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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
Author Craig Johnson has a wonderful way of pulling you into a setting in such a manner you feel immersed in what is happening.
In his latest release, ANY OTHER NAME, Johnson once again shows the lengths his protagonist, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire, will go for his friends and to see justice served.
Torn between his duties as a father and his loyalty to his mentor and former boss, retired Sheriff Lucian Connally, Longmire agrees to help Lucian repay a debt to a dead man. While his daughter, Cady, awaits the birth of her first child (Longmire’s first grandchild) in Philadelphia, Longmire and Lucian visit neighboring Campbell County. It seems Gerald Holman, a by-the-book lawman in charge of Campbell County’s cold case files, committed suicide. But his wife, a friend of Lucian’s, doesn’t believe it.
Even though it’s outside his jurisdiction, Longmire begins re-evaluating the case. Holman had been working on three cold cases involving missing women with seemingly no connection. That might not be true as Longmire follows leads to the tiny town of Arrosa. Longmire also wonders why a man would shot himself in the cheek one week and kill himself the next. With the help of his associates, Longmire uncovers dark secrets that some want to remain closed.
Once again the author combines a tantalizing mystery with tidbits of humor for a well-balanced story. The plot flows smoothly with twists and turns to hold you spellbound until the end. The characters are fascinating, likeable and realistic. The author’s vivid descriptions places the reader in the middle of the action seemingly so real you’ll swear you feel the cold wind blowing.
ANY OTHER NAME is the 11th book in the Longmire Mystery series, but can be read as a stand-alone. New readers won’t be in the dark, but may find themselves intrigued to find out about back stories. The characters have evolved over the series and readers will have a better appreciation for their growth having read the series in order.
This is a mesmerizing mystery you won’t be able to put down once you begin.
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