Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of his first grandchild, Walt learns that the by-the-book detective might have suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice - Wyoming style.
©2014 Craig Johnson (P)2014 Recorded Books
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Huge fan; I want to make that clear. I have gobbled up all the Longmire mysteries and am in awe of George Guidall's narrative abilities. Love the humor and the interaction of the characters.
That said, I was a bit disappointed in "Any Other Name". For the first time in the series, I felt myself being manipulated here. One too many demonstrations of Walt's doggedness, one too many wounds in one too many extended confrontations, and for what? Would the man we know and love really put so many strangers above a frightened Katie in her hour of most need?
There are excellent moments. I just loved, for instance, the fog-and-snow storm that finds our hero unknowingly in the midst of a herd of potentially dangerous buffalo.
I'm just hoping for a return to top-notch form in Book 12.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Another great book in an excellent series. In this eleventh addition Walt Longmire, a Wyoming Sheriff, gets a request from his mentor and predecessor, Lucian, to help him conduct an investigation into the unexpected death of an old friend who was the Sheriff in the next county over. During his preliminary questioning of suspects Walt discovers that too many young, pretty girls have gone missing in this small town to be a coincidence. As his investigation progresses Walt starts to realize that this is not just about the Sheriffs death but is developing into a much larger conspiracy that is implicating a whole chain of bottom feeders. The clock is ticking on this one as Katie's baby is due any minute and boy if Grandpa Walt misses it there will be a whole new investigation into his own death.
All of the regulars are back Vic, Bear, Katie, Lucian, and Dog to help Walt tie up this mystery that is full of twists and turns, fast action and witty, humorous sarcasm. Craig Johnson does such a great job of keeping the series fresh and original so the books don't all blend together, each one is captivating and distinct. George Guidall is a master at bringing Walt and the rest of the characters right off the page, he never fails to elevate the listening experience to another level. I recommend any of these books but they are best read in order to fully enjoy all the nuances and innuendo's carried throughout the series. Can't wait to see where Walt's next can of worms will take us.
In the process of beginning a new chapter of my life and strengthening connections with my daughter.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is in a neighboring county doing a job at the behest of his friend former Absaroka County Sheriff Lucien Conally. A special deputy has put a bullet into his own brain and his wife; an ex of Lucien's doesn't believe that it happened that way and wants it investigated. When Sheriff Longmire begins his investigation he finds out that three young attractive women have gone missing in the last seven months. Soon the focus of his efforts is directed towards finding the three missing women. Two thousand miles away in Philadelphia his Daughter Kate is about to give birth to her first and probably last child. Walt's preoccupation with his crusade in Wyoming not surprisingly infuriates her and her threats rise with the impending induced labor.
Walt, his friend Henry and his Under Sheriff Victoria Moretti are present for the investigation and for the birth of Walt's granddaughter. Victoria is dealing with her injuries and the fact that her chances at ever being a mother are over. This is one of the better books in the series; though the long awaited coupling of Vic and Walt being delayed yet again is tedious. This is a five star work in a five star series.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Walt Longmire seems to get in the same sorts of trouble in every book; and encounter visions and spirits in particular times of trouble; but I still fully enjoy these great Craig Johnson books and especially George Guidall's narration.
This is a good solid story with lots of action and a good number of twists and turns as Walt solves the mystery of the missing women from a remote Wyoming town. Vic and Bear and Lucius and daughter Katie are all major players in the story and their intermingled relationships add much to it.
I for one have not yet tired of these familiar themes and hope that Johnson continues to write more of them.
Yes - will probably listen at least one more time. I have enjoyed several earlier titles the second time through and would think this would be no different. The stories are so entertaining and George Guidall nail the narration. Entertaining and fun...
I love the interation between Walt and Vic - so the exchanges between them would rank right up there.
Able to get me to visualize all of the characters.
When if became clear that things were not going to come out totally "fine" - that things had explanation - but that the explanation was not particularly pretty - and that there are bad people - and bad things out there that we sometimes cannot "fix" or "solve"
I did not give this book as high a rating as I have other Longmire's - I am struggling a bit with the whole plot line that continues from Serpent's Tooth. I also thought the overlay of Walt's grandchild arriving was a bit forced - as Henry noted - why not get on the plane - go to Philly and take care of that - then come back and deal with things in Wyoming.
Craig Johnson's way of writing a story and characters, and George Guidall's way of telling the story of those characters, make them an unstoppable team.
George Guidall was great as always. He's the best at what he does.
I am a latecomer to the world of Walt Longmire, I started reading the novels after I'd gotten hooked on the TV series and quickly learned that as with most TV and Movie adaptions, the book is better.
Honestly the only negative thing I can say about this novel is that I knew by the end of the first chapter who did it and where and how the central "mystery" would end. I love the world that Craig Johnson created with Walt and his "partners in crime" and enjoy the time I get to spend with them on their adventures, but as a mystery writer he leaves a lot to be desired.
Having read all of the Walt Longmire series within 4 months time I noticed a pattern emerge that doesn't necessarily "ruin" the mysteries, but it does kind of take away from the whodunnit aspect I enjoy about reading mysteries, but on the bright side, it does let me concentrate on the characters, and their relationships.
I am not going to spoil the story, it is very entertaining and there are a lot of moments(though I have to admit the way Johnson worked Henry Standing Bear into the story seems like he was writing the story and then about halfway through he realized that Henry wasn't in it and just kind of had him show up just in time.).
This is a fine entry in the Longmire series and finally gives Walt his Moriarty.
My other half and I are addicted to this colorful series of novels. We love the humor, sharp dialogue, twist & turns, and fast pace of these books. This novel includes coal cars, snow storms, physical injuries, hallucinations, and flying bullets. Where does Craig Johnson come up with so many ideas?
In “Any Other Name”, Walt is supposed to be on his way to be with Cady, his daughter, for the arrival of his first grandchild, a girl, but he gets roped into helping Lucian, the former sheriff of his county, with a new case. The case, however, is one that is considered to be a closed case in the neighboring county of Gillette and ultimately takes him to Deadwood, South Dakota in the Black Hills.
As usual, the case turns out to be much more dangerous and more complicated than Walt thought. At least he has help from all of my favorite supporting characters: Henry, Vic, and Dog. Plus Virgil White Buffalo makes a return with other new characters.
As his investigation progresses Walt starts to realize that this is not just about the declared suicide of an officer in the neighboring jurisdiction. It is a much larger conspiracy that implicates a whole chain of unsavory characters as well as those you would guess to be law-abiding citizens.
The clock is ticking and Cady threatens that there will be a whole new investigation into Walt’s death if he does not arrive on time.
I recommend any of these books but they are best read in order to fully enjoy all the nuances and innuendos carried throughout the series.
I've listened to all the Walt Longmire books and I've seen the TV series. The TV series just didn't cut it for me. Maybe it would have been better had I not heard George Guidall but The Cheyenne Nation played football and I'm under the impression that his character is a large man. And who could give a fair depiction of Vic on TV.
Like all the rest, I loved it.
Walt Longmire Rules.
True confession time. The mysteries always take a backseat to the characters and their interactions for me. I would enjoy a story where Walt, Henry, Lonny,and Lucian and went camping and did nothing bust fish and talk just as much as the most mysterious mystery.
Well, he IS Walt Longmire and even more so, he IS Henry Standing Bear. He completely ruined the television series for me.
Walt, at the end.
You won't go wrong with this series, but you'll get so much more out of it if you listen to it in order.
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