She also continues to be the embodiment of many men's dreams between her looks, brains, language, driving and shooting. What's more, the timing works out in such a way that Standing Bear may be the victim's father, although he is unwilling to be tested and find out for sure. Kind of shocks me to say that, because I generally prefer the written form, and Johnson is a clever guy. A few things stand out in my memory of this book. Overall I enjoyed the book. A Sherlock Holmes quote seems suitable, since Henry scatters them throughout this episode. An older, smallish man sat at one of them with his hat over his face.
In the end, the Sturgis connection makes for an interesting diversion for Longmire, but it is not the strongest in the series. I've struggled with this one for weeks -- how can I say something I haven't before? Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he's witnessed. You can read the plot description elsewhere; set away from their home turf allowed Craig Johnson to focus on Walt, Henry and to a lesser degree undersherrif Vic Morretti without the distractions of the other series regulars. After examining the macadam road under the August sun and seeing no sign of any skid marks on the turn, Sheriff Longmire and Henry Standing Bear make the nine mile drive into Hulett. Not that the books after A Serpent's Tooth has been bad, it's just that, despite how much I adore the characters in this series the stories has not always been so fantastic that I found the one in A Serpent's Tooth to be.
The setting is Hulett, Wyoming, next-door town to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally just across the state line in South Dakota. And, Lola, well she was a real bitch and if I was Cady would I have renamed my child and definitely not called my car Lola again! Backed by Henry, Dog, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and the entire Moretti posse of Philadelphia police officers, Walt unpacks his saddlebag of tricks to mete out some Western-style justice. She has a bit of balance issues but it doesn't phase her at all. The mystery is around a motorcycle gang, one of whom appears to have been run off the road in a murder attempt. Johnson pens a series that should become a 'must' read, so curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride. This has become, and continues to be, my favorite book series. My favorite bit in An Obvious Fact are all the different names Walt gives Vic's rental car.
Longmire's longtime friend Henry Standing Bear joins Walt on the trip. And there is a mystery or two that is not really a mystery or two. Of course, the murder was mentioned since it has affected many of the characters in this book, but that about it. 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. You know what I make of that? In the shadow of the Devils Tower, Hulett is usually a very quiet little town.
Embarking on his eighth adventure, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn't have time for cowboys and criminals. Johnson evokes the rugged landscape with reverential prose, lending a heady atmosphere to his story. In An Obvious Fact Henry steps forward as his past and present are strongly intertwined in a mystery of murder, guns and drugs and lost lovers. Second, what kind of nut hooks up with a person like Lola? A few things stand out in my memory of this book. I love, love, love these books!! I enjoyed this newest addition, but I don't think it's as good as others in the series.
A winner will be chosen November 5, 2016. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he's witnessed. A nice whodunit in which Vic shows her marksmanship in shooting, Bear his skills on a motorbike and Walt his skills with driving something worthy of the army, and Dog enjoys himself and Bikers learn to respect him. Throughout the series, Johnson has done an amazing job of transporting the reader to the locations of his books. And he was completely nonchalant about it every time. 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.
He soon discovers that she has unwittingly become involved in a deadly political cover-up. While 99% of the Sturgis motorcyclists may be law-abiding weekend warriors and riding enthusiasts, that 1% will be more than enough to keep Walt and the Cheyenne Nation busy. He named his car Lola. After examining the macadam road under the August sun and seeing no sign of any skid marks on the turn, Sheriff Longmire and Henry Standing An Obvious Fact finds Sheriff Walt Longmire on the road outside of Hulett, Wyoming at a crash site. Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. It is real and I am loving the books. We meet Lola, the real person after whom Bear's Thunderbird is named, and whose son is the young man in question.
Craig Johnson's The Highwayman and An Obvious Fact are now available from Viking. Vic comes back to Wyoming, and injects her flair into the investigation and Walt's life. Instead, the resolve leaves the reader with a bitter taste. Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. There is so much information in a Craig Johnson novel, it is sometimes difficult to choose an element to emphasize: geology, geography, popular culture, Indian ways, and in this case … guns and motorcycle rallies.
There is a great beauty to the land and the life he has chosen to lead. Craig Johnson is so consistent with these books that he makes it really hard to write about them. At a time when we have reason to wonder whether our government is working for or against us, here Johnson comes to let us know that there are people of goodwill laying their lives on the line for us every day. Sheriff Longmire is long in the tooth, illustrated aptly by his consternation with mobile phones, and his comparison of a woman to the lovely Carol Merrill. Not only that but the biker is the son of the woman Henry Standing Bear once had a love affair with. The goal is to reach the top faster than anyone else, but most contestants end up tumbling down the cliff, injured and with destroyed motorbikes. 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.
. Longmire quickly has suspicions about the crash. Kate and Gowder are the Philadelphia detectives in charge of Mike's murder case. She wasn't convincing as the femme fatale nor as a mother. For me, the best might be that I discovered the name of a geologic formation that my parents had visited way back before I was born when they travelled across country in an early Ford. Henry spent the book quoting Arthur Conan Doyle to Walt's annoyance, and Vic shows what a badass shooter she really is.