Craig Allen Johnson is a mystery novelist from the United States. His Sheriff Walt Longmire novel series is his most well-known work. Longmire is the sheriff of the fictional county of Absaroka in the books, which are set in northern Wyoming.
Johnson has written 15 books, two novellas, and numerous short stories featuring Longmire since the series began in 2004. The New York Times Best Seller list has included some of the novels.
The novels were turned into a television series by Warner Horizon in 2012. Johnson lives on a ranch in the little Wyoming town of Ucross, which has a population of 25 people.
Walt Longmire Books in Order of Publication
|The Cold Dish||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Death Without Company||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Kindness Goes Unpunished||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Another Man’s Moccasins||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Dark Horse||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Junkyard Dogs||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hell Is Empty||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Divorce Horse||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|As the Crow Flies||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Messenger||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Serpent’s Tooth||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Spirit of Steamboat||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Any Other Name||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dry Bones||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Highwayman||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|An Obvious Fact||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Western Star||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Depth of Winter||(2018)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Land of Wolves||(2019)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Next to Last Stand||(2020)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Daughter of the Morning Star||(2022)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hell and Back||(2022)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Walt Longmire Short Stories/Novellas in Order of Publication
|Christmas in Absaroka County||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories||(2014)||Hardcover Paperb|
Anthology Order of Publication
2017’s Best American Mystery Stories (Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle)
Craig Johnson is an American author best known for his Sheriff Walt Longmire series of novels. Johnson was born in Huntington, West Virginia in 1961, and now lives in Ucross, Wyoming, a little hamlet with a population of 25 people near Sheridan.
His mysteries are set in the West, and he has received a lot of praise and honors for them. He continues to create Longmire mysteries, which are frequently set in magnificent Wyoming landscapes.
Path to Success, Longmire
Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Wyoming’s thinly inhabited area, where everyone knows everyone else. The Sheriff has been widowed for a few years and lives alone in deplorable conditions.
He is a decent if flawed, individual who has the support of the entire county. People here like Walt, and want to do everything he can to protect them.
Craig Johnson has built a believable character who comes across on the page as someone you’d like to get to know and who you could trust. This adds to the authenticity of the books since you can easily imagine yourself accepting and supporting Longmire as the law in your community.
Beginnings with a Bang
The Cold Dish, the first book in the Longmire series, was published in 2005. The novel received a lot of positive feedback from critics, and it was clear to anyone who read it that Craig Johnson had a real knack for the written word.
He has a way of drawing the reader straight into the story and allowing them to become completely engaged in Longmire’s world, hoping to solve the mystery alongside him. The first narrative introduces us to Walt Longmire, who is dealing with the most difficult case of his career.
Not exactly pleasant for a man who is hoping to complete his term in peace. The story’s plot centers around the apparent murder of Cody, a young man.
The murder weapon was a rare Sharps rifle, and the only possible motivation is that the youngster was involved in the rape of a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome-affected Cheyenne girl named Melissa Real Bird.
Longmire had not expected to find this when he arrived on the site. The narrative is intriguing enough, but the cast of characters in the novel is both memorable and believable. The novel’s richness is enhanced by Longmire’s lifelong buddy Henry Standing Bear and Deputy Victoria Moretti, a tough ex-Philadelphia cop with a mouth as filthy as any street thug.
Two of the other boys involved in the rape have been found dead, thickening the plot. Longmire had hoped for a peaceful and calm end to his career, but this is far from it. The mystery deepens when it is learned that numerous of the town’s residents own Sharps riffles and have more than enough reason to do so.
To solve the mystery, Longmire needs cunning and tried-and-true police work, which he has in spades. For the novel, Craig Johnson won the Dilys prize in 2006. Not only was the plot fantastic, but the fact that Johnson was a police officer himself added a layer of realism to the story.
Death in the Absence of Company (2006)
The Walt Longmire series continues on a different route in the second volume. This work focuses on character interaction a lot more. The story begins with Mari Baroja, a Basque woman, being discovered dead at the Durant Home for Assisted Living.
Lucian Connally, on the other hand, sees things differently, and Longmire believes what Connally says because he was the one who hired Longmire in the first place.
Longmire is surprised when Connally admits that he had been married to Mari for a few hours many years previously. When Mari’s uncles and father tracked them down and battered Lucian, the marriage came to an end.
With this second installment, Craig Johnson has developed an entirely different style of story, yet it is just as emotional and entertaining as the first.