Craig Johnson (website) is the author of the well-known Western crime mystery series, Walt Longmire, a series that has also seen tremendous popularity on TV.
The author was born in 1961 and grew up in Huntington, W.Va, with a love for mystery books, as both his parents like to read this particular genre.
He graduated from Marshall University, in West Virginia, after which he got his M.A. from Temple University.
Before becoming a novelist, Craig Johnson also worked as a police officer in New York City (in 1988) as a special officer attached to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later when he moved to Wyoming, he worked several odd jobs, such as a teacher, cowboy, as well as longshoreman.
He currently lives in Ucross, Wyoming, on a ranch that he personally built. The ranch is near the Crow and Cheyenne reservations. Together with his wife, Judy, Craig owns a the Bucking Buffalo Supply Company, a clothing store in Sheridan catering to the rich out there
His series includes 12 novels so far, two short stories, and a series of short stories. The books were positively received by critics, and some novels became Award finalists. Another Man’s Moccasins, the fourth book in the Longmire series, received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best novel of the year in 2008, and it also received the Mountains and Plains award for fiction book of the year.
Some additional awards the author has received over the years: fiction book of the year, Wyoming Historical Society, for Death Without Company (the second book in the Longmire series), Wyoming Council for the Arts Award.
The author’s latest Longmire book is The Western Star, published September 2017.
Here are the Longmire books in order by Craig Johnson.
Walt Longmire Series in Order
1. The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1), 2004
2. Death Without Company (Walt Longmire #2), 2006
3. Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire #3), 2007
4. Another Man’s Moccasins (Walt Longmire #4), 2008
5. The Dark Horse (Walt Longmire #5), 2009
6. Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire #6), 2010
7. Hell is Empty (Walt Longmire #7), 2011
8. Divorce Horse (Walt Longmire #7.5), 2012
9. As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire #8), 2012
10. Christmas in Absaroka County (Walt Longmire #8.1), 2012
11. Messenger (Walt Longmire #8.2), 2013
12. A Serpent’s Tooth (Walt Longmire #9), 2013
13. Spirit of Steamboat (Walt Longmire #9.5), 2013
14. Any Other Name (Walt Longmire #10), 2014
15. Wait for Signs (Twelve Longmire stories), 2014
16. Dry Bones (Walt Longmire #11), 2015
17. The Highwayman (Walt Longmire #11.5), 2016
18. An Obvious Fact (Walt Longmire #12), 2017
19. The Western Star (Walt Longmire #13), 2017