In the 12th novel in the New York Times best-selling Longmire series, Walt, Henry, and Vic discover much more than they bargained for when they are called in to investigate a hit-and-run accident near Devils Tower involving a young motorcyclist.
In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called to Hulett, Wyoming - the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower - to investigate, things start getting complicated. As competing biker gangs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; a military-grade vehicle donated to the tiny local police force by a wealthy entrepreneur; and Lola, the real-life femme fatale and namesake for Henry's '59 Thunderbird (and, by extension, Walt's granddaughter) come into play, it rapidly becomes clear that there is more to get to the bottom of at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than a bike accident. After all, in the words of Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Adventures of Sherlock Holmes the Bear won't stop quoting, "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact".
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Stugis, the center of the motorcycle universe, is the backdrop for this novel. And…therein lies the problem. Longmire novels are usually long on setting, where characters adapt to landscape, shaped by more than the mere antagonist criminal exploits of bad guys/gals. I remember when Walt, Vic and the "Cheyenne Nation" used to transform with your Wyoming settings and situations seamlessly towards a crescendo of bullets and personal epiphanies (not any more). And definitely not in this novel! In this novel nobody transforms…they just crack jokes…lots of them…most are mundane and puerile.
So what we have here is a novel where comedy and banal quips replace solid plot and compelling setting as if Craig Johnson just plain got bored feeding us (the reader/listener) with solid, tight, and sequential story lines that keep us riveted to our earbuds. Sort of like, "Hell, I got my TV gig so I am going to churn out a novel that's easy so I can keep my loyal readers watching my show." Feh!
I'll be blunt. The Longmire series is not even a close approximation of the novels. It's Bosch with a six gun and a big fat star on Robert Taylor's chest. The characters are too young and do not reflect the wisdom and personal experiences of the Vietnam Veteran Walt and Henry Standing Bear.
This Novel, "An Obvious Fact," is written for TV…flashy women, shiny motorcycles, fast car chases and weirdos of every stripe. We've been punked.
Goodbye Craig Johnson. Peddle this stuff in "Bring Cash Alley," where Dave Robicheaux's found his (and Walt, probably his) big .45. It's pulp.
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I love Longmire and George Guidall.
That said, I am getting the teensyest, tiniest feeling that I'm being strung along here. Though this is an OK installment in the Series, it's rather short, and the major, continuing story of recent books gets short shrift.
On the (plausible) theory that any Longmire book is better than no Longmire book, we loyal readers will take what we can get. This story about bikers in the Black Hills and around the Devil's Tower has the humor and the characters we have come to love, but the overall impression is of the "where's the beef?" sort. What we really want is a resolution to the son-in-law matter (fans will know what I mean here), and much more avoidance of this mystery becomes so much treading water.
Writers need money like the rest of us and time to develop their plots. But I can't help wondering how long we must wait (and how many more credits we must spend) to move the arcing story along.
This is one of my favorite series and as always George Guidall brings stellar narration. If you are a fan of the series, then it's worth a credit, but I have to say I didn't find this novel up to par. I think he lost me a little in the over-the-top feats of Henry Standing Bear and Vic. Johnson is taking their "awesomeness" a little too far. I can't quite put my finger on why this one didn't quite work for me - but I guess not every novel in a series can be winners. The mystery seemed a little weak in this one. Still, I'll look forward to the next novel.
I love this series and bought the book without a second thought. Craig Johnson and George Guidell are a match made in heaven! This addition did not disappoint!!
This was not a great book. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hanging out with Walt Longmire and George Guidall is like having coffee with old friends, picking up where you left off the last time you were together. Thank you Craig Johnson!
I keep fearing that the series will become predictable and formulaic, but it just gets better and better.
Craig Johnson always introduces some esoteric topic, too, thoroughly researched and presented seamlessly as part of the story, something I enjoy.
These characters are so real, so distinct... and George Guidall is the perfect Walt Longmire.
This is a book I truly could not put down. And although the ending is quite satisfactory, it leaves enough unsettled that we know we haven't heard the last of Lola and hopefully, we will hear from her son again.
Only wish Craig Johnson could write faster..
it's a long dry spell between books. George Guidall is, as always, superlative.
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An Obvious Fact is the 12th novel in the much loved and highly appreciated Walt Longmire series of mysteries by New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson. I listened to all of them on Audible after I discovered the TV Series on Netflix and I can say that I love Walt, Henry Standing Bear and Vic like they were my treasured and trusted friends. In May I reviewed The Highwayman and now I will tell you my thoughts on Walt‘s latest adventure…
Craig Johnson‘s writing is nothing short of amazing! He creates memorable characters, weaves mystery with interesting facts and wraps it all up in humor to deliver a fantastic narrative experience. For me, Mr. Johnson is one of the best writers out there…
In An Obvious Fact Sheriff Walt Longmire has taken a short vacation and he ends up in Hulett, Wyoming, alongside his best friend Henry Standing Bear a.k.a The Bear. As the two of them are well known by the local law enforcement community, Walt is asked to help with an ongoing investigation of a hit and run incident. Their task is not easy since at that time, Hulett is full of bikers that take part in the largest motorcycle rally in the world… Was it an accident or a deliberate crime?
I won’t tell you anything more about the plot, you know very well that I hate spoilers as much as the next guy… All I add is that An Obvious Fact is one of the funniest books I listened to in a long while. Vic will make her appearance as well and she is as feisty as ever.
Narrator of the Year 2015, George Guidall is back in Walt‘s shoes and as always, he brings all the characters to life with ease and passion, delivering a fantastic listening experience. I wasn’t able to stop listening, I kept the EarPods in for the entirety of the audiobook and when it was over I was left craving for more!
George Guidall is one of my favorites narrators and I love the way he delivers the Longmire series especially. He has a warm voice, like a good and wise grandfather, he reads, he acts and combined with Mr. Johnson‘s smart and funny writing he will make you laugh out loud.
I hope to see the main story of the Longmire series as it moves forward in the next novel, but, for now, I’m very happy with the two books released this year by Craig Jognson. If you are a fan, you’ll love An Obvious Fact and if you are not a fan yet, you will become one!
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Like the rest of the Walt Longmire books and short stories, this one was full of humor and intrigue. AND to top it off - George Guidall does another great performance in its reading!!
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