KUSA - Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series which has garnered popular and critical acclaim.
His latest book is called "A Serpent's Tooth." Johnson talked to 9NEWS Friday morning to discuss the mystery books and what makes them so popular with western audiences.
The Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama Longmire starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Kate Sackoff.
Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyo. - population 25 - which is in the northeast portion of state near the border with Montana. Longmire based in Absaroka County, Wyo.
Longmire airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. Season 2 just kicked off on Memorial Day.
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