Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Any Other Name

Title: Any Other Name
Author: Craig Johnson
Published: May 13th 2014 by Viking
Format: Hardcover, 319 pages
Genre: Western Fiction
Series: Walt Longmire #10

The case of three missing women and one contract on the life of Walt Longmire.

Just because Cady is due to have a baby in Philadelphia within days does not mean that Walt does not have time to help his former boss Lucian Connally solve a case. Really, how long could it take to find three missing women, discover the reasoning behind the suicide of a detective, chase bad guys into the deep snow, get tangled up in a herd of buffalo, get shot and beaten up, have conversations with dead people, race trains, bad weather and a coal chute. Really, if you have not been reading the Longmire series, you just have no idea what this man is capable of.

As Walt digs deeper, he is not sure what he is looking at. Are the women victims of a serial killer or is there something more unsavory going on. Dragging Lucian and Henry Standing Bear with him, he is determined to figure out this whole mess before he has to deal with one more panicked phone call from Cady.

The humor in this series is what keeps me coming back. Whether it is Walt’s self-deprecation or Victoria Moretti’s strong cynical stance or Henry’s “this is what it is” approach, I am entertained from beginning to end with this trio.

Walt is a brilliant man who glosses over his intelligence by making subtle comments as to how his father had a photographic memory and he got a slight touch of it. A man that leaves no stone unturned and will literally battle a blizzard to seek justice. A man that can find redeeming qualities in the most horrendous of people and at the end of the day just wants to settle down with his dog and a Rainier.

As the book ends, the reader is reminded of the escapades that were involved in a previous book “A Serpent’s Tooth” and now Walt knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that there really is a contract out on his life. Boy Howdy is this going to get messy.

As I have said in the past, the Longmire television program may have brought more recognition to this book series, but it does not hold a candle to the writing and humor that is found within the pages. If you have to pick one over the other, choose the books you will not be disappointed.*

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