Any Other Name

by Craig Johnson

Paperback, 2015

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Penguin Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages


"Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman's popularity skyrocketing. Now, with three consecutive New York Times bestsellers to his name and the second season of Longmire reaching an average of 5.4 million viewers per episode, Craig Johnson is reaching a fan base that is both fiercely loyal and ever growing. In Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of his first grandchild, Walt learns that the by-the-book detective might have suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice--Wyoming style"--… (more)

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LibraryThing member streamsong
Walt Longmire is asked by his old friend, Lucian Connelly, to investigate the suicide of an old friend. Naturally, Walt agrees to take the case.

The suicide, once Walt gives it a good poke, is far more complicated than it seems. He soon finds out that not only was the old friend a cop, but the wife
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is one of Lucian's long ago girl friends. There is also the small matter of three missing women in the town.

Walt gets tangled in the complicated case, even though daughter his Cady will be producing Walt’s first grandchild momentarily, and fully expects her father to be present.

There are lots of good interactions and humor between Walt and his friend Henry Standing Bear. Other western details I especially enjoyed include finding oneself in a blizzard afoot in a herd of bison, and the detailing of the Historic Lodge in the Black Hills that once acted as the Summer White house. If you are a train aficionado, the coal trains play a large part as well.

Even with the good moments, this installment seemed a little recycled to me. Walt himself tells a cabby there are statistically only twenty murders a year in Wyoming. (How many have occurred in the last year in these books? No wonder he's now working on one in South Dakota.) The crime is one we have seen before, although in another form. And the question of Walt making it out alive, much less in time to be at the grandchild’s birth didn’t really engage me. I found this question much too similar to whether Walt would make it to Cady’s wedding in a previous volume.

Still fun, lots of great original western details and humor even if the suspense was lacking.
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LibraryThing member cathyskye
With the third season of A&E's Longmire set to premier in June, it's the perfect time for old fans and new to settle down with the newest Walt Longmire mystery-- and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. Craig Johnson has created one of the strongest ensemble casts in all of fiction, and in Any
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Other Name each character gets a turn in the spotlight.

Lucian owes the dead detective a debt, so he takes Walt into a neighboring county to talk with the man's widow, who simply cannot believe that her husband committed suicide. Lucian has some sage advice for the grieving woman:

"I want to warn you that if you put Walt on this you're going to find out what it's all about, one way or the other.... You're sure you want that? Because he's like a gun; once you point him and pull the trigger, it's too late to change your mind."

And that's one of the main things readers love about Walt Longmire: he's not going to quit, no matter what happens, no matter what it takes. If you're in trouble, he's going to come save your bacon. As Walt begins to dig into the case, he finds that Holman was looking into the disappearances of three women in Campbell County, and the trail leads to the tiny, rundown town of Arrosa. What's been going on in Arrosa and in Campbell County is a dark tale, but Walt is the stuff of legend in Wyoming as one of the Campbell County deputies tells us: "As soon as a cop gets killed in this state, all the old-timers say we need to bring in Walt Longmire."

However, this book isn't all about the case. During the investigation, readers are treated to a few facts about Wyoming and other subjects-- and pay attention, folks. These tidbits aren't just thrown in for your education, they're going to mean something further on down the line. That's one of the beauties of Craig Johnson's writing. It all seems so effortless and flows so smoothly that it's only after you finish reading the book that you can pick apart the pieces and see how closely Johnson fits them all together.

As always, Walt's self-deprecating humor plays a role in the story, and his support team of Vic Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, Lucian Connally, Virgil White Buffalo, and Dog all add their parts. Johnson's the type of writer who can write action so tense your hair can stand on end, then within seconds you'll either be laughing your head off or having a tear run down your cheek. His books get a hold of you and won't turn you loose until you've turned that last page, so if you're new to the books, consider yourself warned.

If the television series is all you know about Sheriff Walt Longmire, and you're wondering if you should bother reading the books, let me tell you something: you're in for a treat. The producers of the television series have purposely not made the episodes clones of the books. This way readers who have been passionate fans of Johnson since book one (The Cold Dish) can enjoy the television series... and fans of Longmire can enjoy the books. You can jump into the series anywhere, but I wouldn't recommend it. Start with the first one. Chances are good that the second you've finished that book, you'll be gobbling up all the rest--- and Any Other Name with its humor, tenderness, two blood-curdling chase scenes, and ominous forebodings for the future is probably the best of them all.
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LibraryThing member rosalita
The next in my ongoing read of the Longmire series of Western mysteries. Walt is on the road with mentor, former sheriff and current troublemaker Lucian Connally when he gets himself entangled in a case involving missing young women and possible human trafficking in an adjacent county. The race is
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on to solve the case and still make it to Philadelphia in time for the birth of his first grandchild. I love these characters, and the storyline itself was very interesting, but I deducted a half-star because I found the premise that Walt would essentially be in charge of solving a case in another sheriff's jurisdiction with minimal local involvement is just so improbable. Extra credit for the return of sexy, foul-mouthed undersheriff Vic, though, and a decent amount of page time for Henry Standing Bear.
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LibraryThing member delphimo
I enjoy the Longmire series because of the joy in exploring other cities and learning about other states. This story centers in South Dakota and Wyoming, and of course, the season is winter. The majority of the Craig Johnson books plummet snow everywhere, and of course, Walt must have a
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vision/dream. Cady is down-to-the wire in baby mode, and is expecting Walt to be at her side when the next generation arrives. Walt, a true blue lawman, must capture the villain before he heads to Cady's side. The journey must contain several life threatening escapades for Longmire, the grizzly that never stops. Vic and Henry Standing Bear make brief appearances to aid Walt. I like Johnson prose, and his characterization, but Walt's superhuman fights are too much.
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LibraryThing member ethel55
It’s completely apt when both Lucian Connally and Craig Johnson describe the steadfastness of Walt Longmire with the symbol of a bullet—that there is no turning back once you set it off. Loyalty is rarely a question and almost always a given in these books, Walt showing his by putting off a
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trip out East for the birth of his first grandchild to help his old friend Lucian look into the supposed suicide of another lawman in the next county over. With the unquestioning aid of Henry Standing Bear, and the colorful language of Deputy Moretti, Walt digs into the mystery surrounding missing women, hit men and a money trail that leads all the way to South Dakota. Another well-paced story from a favorite author.
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LibraryThing member tymfos
Oh, I listened to this one every chance I got! This started out as a case where Walt is helping his old boss the former sheriff look into the suicide of a detective in a neighboring county, the deceased being an old friend's husband. Soon they are investigating three missing women. Vic eventually
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joins the fray, as does Henry Standing Bear.

Meanwhile, Walt is fielding phone calls from his very pregnant daughter in Philadelphia, demanding that he be there for the delivery of his first grandchild. Personally, I had a hard time relating to someone so determined to have her father in the delivery room. Certainly, if my father was in the business of saving lives, I wouldn't want him to walk away from that to sit around the hospital while I was having a baby. Cady's attitude seemed more than a tad self-centered for someone raised by the selfless Walt Longmire.

That quibble aside, I loved this book. I loved the interplay between Walt and the old sheriff, Walt and Vic, and especially Walt and Henry Standing Bear. There were some interesting "guest" characters to keep things lively -- and a touch of the other-worldly, too. Trains were a significant part of this novel. I love trains, so the railroad components of the story really caught my attention. The weather was a factor, too. The story provided plenty of suspense in the closing chapters, as Walt battled to keep himself and others from being killed.

George Guidall's narration on the audio was spot-on, as usual. Boy, howdy!
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LibraryThing member musichick52
My Six-Gun Totin' Thanks to the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy of this book. It is my introducion to the writing of Craig Johnson and his Longmire mystery series. Early on, I was toppled by the amount of snarky humor. You got me there. I do not need this work to make it to
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the big screen as the vividness of the character portrayal and scenic description has already taken me and my imagination to the wilds of Wyoming. Apparently, big city evils reachout to nowhereville drip-towns of the West. I mean, come on, there is even a prolonged, tense ending from the Snidly Whiplash school of railroad capers--scoot along the top of the train cars to rescue the unconscious victim before the tons of coal are dumped on top of her with the ticktock clock about to run out of seconds--alrighty then, it was great! 5 stars plus a new fan, Mr. Johnson.
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LibraryThing member bookswoman
The ninth book in the Walt Longmire series is a dozy! Walt ends up in Campbell county when he is asked to help the old sheriff, Lucian, to find out why an old friend committed suicide. Detective Gerald Holman doesn't seem to be the type to commit suicide, in fact as a cold case detective he seems
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to be excellent at the job and well respected with a good wife and a loving daughter.

While all isn't as it appears there are a lot of layers to this story and it has a fairly dark theme throughout, yet there are some roll-on-the-floor moments. Many of the regular characters are there, Walt, Lucian, Vic, Henry and Dog all play a part.

To me this series just keeping better and better and I hate to have to wait a year for another novel.
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LibraryThing member labdaddy4
Another well written, faced paced, crime novel, I have read #1, #6, & #11 in the Longmire series but think I need to go back and fill in the spaces by reading earlier ones in the order they were written.

While still being very enjoyable this one was harder to follow that the previous two. As is
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often the case #1 was by far the most outstanding.
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LibraryThing member jamespurcell
Another excellent book in this great series. Craig Johnson continues to find interesting story lines for his great cast of characters. When you finish the book, you will know much more about coal, trains and their noisy mating process than you will ever need. But, it does make for a splendid
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conclusion to this ode to the birth of a first grandchild.
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LibraryThing member agarcia85257
Title - Any Other Name

Author - Craig Johnson

Summary -

Sheriff Walt Longmire's old boss Lucian Connally asks Walt to look into the suicide of a Detective in Campbell County. Lucian has a relationship with the family and the death of the Detective just doesn't ring true. Only problem is the case is
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closed, its outside of his jurisdiction and his only daughter is having a baby in Philadelphia and he is expected to be there. The clock is ticking and Longmire is smelling something really wrong with the death of Detective Gerald Holman.
First is it took two shots to kill himself. Next is the last cases Holman was working. Girls gone missing. And too many unanswered questions for Walt to ignore.

"..I want to warn you that if you put Walter on this you're going to find out what it's all about, one way or the other." Another pause, and I could imagine the face that was peering down at her, a visage to which I was accustomed. "You're sure you want that? Because he's like a gun; once you point him and pull the trigger, it's too late to change your mind..."

With the help of Under-Sheriff Vic Moretti and friend Henry Standing Bear, Walt is set to unravel the mystery of the dead Detective and the slew of missing girls. And somehow be there for the birth of his first grandchild.

Review -

Most series will lose steam after the fifth book or so. But Craig Johnson has maintained momentum with the Walt Longmire books and the 10th novel in the series is as crisp and well written as the first one. The characters have evolved but in essence stayed incredibly true to themselves.
I will admit being a fan of the TV show and was introduced to the characters through the show but the books are incredibly well written and stand on their own. The relationship between Vic and Walt is far more complicated in the novels and Henry Standing Bear much more imposing and zen like.
If you have not read any of the novels, you are cheating yourself. They are well written, plotted, and character driven mysteries that are in fact, true mysteries and not just some worn out plot line just there to give the characters something to talk about.
Another good read from Craig Johnson.
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LibraryThing member Ralphd00d
Longmire is back in this newest release from Craig Johnson. I have really enjoyed this series, as well as the television show (season three just started up recently). This time around, Longmire is asked to help the friend of a friend, in finding out why their spouse committed suicide (allegedly).
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The twists and turns that take Longmire to the final answer, are what makes these books so great. Also includes appearances from the undersheriff, Vic, and let's not forget Henry Standing Bear. To put some underlying pressure in there, Cady (Longmire's daughter) us having a baby, in Philadelphia, and "requires" his presence there ... but you know how Longmire is with a case ... like a dog with a bone.
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LibraryThing member sleahey
With Cady due to deliver any minute in Philadelphia, Walt is racing against time to catch his flight. But Lucien has asked for help to sort out why a neighboring sheriff would have killed himself. Could it have to do with the three missing women, a brothel, and some colorful characters along the
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LibraryThing member buffalogr
A book with action, humor, and thoughtful nuanced writing. Cady, is in Philadelphia, about to give birth to Walt's first grandchild. Walt should be in Philadelphia with his daughter. Instead, he's on a road trip to another county. The latter plot develops and the baby comes...just in time. He was
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out of his jurisdiction? This one stretches credibility and would be an easy fix. Why was it written this way?
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LibraryThing member stephanie_M
The long-awaited Lola is here. Great series, and all the old cast was present and accounted for. Highly recommended.
LibraryThing member KurtWombat
Most popular entertainment runs full speed ahead—no time to breath or think. Often commotion is created simply to distract from the fact that all the balls have been thrown in the air but no one is actually juggling—there is no art. In a Longmire novel, the world has a slower pace. Like the
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landscape he inhabits, there is time for quiet introspection—the reader resets their pulse to the pace of the Longmire’s world. When the pace does quicken, you feel it. It is natural and organic to the story. It is not commotion for the sake of motion. This was not quite as true as usual with Craig Johnson's Longmire novel ANY OTHER NAME. I still enjoyed the read but there was a false note that bothered me throughout the story. Longmire’s daughter is about to deliver his first grandchild on the other side of the country and everyone wants him to be there. While this is human and intended to add urgency to the story, this point is driven far into the ground. Longmire's life is in danger on several occasions making the demands of his daughter feel irritating and even irrational. Despite this, ANY OTHER NAME is still quite enjoyable. There are fantastic set pieces of action (including a gripping segment with a coal train being loaded and an old west saloon style shootout with a twist) as well as plenty of vintage Longmire dialogue and cleverly hewn characters. A favorite of mine, Longmire's old boss Lucian Connally, gets more than his usual page time here as Longmire investigates the apparent suicide of an old friend who may be connected to the disappearance of several women. A worthy entry, but just a notch below some of the other Longmire books.
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LibraryThing member SamSattler
Any Other Name (2014) is the tenth novel in Craig Johnson’s hugely popular “Longmire Mystery” series. As this one begins, Sheriff Walt Longmire is feeling the ticking of the clock in a big way because his daughter is about to deliver his first grandchild in a Philadelphia hospital — and he
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is supposed to be there when that happens. But instead of heading in that direction, Walt finds himself taking on a “mercy case” in a neighboring Wyoming county on behalf of his old boss, Lucien Connally. And, as any longtime fan of the Longmire series well knows, once Walt Longmire begins an investigation, he finishes that investigation no matter what.

It seems that an old friend of Lucien’s, a competent detective of many years experience, has killed himself. At least that’s what authorities in the county are saying happened. Lucien, however, is not buying it because suicide is completely out of character for Detective Gerald Holman, so he asks Walt to see what he can find out about Holman’s last investigation. After a quick visit along with Lucien to Holman’s widow, Walt agrees to look into the man’s death despite Lucien’s warning to the widow that “if she didn’t want the answers, she better not have you (Walt) ask the questions.”

Walt soon learns that the detective had been investigating a cold case concerning the disappearance of three women from the county within just a few months. There is nothing to connect the three women or their disappearance, but when both the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the dead detective’s daughter pressure him to drop his investigation, Walt is determined to find out why that is. And, as Lucien warned the detective’s widow, if you don’t want to know the truth don’t let Sheriff Walt Longmire start asking questions.

Bottom Line: Probably because this is the fourth Longmire mystery I’ve read in the last few months (and that I’ve now read 14 of the 16 novels in the series), Craig Johnson’s structural pattern is becoming a little bit too predictable to me. I’ve lost count of how many of the books see Longmire in eminent danger of dying from exposure to the elements of a harsh Wyoming winter before he has a vision that gives him the advice and courage he needs to persevere in his chase of the bad guys. This time around, the weather does not quite so eminently threaten Longmire’s life, but his almost bleeding to death leads to the same result. (The visions and conversations with ghosts are something that Walt Longmire shares with James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux.) Any Other Name follows the well-tested Longmire-formula a little too closely for it to ever become one of my favorite Longmire mysteries, but if you are a fan of the series (like I obviously am), don’t miss this chapter in the Longmire story.
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LibraryThing member waldhaus1
I'm beginning to think Longmire should be subtitled mired in snow. He's always chasing the bad guys through snow, blizzards, and fog. This book has a cat of bad guys to chase and trains and Buffalo to complicate the chase. Also he needs to fly to Philadelphia where his daughter is about to have a
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LibraryThing member tsmom1219
This series is one of the best I've ever read. It's going to be a long wait for the next book.
LibraryThing member cbl_tn
Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire's only child, Cady, is in Philadelphia, about to give birth to Walt's first grandchild. Walt should be in Philadelphia with his daughter. Instead, he's on a road trip to another county with his former boss, Lucian Connally, investigate the death of an old friend. The
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cause of death has been determined to be suicide, but Lucian and the man's widow believe this was out of character for him. As Walt digs into the missing person case the dead man was working just before his death, he discovers a possible link to two other missing women. Once Walt starts an investigation, he has to follow it through to the end. Even when he's out of his jurisdiction and his daughter is about to give birth in Philadelphia.

This one was harder for me to buy into than most of the other books in the series. Walt was out of his jurisdiction, and he wasn't there at the invitation of local law enforcement. He inserted himself into their cases. There were several points where he could have turned over his leads to the local sheriff and headed to Philadelphia, where his only daughter was just about to give birth to his first grandchild and was begging him to come. He claimed it was his duty to find the missing women, but it seemed more like arrogance, or maybe stubbornness. Did I mention that he was out of his jurisdiction? This one stretches credibility a little too much for my taste.
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