An Obvious Fact, A Walt Longmire Mystery By Craig Johnson

Oct 29, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of An Obvious Fact. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

A request from friend and new Hulett Officer Corbin Dougherty to investigate a suspicious motorcycle accident has Sheriff Walt Longmire and his best friend Henry Standing Bear out of Absaroka County and in Devils Tower, Wyoming. The neighboring Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and its million attendees already overwhelm Hulett’s minuscule police force, and the news that the crash victim was a member of the Tre Tre Nomads motorcycle gang could harken to an impending war between clubs. An ironic Tonto to Walt’s lackadaisical Lone Ranger, the vacationing Henry is instead more focused on reclaiming his 1974 trophy in the completely insane Sturgis Jackpine Gypsies Hill Climb.

bookEverything changes with the introduction of Lola Wojciechowski, the original Lola whose namesake has been passed on to those Walt and Henry love the most. Walt’s granddaughter was in truth named after Henry’s cherished ’59 Thunderbird, but the classic car first took the title from the femme fatale Henry hasn’t seen in thirty years. It is her son who remains in a coma following the motorcycle crash, and Lola is demanding their help in finding the people responsible.

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. Between fending off inept thieves, facing off against furious club members, and dodging the manipulative Lola, Walt has the chance to find the completely impractical Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, sold to the Hulett Police Department by the US Government, very useful.

This continues to be one of the most witty, suspenseful, and emotionally moving mystery series being written today. Readers will be laughing out-loud in the first chapter, and applauding for some righteous and rather forceful law enforcement just a few chapters later. Walt’s 150-pound faithful canine companion more than lives up to being the Dog of War, yet is somehow as adorable as he is menacing. Never to be ignored is Walt’s girlfriend and undersheriff Victoria Moretti, who descends upon Sturgis as only Vic could.

The title of this book is so clever that it reveals nothing, yet is completely central to the story. Craig Johnson stands out by masterfully creating characters for whom readers continually cheer, and he delivers moments that are often both funny and empathic. Walt and Henry Standing Bear are confident and physically intimidating, but the tragedies in their past can still render them uncharacteristically vulnerable. A gallant knight in a cowboy hat who stands up for the weak and any damsel in distress, Walt is the dry humored, dedicated, and noble hero for the modern age.

To enter to win a copy of An Obvious Fact, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “obvious,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 5, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. I’m going to have to tell my sister about this book. She and her husband are both Harley-Davidson riders and do the weekend riding! I’ve had the privilege of seeing Devil’s Tower, so the setting is bringing back wonderful memories to me! Of course, we didn’t have to deal with a murder! lol

  2. I would love to win this book! I am a huge fan as is my husband.

  3. Great author. Love his books and the TV series.

  4. This is a great giveaway. I recently went to a booksigning with this author, so I have already read his book. I enjoyed every minute and felt like I was right in the middle of the story. Make sure you enter this giveaway. You won’t regret it.

  5. i love Craig Johnson and Longmire! would love to win this newest book in the series! Thanks!

  6. great story, love the humor,

  7. Listened to the audio book, would love to win a copy of the “hard-copy”

  8. Sounds like another excellent Walt Longmire book. I look forward to reading it.

  9. Just found the Longmire series on Netflix. Now, I’m beginning to dive into the books.

  10. I just found the Longmire series on Netflix I am binge watching. I order his first book ‘The Cold Dish’ I am hooked. What a wonderful character driven series.

    I would love to win a copy of ‘An Obvious Fact’

    You mentioned, “Walt’s 150-pound faithful canine companion” this dog isn’t shown in the first two seasons on Netflix- I will be reading all his books to find when and where he appears. 🙂

  11. Would love to win this book … ?
    While I have not attended the Sturgis Rally I was born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this would be a fun way to take a mini-vaction home … ?

  12. I really have to start reading this series & I know my sister will enjoy it also.

  13. Love the books love that native Americans are a big part of the book and show Craig has great insight for the awesome stories

  14. Love Craig Johnson’s books and have read all of them but this one. Would love to win a copy! Mailing address PO box 49 Tumacacori AZ 85640. Longmire series on Netflix is excellent too! And Craig Johnson has a newsletter to which you can subscribe.

  15. Motorcycles & mystery what more can you ask for?
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  16. I love the Longmire cable show, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually read one of the books.

  17. Walt is one of my favourite characters. Would love to read his newest adventure.

  18. Can wait to read it! I am deathly afraid of riding motorcycles,
    but my brother has had one for over forty years. He has never made it to Sturgis tho.

  19. We have a winner!


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