“An Obvious Fact” by Craig Johnson


By Craig Johnson

Longmire fans will be ecstatic with this, the twelfth novel in the popular series by author Craig Johnson. For those who do not yet know (and that may be one or two of you out there), Longmire is a crime drama on Netflix that focuses on Sheriff Walter “Walt” Longmire.

This time around, in the middle of one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. Longmire and friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called in to investigate the hit-and-run that involved the young cyclist near Devil’s Tower. Devil’s Tower is a stunning butte that rises in the air 867 feet to its summit and was the first United States national monument, established in September, 1906—which makes for a very cool setting.

The two lawmen don’t have any clue what they’re getting into when they arrive in Hulett, Wyoming, the closest town to America’s first national monument, but it’s easy to see as soon as they get there that this case is going to be complicated to solve. Readers walk beside the men as they dive head-first into a mystery involving competing biker gangs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a military grade vehicle donated to the police force by a wealthy industrialist, and Lola, the real life femme fatale and namesake for Henry’s 1959 Thunderbird.

There’s a lot of work to be done to get to the bottom of this motley group at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in order to sort out the accident. And as Longmire and Henry get to it, the reader not only gets a great story but some wonderful history as well. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held annually in August, began in 1938 and has developed into one of the largest and most well-known events in the world. Both Longmire and readers will have a ball there.

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