Does America's least populous state, Wyoming, have the highest number of good writers per capita? Annie Proulx, Gretel Ehrlich, Alexandra Fuller, Alison Hagy, C.J. Box, William Haywood Henderson (and his gay novel Native), and Craig Johnson. Last night we went to the library expecting Johnson to read; instead, he screened the pilot of the record-breaking new A&E series based on his novels about Absaroka County sheriff Walt Longmire.
Johnson's first novel The Cold Dish [Kindle] won France's Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur, and his fourth, Another Man's Moccasins [Kindle] won the Spur Award and was named the Mountains & Plains Book of the Year. He recently published the series' ninth volume, As the Crow Flies, which USA Today called, “a top-notch tale of complex emotions and misguided treachery… a superb novel steeped in the culture of the American West.” The Houston Chronicle said, “The pleasure of the series rests in Walt’s narration, with its laid-back, observant, bemused recounting of events… Solid landscapes, a mélange of fully fleshed characters (familiar and new), drily laconic dialogue, and assorted power struggles keep the latest in this rich and satisfying series on engaging course.”