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An Obvious Fact (2016)

by Craig Johnson

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Series: Walt Longmire (12)

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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.… (more)
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AN OBVIOUS FACT Is the twelfth book in the series about Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. I have read other books in the series and have enjoyed them, as I enjoyed the TV series on AMC (now on Netflix). This book, though, is both good and not so much.

The good:

Craig Johnson writes very good dialogue.

Johnson includes lots of interesting trivia.

In AN OBVIOUS FACT, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle plays a part. I used to edit MRAP manuals for the army.

The not so good:

Not that a women can’t be tough, but Johnson seems to try a little too hard to make Vic, Longmire's undersheriff, both tough and feminine and expert at everything she does. She comes across as unreal.

All the bad guys are also caricatures.

Therefore, the story was a sleeper for me. ( )
  techeditor | Nov 11, 2021 |
I've been on a hiatus from the Walt Longmire series for a few years now, following the one where Walt sleeps with both Vic and her mother. I have nothing against porn plots, but a modicum of realism is always nice. That was ridiculous. It's the same reason I gave up on the eponymous TV series: it had descended into absurd familial melodrama more worthy of a soap than a police procedural. A shame, really, because the acting was above par.

So anyway, I had this one as an audiobook, and George Guidell always does a terrific narration, and I needed something to listen to while walking the dog.... I was pleased that the early sections had Johnson's classic humorous touches. The personalities of the main characters has changed. Henry, Walt and Vic are very different from the characters in the earlier books. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the stories, I just didn't have as much empathy for them as earlier.

"There is nothing more dyspeptic than an obvious fact." Sherlock Holmes. And know e difference between abduction and deduction. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's words appear frequently. ( )
  ecw0647 | Aug 16, 2021 |
A lot of complex action and character interaction. A good Sunday of biker week and even bike Hill climbing. A new dimension of Henry is revealed. Longmire is still in character but that continues to be a friendly character with a very personnel side. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Mar 20, 2021 |
Craig Johnson’s Longmire series has a large following, with a popular TV series on Netflix keeping fans entertained, as well. An Obvious Fact takes the laconic sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming on a road trip with his trusty side-kick, Henry Standing Bear, to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. This novel has one of the best opening chapters Johnson has penned!

The title of the book comes from one of the many Sherlock Holmes quotes that Henry voices, deadpanned, during the novel, to Walt’s irritation and chagrin (Hank “borrowed ”Walt’s copy of the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, you see). Henry takes his car, Lola, and his two motorcycles, also named after women, to compete in a race he won at a much younger age. While in Sturgis, the original Lola, whom Henry had a relationship with many years ago, approaches the duo to investigate a motorcycle accident that has left her son in a coma. During the course of this entertaining read, new quirky characters are introduced, droll dialogue is displayed on every page, and a complex plot is revealed featuring motorcycle gangs, a reality TV star, an ATF agent and a MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle named “Pequod” (Moby Dick, natch). An Obvious Fact was a wholly satisfying and entertaining read, and I am only disappointed at having to wait another year for the next title in the series.


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  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
Good read as usual. Nice plot with lots of twists. Keeps you wondering. No major reveals on the murder of Vic's brother or the hanging threat against Walt and both seem connected. Backdrop for this plot is the annual motorcycle rally at Sturgis. Actually part of the reason for being there, so Henry could test his biking skills in a dangerous event. Not to mention reveals on Henry's history with Lola, the namesake for his Thunderbird. And who knew Vic could shoot like that? ( )
  LJCain | Apr 15, 2020 |
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For my brother, Greg, who had his head run over once, which explains a lot.
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I tried to think how many times I'd kneeled down on asphalt to read the signs, but I knew this was the first time I'd done it in Hulett.
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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.

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