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Publication Order of Hank the Cowdog Books

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's a Dog's Life (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Middle Pasture (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faded Love (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Halloween Ghost (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Dog Has His Day (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Fiddle Playing Fox (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Missing Cat (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost in the Blinded Blizzard (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Car-Barkaholic Dog (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Hooking Bull (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Midnight Rustler (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Phantom in the Mirror (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Vampire Cat (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moonlight Madness (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Black-hooded Hangmans (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Kidnapped Collie (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Night-Stalking Bone Monster (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mopwater Files (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Vampire Vacuum Sweeper (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Haystack Kitties (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Vanishing Fishhook (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Garbage Monster from Outer Space (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Measled Cowboy (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slim's Good-bye (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Saddlehouse Robbery (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Raging Rottweiler (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fling (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Missing Bird Dog (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales and Tunes from Hank the Cowdog (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Shipwrecked Tree (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Burrowing Robot (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Twisted Kitty (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dungeon of Doom (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Homeless Pooch (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Falling Sky (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Watermelon Patch Mystery (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Tender Cheeping Chickies (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Monkey Burglar (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kitty Cheater (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Blazing Sky (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quest for the Great White Quail (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cookie Moon (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drover's Secret Life (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Dinosaur Birds (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Secret Weapon (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Coyote Invasion (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dancing Cowboy (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Valentine's Day Robbery (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Perfect Dog (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Runaway Windmill (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Mysterious Voice (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Question (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappearance of Drover (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Most Ancient Bone (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Tricky Trap (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Prowling Bear (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Deadly Ha-Ha Game (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Laundry Monster Files (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost of Rabbits Past (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return of the Charlie Monsters (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Three Rings (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Three Rings (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Almost Last Roundup (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Turkey Disaster (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wagons West (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Pledge (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Wandering Goats (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Troublesome Lady (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Monster Fire (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Three-Toed Sloth (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Buried Deer (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Frozen Rodeo (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Red Rubber Ball (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Missing Teeth (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Lost Camp (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incredible Ice Event (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Trouble (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Airborne Invasion (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hank's Ranch Life Books

Cowboys and Horses (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ranching and Livestock (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ranch Wildlife (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ranch Weather (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Riley McDaniels Books

Moonshiner's Gold (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Discovery at Flint Springs (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fear's Return (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Cowboys Are Partly Human (With: Gerald L. Holmes) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hunter (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ace Reid Cowpoke (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cowboy Country (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cowboys Are A Separate Species (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cowboys Are Old Enough to Know Better (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cowboy Fiddler in Bob Wills' Band (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The Devil in Texas and Other Cowboy Tales (With: Gerald L. Holmes) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alkali County Tales (With: Gerald L. Holmes) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Through Time and the Valley (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panhandle Cowboy (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Modern Cowboy (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Essays on Writing and Publishing (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Look (With: David W. Ray) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
LZ Cowboy (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catch Rope (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friends (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prairie Gothic (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Story Craft (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding Hank (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Smoke, Good Smoke (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Porch Talk (With: Douglas K. Boyd) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Voice in the American West Books

with Susan Cummins Miller
A Sweet, Separate Intimacy: Women Writers of the American Frontier, 1800-1922 (By: Susan Cummins Miller) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sweet, Separate Intimacy: Women Writers of the American Frontier, 1800–1922 (By: Susan Cummins Miller) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (By: Andy Wilkinson,Gail Folkins,J. Marcus Weekley) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
In My Father’s House: A Memoir of Polygamy (By: Andy Wilkinson,Dorothy Allred Solomon) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rightful Place (By: Amy Hale Auker,Linda M. Hasselstrom) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Light in the Trees (By: Andy Wilkinson,Gail Folkins) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ordinary Skin: Essays from Willow Springs (By: Amy Hale Auker) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

John R. Erickson is an American author best known for writing the Hank the Cowdog series. The long-running series features a smelly and smart-aleck cowdog who is the Head of Ranch Security. The children’s books have sold over seven million copies and give the readers a unique look at what daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle is like.

Erickson was born in Midland, Texas on October 20, 1943. He was the youngest of three children. Early in his life, his family moved to Perryton, Texas where he still lives to this day. Erickson and his wife live in Perryton on a cattle ranch. The couple has three children and four grandchildren. He came up with the Hank the Cowdog series when he first got Hank into the pages of The Cattleman. The magazine was for adults, but he knew that he had a hit on his hand when he started getting “Dear Hanks” letters. He made the decision to self-publish The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog. John originally published just two-thousand copies of the book which sold out in just six weeks. He has since been called a “grassroots publishing phenomena” by Publishers Weekly.

From there, he began getting invited to schools by teachers. Kids at libraries in Texas loved the Hank the Cowdog series and they were some of the most popular checkouts as the library. Erickson won the he 1993 Audie for Outstanding Children’s Series from the Audio Publisher’s Association. The books often appeal to reluctant readers thanks to the gifted storytelling of Erickson. The advice that John offers to writers is to “Write about something you know. Try to leave your readers better off than they were before.”

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog is where it all started in the Hank the Cowdog series. The story introduces us to Hank who is the Head of Ranch Security. Hank finds himself with a lot on his plate after the murder of a chicken on his ranch that he sets out to investigate. He finds that he could be the top suspect and ends up resigning from his position. Filled with despair, Hank heads for the hills where he decides to become an outlaw. He is taken in by a band of coyotes who are happy to teach him how they do things. The coyotes seem to be on his side in all of this, but then they reveal their plan. They are set to do a raid on Hank’s ranch. Will he be able to stop them? Or will this be a case of “if you can’t beat them, join them”?

The Hank the Cowdog series continues in The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog. This book begins with Hank defending the ranch against a Silver Monster Bird that is attacking the ranch. Then he finds himself stricken by a disease known as Eye-Crosserosis. Hank will need to act fast to find a cure for this disease or else risk losing his position as Head of Ranch Security. He is dedicated to finding a cure, a search which takes him to the cave of a witchy little owl named Madame Moonshine.

The third book in the Hank the Cowdog series is It’s A Dog’s Life. This book starts off like most Hank the Cowdog books with Hank in trouble. This time he decides to get away from it all by heading to town and visiting his sister, Maggie. It is meant as an innocent trip to town, but then Hank contracts a mysterious case of “soap hydrophobia” and finds himself in the dog pound.

Murder in the Middle Pasture is another book in the Hank the Cowdog series. Hank is faced with a mystery in this one that begins with the death of a calf. In order to find out what happened, Hank goes on a mission to spy on the coyote village where he believes the murdered is located. Things are never easy for Hank though and a pack of wild dogs will complicate things. In order to solve the case, Hank will have to use all of his powers of deduction.

The fifth entry in the series is called Faded Love. Hank is usually pretty busy with work, but he decides to take a vacation after working too hard. Now, his thoughts are turning to romance as he goes to see Miss Beulah the Collie, his true love. The trip to see her won’t be easy though as he’ll faces many complications on the way. Despite being on vacation, he’ll need to once again use his powers of intuition and deduction.

Another good entry in the Hank the Cowdog series is The Dungeon of Doom. One of Hank’s jobs on the ranch is to keep the area clear of intruders and that includes gophers. He’s doing this job one day when things get complicated and he inadvertently ends up causing a stampede in the middle of the roundup. This has some serious implications for Hank as he will be sent to Obedience School to learn some manners. Hank thinks this sounds like absolute torture and wonders if he’ll be able to survive.

The Case of the Buried Deer is a Hank the Cowdog adventure that sees the return of the Happy Lab. He’s good-natured, but Hank and Drover often find him to be exasperating. However, the two will learn that a loyal lab is one of the best friends that you can have.

The Frozen Rodeo takes place in early January as they receive word that an ice storm is coming. Making matters worse, their electric fence has short-circuited and some of their steers have strayed into town and ended up on the golf course. Slim saddles up his horse and with Hank by his side, the two set off to retrieve the steers.

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