Another Man's Moccasins

by Craig Johnson

Paperback, 2009

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MYST JOH

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Penguin Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages

Description

Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: The fourth Longmire novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Land of Wolves   Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. Parker will love the fourth mystery in New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson??s award-winning Longmire Mystery series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit drama series now streaming on Netflix. It delivers more of the taut prose, engrossing characters, beautiful Wyoming setting, and satisfying depth that reviewers have been hailing since his first book, The Cold Dish. In Another Man's Moccasins, the body of a Vietnamese woman dumped along the Wyoming interstate opens a baffling case for Sheriff Longmire, whose only suspect is a Crow Indian with a troubled past. But things get even stranger when a photograph turns up in the victim??s purse that ties her murder to one from Longmire??s past??a case he tackled as a Marine Corps investigator forty years earlier in V… (more)

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LibraryThing member Condorena
When a young Vietnamese woman is found dead in a culvert in Absoroka county Sheriff Walt Longmire is stunned to find that she has a picture of him in a bar at a piano taken when he was in the marines and serving as an investigator during the war. Despite what many might think about his possible
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relationship with this girl his main concern is to find out why she was here. Longmire begins to have flashbacks of a memory sort and relieves in what he calls daydreams his time in Vietnam.

Near the body of the girl a giant Indian is found sleeping in drainage pipe. With great difficulty he is taken into custody as the main suspect in the murder. The picture of what happened is so murky that the Sheriff has to pursue more and better leads to get the answers he is looking for.

Craig Johnson tells a beautiful story as he continues with his strong series. I have read it before and I will read it again!
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LibraryThing member DeltaQueen50
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson is the 4th book in the Walt Longmire series. Walt is the sheriff in Wyoming’s Absaroka Country, but the appeal of this series goes far beyond the crimes that he investigates. These are books where the mystery comes second to just being with the
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characters in this special corner of Wyoming. You find yourself wanting to simply drive around in the truck with Walt and his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, or just hang out at the sheriff’s office with Vic. Ruby and Dog.

In Another Man’s Moccasins, Walt is drawn back into his past when the body of a young Vietnamese woman is found at the side of road and in her purse is a photograph of a young Walt with a bargirl that he met while serving in Viet Nam. As Walt moves toward solving the current day mystery, he also appears to resolve some issues from his past in Viet Nam. I’ve seen where some people thought that this delving into Walt’s past was disrupting and took away from the flow of the book, but I quite enjoyed the parts that were set in Viet Nam and this glimpse of the younger, idealistic man.

I found Another Man’s Moccasins to be a thoroughly absorbing read and loved visiting with Walt and his cronies. Walt Longmire has his weaknesses and can be a trifle thick when it comes to discerning the motives of women, but to me with his stand-tall attitude and cynical sensitivity, he is a hero and I look forward to reading more about him and Absaroka Country in the future.
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LibraryThing member crazybatcow
This is another excellent instalment in the life and times of Walt Longmire. In this book, we actually get to see some of Walt's past - his time in Vietnam. And we learn more about him, and why he and Bear are so close. We also learn a lot about what motivates Walt to be the way he is in these
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books (justice-seeking, upright, willing to bend the rules a bit if he has to).

I don't know how "believable" the premise of the modern day story is, but it was very well written, and we care about all the characters, even those who are only "passing through" the storyline (i.e. we likely won't see them again in Walt's world).

There is just enough mention of Native American life to indicate how that life must be, but not so much that we feel we are being lectured, or that the author is trying to make us feel sorry for/guilty about the situation (even though this might be the state we end up in, it doesn't feel like Johnson is moralizing to get us there).

All in all I think it is my favourite in the series so far, most likely because we learn a lot about Walt's past, and how that has made him into the man he is today.
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LibraryThing member jamespurcell
Excellent weaving of Vietnam flashbacks into a good current day mystery plot. Add a few very large Indians, a white man who has visions and whose dead mother still makes his coffee, a profane, competent and very attractive deputy; all back grounded by being placed in a rural Wyoming county
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demonstrate why this series just keeps getting better.
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LibraryThing member addunn3
Walt solves the mystery of a murdered Vietnamese girl as he relives his Vietnam war experiences. I enjoyed reading the book, more for the interchanges between interesting characters than the plot.
LibraryThing member jenforbus
ANOTHER MAN'S MOCCASINS, the fourth book in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, finds Walt looking back at his experiences in Vietnam after a Vietnamese woman is found murdered in Absaroka County. Two murder investigations, forty years apart, play out as the novel oscillates back and forth
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between 1960s Vietnam and present-day Wyoming.

In present-day Wyoming the Vietnamese woman is found dead along the interstate and Virgil White Buffalo is living in culvert in the same vicinity. Virgil is also in possession of the woman's purse. However, Walt isn't convinced that Virgil killed the woman.

In 1960s Vietnam, Walt is a Marine investigator sent to Tan Son Nhut to investigate a possible drug operation: a soldier had died of a drug overdose on a chopper out of that base. While there, Walt befriends Mai Kim. It is determined that Mai Kim is somehow connected to the dead woman found in Wyoming because of the picture the dead woman is carrying around in her purse. Walt's task in present-day Wyoming is to solve the murder and find the connection.

Craig Johnson's gift of developing characters that readers can connect with only seems to grow stronger with each book he writes. In ANOTHER MAN'S MOCCASINS we see a new dimension in Walt. As in KINDNESS GOES UNPUNISHED we saw a deeper and closer look at Walt's connection to his family, in AMM we are privy to that deeper, closer look at Walt's past, adding another layer to an already dynamic character.

Also adding to Walt's layers is his relationship with Vic. The emotions he battles internally in regards to Vic continue to define the character most of us have grown to love. Walt also deals with internal conflict when it comes to his daughter Cady who is in Wyoming while she rehabs. His insecurities dealing with both women reveal the human-ness in Walt. Those insecurities help make Walt real and allow readers to connect with him, sympathize and empathize. I also think they are what draw folks to ask Johnson for Walt's phone number!

ANOTHER MAN'S MOCCASINS is filled with Johnson's signature humor and heart-wrenching emotion.

Simply put Craig Johnson has written another exquisite book. His knack for capturing the extraordinary in what might otherwise be considered ordinary is spot on. His characters don't need to have super-hero strength or MENSA IQ levels. Instead Johnson creates the everyday heroes so perfectly that we believe they truly must exist somewhere outside the pages of his books. If you have not picked up one of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire books, treat yourself to a reading experience unlike no other, just don't expect Walt and gang to remain on the pages of the book once you close the covers. They will be with you for a long time after.

I listened to ANOTHER MAN'S MOCCASINS on audio book as I drove to Pennsylvania for Craig Johnson's book event. It was again read by George Guidall, who has read the previous three books as well. I have compared Guidall's readings of the Walt Longmire series to Mark Hammer's readings of the Dave Robicheaux series. Guidall's voice will forever be Walt's voice in my mind. He's simply perfect for the role. What makes him exceptional, however, is his knack with Johnson's humor. I was in tears when Vic was acting like an Asian prostitute, and that was largely due to Guidall's reading of the scene. Guidall also sets the tempo perfectly to what the scene demands, especially when he's reading for Henry; he's never overly dramatic and he never misses the sarcasm. It is a treat to listen to Guidall read a Walt Longmire novel. So, go ahead, indulge!
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LibraryThing member ethel55
A murdered young girl, discovered on the side of the road near Powder Junction leads Walt Longmire on a journey in both the present and the past. Although a suspect was found nearby, Walt doesn't think he's involved. While searching down clues on this death in Wyoming, we are brought back to
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Vietnam, shortly before Tet, and a young Walt Longmire during one of his Marine investigations. Johnson weaves together both mysteries quite well and as usual, I can't wait for the next one.
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LibraryThing member SunnySD
A dead Vietnamese girl dumped along the highway, and a huge Vietnam vet living in a culvert send Sheriff Walter Longmire on a mental trip back to humid jungle days a piano in a bar, and another young Vietnamese woman who ended up dead.

Flashbacks I didn't mind - this series just continues to get
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better.
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LibraryThing member delphimo
As I have mentioned before, I have been mildly surprised by the Walt Longmire series set in Wyoming. I strongly disliked the first book, A Cold Dish, but have found that each book holds a different treasure. This novel focuses on current day Wyoming and Viet Nam in 1968. The two stories are drawn
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together when a Vietnamese young woman is found murdered. A seven-foot tall Crow Indian by the name of Virgil is being held as the suspect. The story takes many twists and turns. Cady, Walt's daughter has returned to Wyoming after her severe injuries received in Philadelphia. Henry, Sancho, and Walt have left her needing much physical rehabilitation. Henry, Sancho, and Walt race against the clock trying find an illusive killer. Johnson utilizes many passage of Shakespeare in his writing. His description of the setting and characters brings the pictures to you mind. I still have many left to read of the Longmire series.
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LibraryThing member bpreed
I loved the story. However, the formatting of my Kindle edition is terrible. The book uses a lot of back and forth jumps between present day and 1968. Unfortunately, the formatting is so bad that I often couldn't tell that the time period had shifted until a paragraph or more had passed. When the
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section stopped making sense, I figured we had time traveled. In this day and age I think there is no excuse for not making it easier to follow a book. I would have rated this 4 1/2 stars if the book had been easier to read.
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LibraryThing member ecw0647
Sheriff Longmire is back in Wyoming nursing Katie back to health following the devastating attack on her in the last book. This one has parallel plots: one involving a Vietnamese woman whose body was found along a highway, and the other Longmire's experiences as a Marine CID investigator in Vietnam
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assigned to find the source of some drugs. They begin to merge when Longmire discovers that an elderly Vietnamese was following the woman; he says she was his granddaughter. And then there’s the huge Indian found homeless in an underpass who had also served in Vietnam.

I recommend not starting the series with this book. The development of the characters and their personalities is what drives the series and the intermingling of the Vietnam story with the present day doesn’t always work that well, at least in the audio version. Very ably read by George Guidall.

Well above average police procedural series. However, I continue to think the relationship between Vic, his deputy, and Longmire, is not a path for the author to take. Aside from the March-December aspect, supervisors should never, ever, ever have an intimate relationship with a supervisee. And to make matters worse, Katie is beginning a relationship with Vic’s brother. Tsk, tsk.

I'm reading/listening my way through the entire series
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LibraryThing member tcards
The more I read from Craig Johnson the greater my approval. He is a well versed explorer of the human condition and his characters are interesting and complex. I'm old enough to remember Vietnam (...lucky too...draft number 355) and he brings it alive in this novel. Johnson's plotting is always
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clever and never dull. The Longmire/Henry Standing Bear/Vic Moretti triumvirate top a list of great supporting characters and the dialog is almost Spenser-like in it's crisp.

Like Elvis Cole/Joe Pike and Spenser/Hawk pairings Walt Longmire and his long time best friend "Cheyenne Nation" have a dynamic symmetry and deep camaraderie that anchors the stories and provides continuity throughout this wonderful series.

It's too bad Clint walker isn't around to play Longmire on A&E's series.

A big thumbs up for this series.
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LibraryThing member labdaddy4
# 4 in the Sheriff Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Another excellent book. The same cast of characters with new ones introduced to create the story line for each book. As in earlier novels, the author goes into depth with one characters background and personality. This time the author delves into
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the primary characters experiences while a soldier in Vietnam. The novel switches back & forth between Vietnam in the late 60's and the case currently occupying Sheriff Lonmire's time in modern Wyoming.

This novel had a much darker and sadder feel to it than others but was still excellent ! Now on the #5.
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LibraryThing member cathyskye
Protagonist: Sheriff Walt Longmire
Setting: present-day Absaroka County, Wyoming
Series: #4

First Line: "Two more."

When the body of a young Vietnamese woman is found alongside I-25 in Absaroka County, Sheriff Walt Longmire is determined to discover both her identity and the identity of her killer.
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What he doesn't expect is for this case to force him to confront the similarities between this case to his first homicide investigation as a Marine in Vietnam. To further complicate matters (because we all know nothing ever runs smoothly for Walt), a homeless Crow Indian is found living in a nearby culvert and in possession of the murdered girl's purse. An open-and-shut case, right? Not to Walt. He doesn't believe Virgil White Buffalo is a murderer, and he's wondering why the murdered girl had a photo of Walt in her purse.

Flashbacks to Walt's first investigation in Vietnam are woven throughout the present case. At first those flashbacks annoyed me a bit, but that rapidly wore off as I realized they gave me a glimpse of Walt as a young man--at how he perceived the world and those around him, and at how he reacted to being so far away from home. Walt isn't very different from that young man in a strange country back in 1968. Experience has weathered him a bit, but he's still a man who's concerned with the welfare of others.

"You cannot correct the path he has chosen; it is his path. The only thing you can do is not punish him for something he has not done."

"I'm not looking to punish him, Henry, but there's got to be something better for the man than living under I-25."

His face remained impassive as he answered. "Perhaps, but that is something for him to discover, not for you to give him."

We walked along. "Well, maybe I can help."

The Bear smiled. "I know. This is not the first set of moccasins in which you have walked."

Walt Longmire has a long-standing habit of walking a mile in another person's moccasins. It is one of the many reasons why he's become one of my favorite characters in fiction.
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LibraryThing member cbl_tn
A dead Vietnamese girl triggers flashback memories for Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire. He recognizes the photograph in her purse. It was taken in Vietnam in 1968, and a young Walt is one of the people in the photograph. Is this murder connected to something that happened in Vietnam 40 years
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ago?

This is my favorite of the books I've read in this series so far, even though it wasn't easy to follow the abrupt shifts from past to present. I also had trouble understanding what was going on in some of the Vietnam flashbacks. I remember the visual images of the Vietnam War from the evening news, but I wasn't old enough then to remember dates, names, and events, or to understand the military jargon. Walt's experience in Vietnam shaped the man he became, and the back story rounds out his character. I love Walt's friendly banter with his friend Henry Standing Bear, and I'm glad there was plenty of it in this book. However, I'm still uncomfortable with the direction in which Walt's relationship with his deputy, Vic Moretti, is headed. Ick.

One of the things I love about this series is Walt's dry sense of humor. Here's a taste:

”You got a key for room number five?”

A young woman I didn't know—with one earphone connected to a small device in her shirt pocket, the other dangling at her chest—handed me the fob from a hook behind the counter. “Is there some kind of trouble, Sheriff?” “No, I'm just checking to see if all the mattresses still have their tags.” She continued to look at me, and I could hear what passed for music to her in the one loose earbud. “I'm kidding.”

She blinked. “Oh.”

I palmed the key in my hand and stood there for a moment, enjoying the air-conditioning. “Have you seen {X} this morning?”

She nodded. “Yes, he left pretty early and then came back a couple of hours ago. Is he in trouble?”

I tossed the key in the air and caught it as I swung open the door and faced the wall of heat. “Only if he's taken the labels off.” I left her there to wonder if I really was serious this time.
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LibraryThing member Hope_H
Excellent addition to the series!
LibraryThing member gbelik
I just couldn't get interested in this one. Didn't finish it. I've liked the earlier books in this series, so I'll push on to the next one.
LibraryThing member weisser4
As usual, the lives of Walt and crew are interesting and humorous. I feel like I know these characters and they make me smile in that knowing.

We really enjoy reading the Longmire series and this book provides more insight into what makes Walt, Walt. Very well done.
LibraryThing member reading_fox
Not my favourite. Sheriff Walt Longmire flashbacks to his time in Vietnam when he discovers the body of a murdered Vietnamese girl, there's a handy Native Indian around to cast the blame on too, so he's immediately suspicious a third party might be involved. Meanwhile his daughter continues her
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recovery from her accident in the previous book, and he still can't decide what he's going to do about his deputy lover.

Meh. I don't much like flashbacks at the best of times, and military ones are even less so. Walt goes back to being some kind of super soldier able to leap buildings in a single bound. Which possibly explains why he's survived so much in the series already. He's supposed to be investigating drugs in a US army camp, but prefers to find Standing Bear in action instead. Then a stripper friend of his gets murdered so he chases those responsible instead. Meanwhile he asks a few questions about the dead girl, and doesn't get much in the way of useful answers.

It all feels like the original plot was insufficiently long so the war flashbacks were stuffed in. Or perhaps the author tried to find a modern hook to hang the flashbacks on, but they too are insufficient as a story on their own. The concept of the Indian being Walt's alternative history never really works at all, despite the title.

Meh, glad this sin't the start of the series the characters remain different from many others, but it's already getting very similar to the last.
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LibraryThing member kmajort
Series continues to be enjoyable - this story line deals quite a bit with Walt (and Henry's) experiences in Vietnam.
LibraryThing member buffalogr
I this book sort of convoluted and hard to stay interested in. But, I slogged through it. Gets into Walt Longmire's background in Vietnam and boosts our understanding of his character. That got me to counting decades and it puts our sheriff Walt somewhere in his 60s....hmmm. Those VietNam
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flashbacks were a bit hard to follow in the listening mode. There is a certain reason for that slow read. I like Longmire. But . . . he is tough to take. I'll continue for now....
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LibraryThing member JRCornell
Called to investigate when a dead Vietnamese girl is found along a Wyoming highway, Longmire and deputies have little to go on. Near the crime scene, however, Longmire discovers Virgil White Buffalo, a homeless Indian and Vietnam vet who happens to have the girl's purse. Longmire retrieves a
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photograph from the purse--a photo that reminds him of his first investigation as a Marine detective in Vietnam. Longmire is sure that the two crimes--separated by 40 years--are connected, but old enemies lie in wait to thwart his search for answers. SOFT
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LibraryThing member JBreedlove
Flash backs to Vietnam and a 7 ft Indian. Good book but it seems the Johnson just misses a great book. Just seems to be a little something missing. Good sense of place. Henry and Vic are much more aggro in the books. They are different enoough from the series. As is Walt.
LibraryThing member stephanie_M
Extremely satisfying.
LibraryThing member waldhaus1
Initially Longmire is challenged with the rehabilitation of his daughter who continues to recover from a head injury. That challenge is replaced by the mystery of the body of a young Vietnamese woman discovered at the roadside. Another character Virgil, a huge Indian is also introduced at the
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beginning - first as a suspect, then as a damaged soul. Longmire has to confront his time as an investigator in Vietnam during the war.
The story is more complex becoming very engaging. While Longmire is injured again, this time it is in the past during the Tet offensive in Vietnam,.
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Pages

336

ISBN

0143115529 / 9780143115526

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