always the man for the job.” —Publishers Weekly
“Plenty of action, humor, and literary allusions drive the story to a bang-up conclusion. Johnson . . . never disappoints.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A Walt Longmire novel is like going on a ride-along with an old friend, watching him ferret out the bad guys with wit and humanity (and more than a few bullets), while we swap stories and catch up on old times…it’s An Obvious Fact—it’s good to have Walt back on the scene.” —Mystery Scene
“The laconic modern-day cowboy Walt Longmire, is a guy you'd like to have a Rainier beer with.”—The Oklahoman
“[An Obvious Fact is] one of his best Longmire tales to date.”—Austin American-Statesman
"[Craig Johnson] weaves in plenty of humorous banter, emotional bonding and deep characterization to bring his extended cast of Walt, Undersheriff Victoria Moretti and Henry Standing Bear to life." —BookPage
"No urban crime series is more sophisticated or more amusing than the Longmire novels when it comes to the complicated psychology of criminals and their victims." —The Connecticut Post
Praise for Craig Johnson and the Walt Longmire Mystery Series
"It's the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson's lean and leathery mysteries." —The New York Times Book Review
"Johnson's hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age." —Publishers Weekly
"Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he's witnessed." —Los Angeles Times
"Johnson's trademarks [are] great characters, witty banter, serious sleuthing, and a love of Wyoming bigger than a stack of derelict cars." —The Boston Globe
"The characters talk straight from the hip and the Wyoming landscape is its own kind of eloquence." —The New York Times
"[Walt Longmire] is an easy man to like. . . . Johnson evokes the rugged landscape with reverential prose, lending a heady atmosphere to his story." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Stepping into Walt's world is like slipping on a favorite pair of slippers, and it's where those slippers lead that provides a thrill. Johnson pens a series that should become a 'must' read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride." —The Denver Post
"Johnson's pacing is tight and his dialogue snaps." —Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
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For its dark plot, which involves drug and gun running, several murders, neo-Nazi groups, and frequent fights and violence, the book has a fairly light touch. The underlying sense of menace that is common in many of the Longmire books is missing in this one. Prior books in the series have place Walt in situations where the reader feels the peril that Longmire faces. In AN OBVIOUS FACT, Longmire almost skates above the level of that danger. On the other hand, the car chases with Vic at the wheel are thrilling and suspenseful, pulling the reader right into the center of the action.
Throughout the series, Johnson has done an amazing job of transporting the reader to the locations of his books. In this latest, he is less successful in this regard. Perhaps this is because the majority of the action takes place in the town of Hulett rather than in the vast expanses or the mountains of Wyoming. Johnson seems to do best when describing the state's landscape. The book is set in the area around Devil's Tower, and a few short scenes set near the monument build images in the reader's mind that the majority of the book set in town doesn't accomplish.
In the end, the Sturgis connection makes for an interesting diversion for Longmire, but it is not the strongest in the series. For those who are following the series, this is a quick and different read. For those who are new to the series, this is not the best entry point.
This review first appeared at reviewingtheevidence.com. Thanks to netgalley for providing a copy for review.