Review: An Obvious Fact (Walt Longmire #12) by Craig Johnson


The Walt Longmire series is one of my favorites. The writing and storylines are engaging; plus I share this series with my Daddy so it holds a special place in my heart.

This installment was another great addition and had all the elements I’ve come to love. However, there were a few jarring continuity issues that I still can’t believe made it through editing. The biggest and most surprising is the age of the crime victim. When Walt begins his investigation, the victim’s mother states that he is 28. Walt then says that he is 32 about one-hundred pages later. His age is important and this discrepancy is never explained so I have to assume it’s an error. There is another scene where Vic asks about a vehicle that plays a role. Walt explains it to her and then just a few short paragraphs later she asks a question that seems that the prior conversation didn’t take place. It was…strange.

Overall, though, I still very much enjoyed the story so I’m giving it 4/5 stars. My hope is that Craig Johnson hasn’t reached the point where he feels he can eschew a strong editor. They should be there as the last line of defense to help a writer catch things like this.

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