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An Obvious Fact (Hardcover)

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Craig Johnson’s next full Longmire novel An Obvious Fact is one of the lighter stories in this favorite series.  Walt never ends up in the hospital, no icy glares from Ruby or Dorothy. Walt’s biggest problem is Henry’s continual quoting Sherlock Holmes since he’s borrowed a big volume of the stories from Walt’s cabin.

Walt and Henry (and Dog, of course) have traveled up to the territory of the Devil’s Tower at the time of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally over in South Dakota. A rider has gone off the bend of an isolated highway and the local cops ask for Walt’s help. That’s the easy part. The hard part? Ever wondered who Henry named his car after? We finally get to meet Lola.

Bikers, neo-Nazis, a huge, white military vehicle Walt dubs the Pequod, Vic kicking ass in a skeet-shooting competition… all great fun.

It does leave me wondering what’s next. His pattern has been to follow a lighter story with a deadly serious book. This book is set in August. The next will be in Autumn, as Winter nears. Cue the ominous bass notes….

— JB

Anyone who's met Craig Johnson or read any of the Longmire books knows he's a natural born storyteller. He just can't help it - he leans back and an ordinary trip to the grocery store can become a tale of high adventure, guaranteed to keep you enthralled and chuckling. So I knew that his latest offering, An Obvious Fact would be a grand story and indeed it is.

Without giving too much away, Walt, Henry and Dog end up in Sturgis for the annual massive motorcycle rally, partly for Henry to see if he can reclaim an old title and partly look into a motorcycle mishap that has left a young man badly injured. But of course nothing's quite that easy, and suffice it to say that events range from Sherlock Holmes to the "Dukes of Hazzard", and the game is definitely afoot. Well, or on wheels.

Moment of honesty here - for me, An Obvious Fact was a fun book, but I don't think it's one of Craig Johnson's best. I can't decide if it's simply one of those books that didn't quite gel for me (completely possible, added into the mix that I've got a really nasty cold right now), or if it's been influenced a hair too much by TV, since it seemed to be more action oriented in a visual way. Dunno. But there you go.

Now, that being said, I read it all in one sitting, so make no mistake, a book that maybe isn't hitting on all cylinders for Craig Johnson is still an amazing and absorbing book! Like I said, the man's a natural-born storyteller, so An Obvious Fact is one helluva tale! Besides, we get to meet the original Lola, and she's absolutely worth the trip!

And who knows, when I get my finished copy and I'm past this cold, I could discover that whatever didn't quite work for me today will ring clear as a bell then! The man is magic!

— Fran


In the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire, Walt, Henry, and Vic discover much more than they bargained for when they are called in to investigate a hit-and-run accident involving a young motorcyclist near Devils Tower

Craig Johnson's new novel, The Western Star, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.

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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525426943
ISBN-10: 0525426949
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Longmire Mysteries