Walt Longmire is a fictional character created by American author Craig Johnson. He was created for Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire novels, but has since moved onto his own TV series on A&E called “Longmire.” The series debuted to an amazing 4.1 million viewers, making it the #1 original series premiere of all time on the station.

The Walt Longmire series began with The Cold Dish, which was Craig Johnson’s debut as a novelist in 2004. Below is a list of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Walt Longmire Books

The Cold Dish (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Without Company (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kindness Goes Unpunished (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Another Man's Moccasins (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dark Horse (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Junkyard Dogs (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hell Is Empty (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Divorce Horse (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
As the Crow Flies (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Messenger (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Serpent's Tooth (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spirit of Steamboat (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Any Other Name (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dry Bones (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Highwayman (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Obvious Fact (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Western Star (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Depth of Winter (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Land of Wolves (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Next to Last Stand (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Walt Longmire Short Stories/Novellas

Christmas in Absaroka County (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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19 Responses to “Order of Walt Longmire Books”

  1. Mike Condon: 3 weeks ago

    Are the books best read in order or does it not matter?

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    • Graeme: 3 weeks ago

      My own opinion is every book series – if possible – should be read in order. You get to see the writer grow as the character grows etc. In saying that with these novels each mystery is generally wrapped up within that book so if you do read out of order it’s not the worst thing. You’d miss out on character relationships though etc as the books progress.

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  2. Clara Burnett: 6 years ago

    Really miss Longmire on A&E. Great that it is on Netflix but not everyone subscribes to it (or can afford to). Guess it is time to start collecting the books which are usually so much better anyway.

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    • joe: 5 years ago

      You can’t afford $8/month? Subscribe for one month, and binge-watch all episodes. Cost per episode is pennies.

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      • Arsena N Penny McIntire: 4 years ago

        not everyone can, no.

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      • Leslie Griffin: 11 months ago

        Joe, while binge watching, record everything.

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    • PATRICIA SENTER: 4 years ago

      if you do not have netflex, get it. Catch up and starting in September will be the new and final season. You can not just leave yourself hanging.

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  3. brucegarthe: 6 years ago

    Can’t wait for Craig Johnson’s next Longmire novel after “Dry Bones.” It should be announced soon! Of course Walt and Vic are a lot further along in their relationship in the books than they are on TV….

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  4. Big George: 6 years ago

    Love the TV series and love the books, and except for the names the two don’t match each other at all!

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    • Aynn Titchenal: 5 years ago

      Thank you! I had read 4 of the books before I saw the television show, and while I’m liking the show very much (well done, good production properties) I am disappointed that: Walt doesn’t wear a white hat…Henry doesn’t look like an Indian…Vic doesn’t have a longshoreman’s mouth…and Katy lives in Wyoming, not Philadelphia. Other than that… 🙂

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  5. Janie: 6 years ago

    loved the TV series. Seems like all the entertaining series are cancelled.
    What a shame. TV hot shots don’t let the audience grow to like and develop their characters.

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  6. Hollie Sadiyeh: 7 years ago

    They would rather keep showing reruns of 48hours over and over and over, Storage (staged) Wars.

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    • gayle collier: 6 years ago

      Did you hear that Netflix has picked up Longmire for season 4?! YAY

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  7. Angela Anderson: 7 years ago

    Loved the Longmire Mysteries Series on TV. What is the matter with these producers and TV moguls. Don’t they know a good thing when they see it. Why the concentration on the young. We want Walt Back. Look at your comments and listen to the people who pay the bills in the household.

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    • gayle collier: 6 years ago

      Did you hear that Netflix has picked up Longmire for season 4?

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      • Tracy La Rue: 6 years ago

        That’s great. I love this show. It’s about real characters that look and act like everyday people. Everyone is not rich or pretty, etc.

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      • Rick Smith: 4 years ago

        I saw that they were playing previous seasons, but didn’t realize they were going to produce new episodes. That is good news. Fantastic series

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  8. Capoman: 7 years ago

    I’ve been watching Longmire on A&E. I better check out the books.

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    • AmberQuest: 6 years ago

      The books are so much better and INTENSE!

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