Craig Johnson (author)

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Craig Johnson
Close-up on Craig Johnson
Johnson in 2011
BornCraig Allen Johnson
(1961-01-16) January 16, 1961 (age 62)[citation needed]
OccupationNovelist, short story writer.
GenreMystery, Crime fiction, Detective fiction, Westerns
Notable worksWalt Longmire series of novels
SpouseJudy Johnson

Craig Allen Johnson (born January 16, 1961) is an American author who writes mystery novels. He is best known for his Sheriff Walt Longmire novel series. The books are set in northern Wyoming, where Longmire is sheriff of the fictional county of Absaroka. The series debuted in 2004 and as of September 2021, Johnson has written 18 novels, two novellas, and many short stories featuring Longmire. Some of the novels have been on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2012, Warner Horizon adapted the main characters and the Wyoming settings of the novels for a television series. Johnson lives at a ranch where he built a residence in the small town of Ucross, Wyoming—population 25.[1]



As of September 2021, Johnson has authored 23 books featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire. They have been translated into 14 languages and have won numerous awards, including the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir and the SNCF Mystery of the Year.[citation needed]

TV adaptations[edit]

The A&E TV series Longmire, based on Johnson's novels, premiered on June 3, 2012, with cast members Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, A Martinez, Zahn McClarnon, and John Bishop.[2] Filmed in New Mexico,[3] Longmire debuted as A&E's number-one original-series premiere of all time with 4.1 million total viewers.[4] After A&E canceled the series, seasons four to six were made for Netflix.[5][6]


The success of Johnson's novels is celebrated in an annual festival, called Longmire Days, held in the small town of Buffalo, Wyoming, the real-life inspiration for the series' fictional setting. Close to 12,000 people attend the festival each year, including the author, many of the actors from the TV series, and (on occasion) the publishers and producers.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Craig Johnson grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, and attended college at Marshall University.[8]

Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, with his wife Judy.[9][10]


Walt Longmire series[edit]

Title Year ISBN 1st Edition Notes
The Cold Dish 2004 9780143036425
Death Without Company 2006 9780143038382
Kindness Goes Unpunished 2007 9780143113133
Another Man’s Moccasins 2008 9780143115526 2009 Spur Award for Best Western Short Novel[11]
The Dark Horse 2009 9780143117315
Junkyard Dogs 2010 9780143119531
Hell Is Empty 2011 9780143120988
Divorce Horse 2012 9781101592649 eBook short story
As the Crow Flies 2012 9780143123293
Christmas in Absaroka County 2012 9781101623718 four Christmas stories, eBook short stories
Messenger 2013 9780143127826 eBook short story
A Serpent's Tooth 2013 9780670026456
Spirit of Steamboat 2013 9780143125877
Any Other Name 2014 9780143126973
Wait for Signs 2014 9780143127826 12 stories
Dry Bones 2015 9780525426936
The Highwayman 2016 9780735220904
An Obvious Fact 2016 9780143109129
The Western Star 2017 9780143109136
Depth of Winter 2018 9780525522478
Land of Wolves 2019 9780525522508
Next to Last Stand 2020 9780525522539
Daughter of the Morning Star 2021 9780593297254
Hell and Back 2022 9780593297285


  1. ^ "At Home with Craig Johnson". American Cowboy Western Lifestyle - Travel - People. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  2. ^ Munn, Patrick (March 2012). "A&E's New Drama Series Longmire to Premier June 3". TVWise. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Marifosque, Raphael (23 June 2015). "'Longmire' season 4 news: Production under way, series to pick up from events in the previous finale". Ecumenical News.
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (June 4, 2012). "Network TV Press Releases: A&E's 'Longmire' Debuted as the Network's #1 Original Series Premiere of All Time with 4.1 Million Viewers + 'The Glades'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "Longmire Season 4 And Its Ups And Downs. Ten Things You Should Know About Its Epic Resurrection".
  6. ^ Gomez, Adrian (March 23, 2016). "New Mexico-filmed 'Longmire' to begin season 5 production". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Palmer, Aaron (May 17, 2016). "Buffalo Chamber Releases Schedule For Longmire Days Events". Sheridan Media. Retrieved January 5, 2016. The series is based on the Longmire series of books, written by local author Craig Johnson. The books take place in fictitious Durant, Absoraka County, Wyoming and are based on people and places in and around Buffalo and Johnson County.
  8. ^ Casto, James E. "Book review: Sheriff Walt Longmire tackles another case". Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  9. ^ Hergett, Rachel. "Longmire, author Craig Johnson alike in many ways". Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  10. ^ Kustra, Bob. "Longmire Mystery Series Author Craig Johnson And 'The Western Star'". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  11. ^ "Winners". Western Writers of America. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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