ANY OTHER NAME
by Craig Johnson
In ANY OTHER NAME, the latest in the Walt Longmire series (on which was based the Longmire TV series, both of which I can recommend), we visit Wyoming during the week between Christmas and New Year's, but not in the usual Absaroka County. He's in another county by request of his friend, mentor, and old boss, Lucian Connally, to look into a suicide of the husband of an old friend. But he's got other challenges: he's on a deadline (his daughter's about to give birth, and he's got to get to Philadelphia), the snow just keeps falling, screwing up not only the roads but communications as well, and the way that Walt and his crew do, they not only wander off their own county, they wander into other states to find out what exactly the man was investigating before he decided to off himself.
Originally, I found myself liking this series because it offers a little bit of everything: mystery, paranormal, romance, comedy, tragedy—seriously, a little bit of everything. Add to that he's a sheriff in the new West, so there's that Western component to boot. The paranormal bit is often connected to the Native American cultures that Longmire often encounters, and this time it comes in the form of a couple of American icons and a buffalo. And there's also a trained raccoon that comes into the story, reminding me of Rocket Raccoon, so hey! I have to say there really IS a little bit of something for everyone. This is easy, enjoyable reading, just the right thing for summer perusal. (Of course, by the time you read this, that summer of which I write is almost over, so this may end up being your late summer/early autumn reading, or even the week between Christmas and New Year’s!)
COMING UP: Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean. Hope your summer has been a good one and filled with fun reading!