BornJanuary 16, 1961 (1961-01-16) (age 49)Huntington, West Virginia
[[Murder_mystery|Mystery]], [[Crime fiction]], [[Detective_fiction|Detective]], [[Western_(genre)|Western]]
Notable work(s)The Cold Dish, Death Without Company, Kindness Goes Unpunished, Another Man's Moccasins, The Dark Horse, Junkyard Dogs
Official WebsiteCraig Allen Johnson
(born January 16, 1961) is an American novelist and playwright. He has written six novels. His Sheriff Walt Longmire novels include The Cold Dish
, Death Without Company
, Kindness Goes Unpunished
, Another Man's Moccasins
, and The Dark Horse
, which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal, and was named one of Publisher's Weekly's best books of the year (2009). The Cold Dish
and The Dark Horse
were both Dilys Award finalists, and Death Without Company
was named the Wyoming Historical Association's Book of the Year. Another Man's Moccasins
received the Western Writer's of America Spur Award for best novel of 2008 as well as the Mountains and Plains award for fiction book of the year. The most recent Walt Longmire novel, Junkyard Dogs
, was released by Viking on June 1, 2010.
A television series based on Johnson's protagonist from the Viking/Penguin novels, Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, is in development with Warner Horizon Television and TNT. Golden Globe and Emmy Award—winning Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin (The Shephard/Robin Company) are executive producing alongside Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, who are adapting the novel for the screen. Greg Yaitanes is attached to direct. Shephard and Robin are currently executive producers on The Closer (TNT). Among other projects, they executive produced Nip/Tuck (FX) and Trust Me (TNT), the latter created and produced by Baldwin and Coveny. Yaitanes is an executive producer and Emmy Award-winning director on House (Fox).
Johnson is a board member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.