Tuesday, September 20, 2016

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson

AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson
◊ Series: Longmire Mystery, Book #12
◊ Hardcover: 336 pages
◊ Genre: Mystery, Western, Native American
◊ Publisher: Viking (September 13, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0525426949
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0525426943


          In the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series, 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
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."

What begins as helping out in a simple hit and run investigation soon leads Walt and his friends into a much larger and deadly quagmire.

Author Craig Johnson combines his fictional characters with factual events for a plausible outcome. Blending the world’s largest motorcycle rally with possible gun/drug running, rival biker gangs, a military-grade mammoth vehicle, and murder leads to a fascinating tale. Add to that the appearance of the female Henry named his ’59 Thunderbird after and things snowball.

This fast-paced story will keep you in suspense and stitches as the surprise twists and turns unfold. With Henry’s added bits of Sherlock Holmes wisdom, Walt’s way with the locals, and Vic’s bold approach to any situation and you’re in for a treat. Vivid descriptions by the author will cause you to feel you're in the midst of the rally and all of its activities.

Even though this is the 12th installment in the Longmire series, AN OBVIOUS FACT can be read on its own. New readers to the series won’t be lost, while returning fans will find some answers to longing questions about The Bear. A tantalizing read from beginning to end, you might just be surprised when you learn who did what and why.

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson, A Longmire Mystery (Book #12), Viking, @2016, ISBN: 978-0525426943, Hardcover, 336 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Are you a fan of Craig Johnson’s work? Are you a fan of the Longmire series? Which do you prefer the books or the show or can you like both?


  1. I have heard of the series, but never read or seen it.
    And am a big Sherlock Holmes fan. Have you come across Laurie King's series which features Sherlock and his wife?

    1. E.C., I haven't read any of Laurie King's series but it sounds like I need to check it out. A series that features Sherlock and his wife would be intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. This seems interesting. I don't recall seeing books involving bikers before.

    1. Medeia, normally this series doesn't deal with bikers. It deals more with cowboys, Native Americans and the (modern) west. The biker gangs were a must since it was set at Sturgis.

  3. I'm a fan of the show!
    Largest bike rally? Bigger than Bike Week at either Myrtle Beach or Daytona?

    1. Alex, from what I understand Sturgis is much bigger than the rallies at Myrtle Beach or Daytona. I had a friend that went year before last and he said it was unbelievable.

  4. I really like this series a lot, Mason, so it was great to see this one featured here. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :-)

  5. Hi, Mason. Yes! I love the Longmire series on Netflix - Jen sort of likes it. She thought it got too dark, but I'm anxiously waiting for some new episodes, and will probably watch some of the others again. Wish I had time to read this latest novel, but .... However, this book really sounds intriguing, so I think I'll look it up. Jen and I also love all the various Sherlock Holmes series, our current favorite being Elementary. Waiting for the new episodes on this too.

    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked my post about the brain injured poet. His poems really are amazing.

  6. I haven't really branched into the western setting. I've tried a couple books set there, but maybe I'm still sensitive. I grew up out west but in a very urban area. People constantly mistook our area for the wild wild west, and I was ALWAYS defending that it wasn't like that. Subconscious block there.

  7. I've not seen the show or read the books, although I know both are very popular.

    I know where Crystal is coming from. I grew up in Oregon. When I moved to Arkansas, people asked if we still drove covered wagons. LOL

  8. Hi Mason! I've not watched this series, but it sounds fascinating. What a great cover, too! I went through a western stage when I was a teenager and haven't returned to it, yet, but I'm open. :-)

  9. And thank you for having Write...Edit...Publish in your sidebar. We're doing a combo of CONSTELLATIONS and HALLOWEEN in October!

  10. Motorcycles and a mystery = FUN! Sounds like a great book. I've never heard of him before, but you always find the most interesting books!


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