Any Other Name

Any Other Name

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Sheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to take on a mercy case outside his jurisdiction. Detective Gerald Holman of neighboring Campbell County is dead, and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend, a by-the-book lawman with a wife and daughter, to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of Walt’s first grandchild in Philadelphia, he enlists the help of undersheriff Vic Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Gillette policeman Corbin Dougherty and, looking for answers, reopens Holman’s last case.

Before his mysterious death, Detective Holman was elbow-deep in a cold case involving three local women who’d gone missing with nothing to connect the disappearancesor so it seemed. The detective’s family and the Campbell County sheriff’s office beg Walt to drop the case. An open-and-shut suicide they say. But there’s a blood trail too hot to ignore, and it’s leading Walt in circles: from a casino in Deadwood, to a mysterious lodge in the snowy Black Hills of South Dakota, to a band of international hit men, to a shady strip club, and back again to the Campbell County sheriff’s office. Digging deeper, Walt will uncover a secret so dark it threatens to claim other lives before the sheriff can serve justiceWyoming style.

A thrilling story of deception and betrayal, packed with twists and turns and featuring the unforgettable characters of theNew York Times bestselling Longmire series, Any Other Name is Craig Johnson’s best yet.


Random House, Inc.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to take on a mercy case outside his jurisdiction. Detective Gerald Holman of neighboring Campbell County is dead, and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend, a by-the-book lawman with a wife and daughter, to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of Walt’s first grandchild in Philadelphia, he enlists the help of undersheriff Vic Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, and Gillette policeman Corbin Dougherty and, looking for answers, reopens Holman’s last case.

Before his mysterious death, Detective Holman was elbow-deep in a cold case involving three local women who’d gone missing with nothing to connect the disappearances—or so it seemed. The detective’s family and the Campbell County sheriff’s office beg Walt to drop the case. An open-and-shut suicide they say. But there’s a blood trail too hot to ignore, and it’s leading Walt in circles: from a casino in Deadwood, to a mysterious lodge in the snowy Black Hills of South Dakota, to a band of international hit men, to a shady strip club, and back again to the Campbell County sheriff’s office. Digging deeper, Walt will uncover a secret so dark it threatens to claim other lives before the sheriff can serve justice—Wyoming style.

A thrilling story of deception and betrayal, packed with twists and turns and featuring the unforgettable characters of theNew York Times bestselling Longmire series, Any Other Name is Craig Johnson’s best yet.

Baker & Taylor
Investigating a detective's suspicious suicide in a neighboring county during a bleak high-plains winter, Sheriff Walt Longmire, awaiting the birth of a first grandchild, discovers that the victim might have suppressed information in a missing-persons case. TV tie-in.

Baker
& Taylor

Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates the mysterious death of fellow lawman Detective Gerald Holman and uncovers a dark and incriminating secret that threatens to claim other lives.
"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"--

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2014
ISBN: 9780670026463
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY JOH
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,24 cm.

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Sep 15, 2018

Joseph Conrad said that if you wanted to know the age of the earth , look upon the sea in a storm ; if you want to know the age of the Powder River country , just be on the wrong side of a coal train . A guy who worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe once told me that the trains in northern Wyoming are about a hundred and forty cars and a mile and a half long , but it sure seems longer than that when you’re waiting on one .
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The major cities of the Wyoming portion of the basin are Gillette and Sheridan ; in Montana , Miles City . The rest of the twenty - four thousand square miles is what they call sparsely populated and I call Durant and home .
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The ass end of the train went by , another disappointment in that it was not a caboose but rather a set of locomotives helping to push from the rear , and I got that familiar feeling I always did whenever a train passed ; that I should be on it , but it was going the wrong way .

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Sep 15, 2018

“ He as good as they say ? ” I waited and listened . “ When I hired him I told him two things : no man has any sense till age thirty - five and damn few afterwards . .
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“ Never go after a man to arrest him unless you are certain you are legally right , but then arrest him or die . ”
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“ 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 . ”

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Sep 15, 2018

“ About a third of all motel owners in the U.S . are called Patel — it’s a surname that indicates that they’re members of a Gujarati Hindu subcaste . ” I looked up at his confused face and figured I might as well educate him on the subject . “ The Indian caste structure has four principal divisions and a myriad of subcastes , of which Patel is one ; Vaishyas , or traders , were at one time employed to calculate the tithes that were owed to medieval kings by farmers in Gujarat , an Indian province on the Arabian Sea . ” Sandy shook his head and looked at Lucian . “ Was he like this when you hired him ? ” He nodded . “ Better than a bookmobile . ”

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Sep 15, 2018

With more than thirty thousand suicides a year , the act is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States . The rates for those above sixty - five years of age are much higher than the average , and Holman was sixty - seven . Fifty - six percent of male suicides are a result of firearms , whereas with females the predominant choice of departure is an overdose .
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Aces and eights is a poker hand generally referred to as the dead man’s hand . This particular combination of cards arrived at such notoriety by being the one held by Wild Bill Hickok in Saloon 10 at the time of his demise in Deadwood , South Dakota — a little bit east of where we now sat .

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Sep 15, 2018

We came around one of those big , sweeping turns and the thing just decided it wanted to go to Nebraska . . . She didn’t have on her belt and flew out on the first roll . ”
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His ears went up at the word ham ; they say dogs have a vocabulary of about twenty words , and I was pretty sure seventeen of Dog’s were ham .
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I stood there for a long time , giving her what my daughter used to call the nickel - plated stare .
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“ Reports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the last twenty - five years , from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to 900,000 this year . . . More than 2,000 a day . ” Lorea tossed the change on the table but glanced at me . “ Nobody gives a shit , lady . ” She walked away from the booth , her voice a shadow . “ Nobody . ”

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Sep 15, 2018

“ Did Mom have any problems along these lines when she had me ? ” As always , I dropped back and punted with humor , even though the panes of my heart were cracking like ice in a warm glass . “ No , she dropped you in the field and kept hoeing sugar beets . ”
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“ The first time I came to pick her up you tossed me a shotgun shell . ” “ I did ? ” “ Yeah , you said they went a lot faster after eleven o’clock . ”
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“ You could tell she was smart , that she was going places , and this was just a stopover at the edge of the world where she could make some money and then move on — you know what I mean ? ”
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There was an enormous individual in the doorway , almost as big as me , heavily muscled — the kind of muscles you get in a weight room , or a cell block .
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She probably wasn’t as old as she seemed , but the alcohol , tobacco , and hard living had rolled up her odometer .

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Sep 15, 2018

“ Have you ever been married before ? ” “ A short period of time back , but I don’t think either one of us took it very seriously — like my great grandfather used to say , nobody misses a slice off an already - cut cake . ”
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“ Don’t you think scars make better stories than tattoos ? ” I fingered that little piece of my ear that was missing and draped an arm over the back of my seat . “ If that’s the case , then I’ve got a whole library on me . ”
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“ He’s gone . ” “ Gone as in to the hereafter and buried by you and Henry in a shallow grave for a coyote buffet and then carried away in tiny , antlike bites , or simply gone ? ”
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We stood at the door zipping , buttoning , fastening ; it’s what people in Wyoming do before they go outside in late December .

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Sep 15, 2018

Where the hell is Johnston Atoll ? ” I sipped my coffee , enjoying her full attention . “ Seven hundred and fifty nautical miles west of Hawaii on a coral reef platform ; it’s one of the United States ’ minor outlying islands — about 1.3 square miles . ” “ A postage stamp in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a single palm tree like you see in those cartoons in the New Yorker ? ” “ Something like that . ” “ What , were you shipwrecked or something ? ” “ No . ” She glanced around , enjoying the illusion of covert activity . “ What’s there ? ” I leaned back in my seat and studied her . “ An air base , a naval refueling depot , and a weapons testing area , but not anymore . ” “ What kinds of weapons ? ” “ Nuclear , among others . ” She leaned in . “ No shit ? ” “ A dozen thermonuclear weapons were exploded there before the ban in ’ 63 , but they also had a twenty - five - acre landfill full of Agent Orange , PCBs , PAHs , dioxins , and sarin

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Sep 15, 2018

“ Sometimes I get to where I feel like I’m the only one getting it in the shorts in this life , you know ? ”
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“ Spasms . They gave me muscle relaxers and a brace . They said to take the medication before it starts really hurting . ” “ Then you should have started taking it around 1967 . ”
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AWSFB . ” She glanced at Henry . “ That would be Aryan White Supremacy Founding Brotherhood , or as my fed buddies over in Gangs and Bikers like to call them , Assholes With Shit For Brains . ”
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Lead , South Dakota , is pronounced as is the verb , not as the malleable heavy metal . Once home to one of the most productive gold mines in the Western Hemisphere , Lead now leads the area in twisting , straight - up - and - down , kiss - your - own - butt roads , currently covered with a foot or so of snow .

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Sep 15, 2018

It can take three to four minutes for the average train , which weighs more than three thousand tons , to pass through a crossing . It takes a full mile or more for a train to stop ; that’s sixteen football fields ; that’s even after it’s struck something .
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Asociación Punto Muerto ? ” “ Yep ? ” “ Well , the information I got is sketchy , but it translates pretty much word for word and stands for the Dead Center Association ; it’s kind of an unofficial union for assassins and was started in South American prisons as a way for drug consortiums to get their contracts fulfilled , even if the hit man assigned to the job was killed or imprisoned . Once they assign a hitter for a job , there’s a pecking order of associates that are responsible for fulfilling the hit if that individual should fail . ”

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Sep 15, 2018

Ready for "Longmire: The Complete Sixth and Final Season". Meanwhile try to catch up with Walt and Henry in the written world. This time, Walt doggedly dug into a suicide case that took readers on a wild ride that included with bisons and inside a coal train. Looked up the internet and awed at the remnant of the abandoned Homestake Mine, a deep underground gold mine located in Lead, South Dakota; and news to me that "Wyoming, with only about 600K population, produced 39 percent of the nation’s coal, or about 382 million tons in 2014, according to the Bureau of Land Management."

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-wyoming-s-biggest-coal-town-create-a-new-future/

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LauraSteinert
Aug 17, 2016

Not my favorite of the series, but the funniest. (Yes, I laughed inappropriately at a couple of the brawls Walt got into, and sexual harassment of the handicapped-elderly should not make me laugh, but you'll laugh, too.)There were several times I got very annoyed at having to put the book down to do urgent tasks. If you have a long weekend or just a day to do nothing, this would be the ideal book to just kick back with and fall into the story.

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Valleygirl_25
Mar 23, 2016

I happen to like the girl who plays his female deputy. I can't picture him with someone who looks like Morretti was described in the book..mainly because I watched the TV series completely, before actively searching for the books. Am anxiously waiting for season 5 to come out. :)

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macrw3
Jan 22, 2016

You can't go wrong with any Longmire stories. Always a good read.

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NDS32
Dec 12, 2014

I just wish they'd cast someone who looked at least a bit like Morretti. The tall blonde just doesn't work for me. Nothing against the actress, but I stopped watching the series cause she was so jarring in the role.
I've read almost all of the books, and always on the lookout for new ones.

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debrahutton
Aug 02, 2014

I discovered the book series long before the A&E series and devoured the series in record time. I had too! I had a long list of others who wanted to borrow them. I am very sad that I read this latest book so quickly because Craig Johnson just doesn't write fast enough! I can't wait for the next Walt Longmire adventure....

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jtcampbel47
Jun 10, 2014

Craig Johnson has done it again, just wish that the TV series featured more of the Lucian Connolly character as well as Dog!!

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