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Publication Order of Hank the Cowdog Books

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

Publication Order of Hank's Ranch Life Books

Cowboys and Horses (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ranching and Livestock (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ranch Wildlife (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ranch Weather (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Riley McDaniels Books

Moonshiner's Gold (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Discovery at Flint Springs (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fear's Return (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Collections

The Devil in Texas and Other Cowboy Tales (With: Gerald L. Holmes) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alkali County Tales (With: Gerald L. Holmes) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

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

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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