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Walt Longmire Books in Order: How to read Craig Johnson series?

The other day I wrote a guide for the Joe Pickett Series, the other Wyoming crime series. I thought at the time that I already covered Longmire, but no. Until now.

Who is Walt Longmire?

Sheriff Walter ‘Walt’ Longmire is the main character of a series of novels written by Craig Johnson.

At the beginning of the series, Walt is the well-respected Sheriff of Absaroka County and plans to run for reelection again the following year. He is a widower, his wife died from cancer; his daughter, Cady, who is an attorney in Philadelphia; and closest friend is Henry Standing Bear.

Of course, his work is to catch killers in his County, and he is good at it.

Walt Longmire Books in Order:


  1. The Cold Dish – After 25 years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of the high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody is seeking vengeance.
  2. Death Without Company – When Mari Baroja is found poisoned at the Durant Home for Assisted Living, Sheriff Longmire is drawn into an investigation that reaches fifty years into the mysterious woman’s dramatic Basque past.
  3. Kindness Goes Unpunished – Walt Longmire joins his friend Henry Standing Bear on a trip to the Philadelphia to see his daughter. He hasn’t even put his boots up when Cady is viciously attacked and left near death on the steps of the Franklin Institute.
  4. Another Man’s Moccasins – When the body of a young Vietnamese woman is discovered alongside the interstate in Wyoming’s Absaroka County, Sheriff Walt Longmire finds only one suspect, Virgil White Buffalo, a Crow with a troubling past.


  1. The Dark Horse – Wade Barsad, a man with a dubious past and a gift for making enemies, burned his wife Mary’s horses in their barn; in retribution, she shot him in the head six times, or so the story goes. But Sheriff Walt Longmire doesn’t believe Mary’s confession and is determined to dig deeper.
  2. Junkyard Dogs – It’s a volatile new economy in Durant when the owners of a multimillion-dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent Stewart junkyard. Meeting the notorious Stewart clan is an adventure unto itself, and conflict erupts.
  3. Hell is Empty – Raynaud Shade, an adopted Crow Indian rumored to be one of the country’s most dangerous sociopaths, has just confessed to murdering a boy ten years ago. Walt is asked to transport Shade through a blizzard to the site, but what begins as a typical criminal transport turns personal when the veteran lawman learns that he knows the dead boy’s family.
  4. Divorce Horse – eBook short story.
  5. As the Crow Flies – Cady is getting married in two weeks, and the wedding locale arrangements have just gone up in smoke signals. Fearing Cady’s wrath, Walt and his old friend Henry Standing Bear set out for the Cheyenne Reservation to find a new site for the nuptials. But their expedition ends in horror as they witness a young Crow woman plummeting from Painted Warrior’s majestic cliffs.
  6. Christmas in Absaroka County – Four Longmire Christmas eBook short stories.
  7. Messenger – eBook short story.


  1. A Serpent’s Tooth – It’s homecoming for the Durant Dogies when Cord Lynear, a Mormon ‘lost boy’ forced off his compound for rebellious behavior, shows up in Absaroka County. Without much guidance, divine or otherwise, Sheriff Walt Longmire, Vic Moretti, and Henry Standing Bear search for the boy’s mother and find themselves on a high-plains scavenger hunt that ends at the barbed-wire doorstep of an interstate polygamy group.
  2. Spirit of Steamboat – Sheriff Walt Longmire is in his office reading A Christmas Carol when he is interrupted by a ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar and more than a few questions about his predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt’s on his own this Christmas Eve, so he agrees to help her.
  3. 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.
  4. Wait for Signs – Twelve Longmire stories.
  5. Dry Bone – When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found surfaces in Sheriff Walt Longmire’s jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum – until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond.


  1. The Highwayman – When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man’s-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving ‘officer needs assistance’ calls. The problem? They’re coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half-century ago
  2. An Obvious Fact – In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are called to Hulett, Wyoming – the nearest town to America’s first national monument, Devils Tower – to investigate, things start getting complicated.
  3. The Western Star – Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff’s Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.
  4. Depth of Winter – An international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the one-hundred-and-ten degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.


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  1. Shirley Christie

    Soooo enjoyed this series on Netflix. It should have continued. Now I want to read the books as they had come out.

    • Wes

      Have enjoyed the Craig Johnson books. Used to reading Historic biographies, especially about WWII. Craig provides a wonderful platform to continue the Longmire series in the best place-our own minds. Sorry A&E and Netflix-YOU REALLY SCREWED UP BY NOT CONTINUING THE SERIES!

  2. Robert Kello

    Which book shows that Walt and Vic get together?

  3. Tanya Walker

    Read the Joe Pickett Series by CJBox and they were awesome. Looking for another good series. Suggestions???

  4. Joy Dabbs

    My husband and I devoured the Longmire series on Netflix. Our first binge watching experience & so well worth it. Now I’m starting the books in order. Please do a movie or something for us Longmire fans. It was by far the best thing we have seen in many years. My sister and her family say please also!

    • Marcii J.

      My husband and I also binged on Longmire~sometimes till the sun rose on our ranch. I love, love all the characters and didn’t want it to end.

  5. Steve Grosskreutz

    I have binge-watched the series as well and am just now finishing “The Depth of Winter”. I need more to material to satisfy my “Walt fix!” Make a movie. Restart the series. Craig, Keep Writing!!!!

  6. Eric

    So do you need to read the Longmire books in order? Or is each one it’s own story? I wanted to read them in order but it takes so long to get each copy checked out because of waiting lists I figured I’d just read them whichever was available at the time.

  7. Sylvia Gartner

    I’m a bit confused. In the TV series, Walt’s wife was murdered, and he spends parts of each early season both solving the “crime of the week” and searching for his wife’s killer. I didn’t read the first two books because I believed the TV show was based on them, especially the one about the boys accused of raping a Cheyenne young woman. Your description of Walt says that his wife died of cancer. Did they change that for the TV Show?

    • Fabien

      Indeed, that’s one of the differences between the books and the tv show. In the books, Walt’s Wife died of cancer.

  8. Jessie

    Since I live near Craig, I have met and spent some time with him.
    Craig is not only an awesomely talented author, he is a wonderful, down to earth human being that it is an honor to know.

    • Candy

      Your right so good I’m watching them now. Can’t stop….I’d love to meet the author

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