An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery (Hardcover)

Staff Reviews

Longmire, Henry, and Dog are at it again.  In this chapter of the Longmire Saga, the gang is investigating a hit and run that left a young man in a coma for a deputy from the Hulett police department.  It also happens to be the annual "Ham 'N Jam" motorcycle event that takes place after a neighboring town's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Upon arriving, the sheriff's first connection in the hit and run turns out to be the sultry Lola, a woman from Henry Standing Bear's past who is also the mother of the hit and run victim, as well as being the namesake of Henry's blue '59 Thunderbird, and the namesake of Walt Longmire's grand daughter.  In the middle of all this motorcycle madness Walt and Henry have to chase the clues before the rally is over, while the suspects have pulled up stakes to move on to their next stop on the highway to hell.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has an undercover agent in the area adding yet another spoke to the wheel of this mystery.  We of course can't forget that this is Henry Standing Bear's possibly last attempt to capture first place in the hill climb after winning while in high school in 1974.  Some people have dreams to chase in conjunction with clues.
Craig Johnson continues to delight us with his western mysteries.  I thought that the last book was the best yet, and I have to say that I am happily eating my words once again.  Everything about this book oozes the "do what has to be done" style of the Wyoming West.  There is just something about a random drunk biker with viking horns perched atop his thick skull repeatedly being accidentally thwarted stealing motorcycles that you gotta love.  Or the way that you can never comprehend exactly what Henry is thinking when he is talking to Lola.   The characters of this book are just so familiar that you'd think you met them at the pub that night things got out of control.  You also can't beat the culture of these old school sheriffs and police officers of Wyoming.  They might not do things by the book, but they always get their man.  Pick this book up if you want to have too much fun making the bad guy's day worse.

— Alex Ness

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, is now available.

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."
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: A Longmire Mystery
“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