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Publication Order of Hannah and the Horseman Books

Hannah and the Horseman (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Courtship of Hannah and the Horseman (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riding with Hannah and the Horseman (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hannah and the Horseman at the Gallows Tree (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hannah and the Horseman on the Western Trail (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Odyssey of Hannah and the Horseman (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Job for Hannah and the Horseman (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Killstraight Books

The Hart Brand (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killstraight (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whiskey Kills (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill the Indian (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing Trail (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killstraight Returns (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Frontier Story Books

Poison Spring (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cane Creek Regulators (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

This Man Colter (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of Dunbar's Gold (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten and Me (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lonesome Chisholm Trail (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foundation of the Law (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once They Wore the Gray (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lonely Trumpet (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arm of the Bandit (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Despoilers (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Fifty, The (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spark on the Prairie (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Purgatoire (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
East of the Border (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Law of the Land (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Voyage of the Mittie Stephens (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Camp Ford (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Legion (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walk Proud, Stand Tall (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Northfield (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doubtful Canon (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soldier's Farewell (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Río Chama (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hard Winter (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing Shot (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
West Texas Kill (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
South by Southwest (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy of a Lawman (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
And There I'll Be a Soldier (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer of the Star (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wreaths of Glory (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greasy Grass (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of Fire (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mojave (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return to Red River (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Top Soldier (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hard Way Out of Hell (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kansas City Cowboys (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Raven's Honor (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taos Lightning (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
MacKinnon (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fall of Abilene (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buckskin, Bloomers, and Me: A Circle V Western (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Thousand Texas Longhorns (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Matthew Johnson, Us Marshal (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Longhorns East (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Cobbler of Spanish Fort and Other Frontier Stories (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Piano at Dead Man’s Crossing (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comanche Camp at Dawn (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Umpire Colt (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The San Angela Stump Match of 1876 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legend (With: Loren D. Estleman) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Pampered Cowboy (1797)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Terrible Texas Weather (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Murder Trials of the Old West (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jesse James and the Movies (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The American West on Film (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sports on Film (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Newspaper Journalists on Film (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Ghost Towns(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cactus Country, Volume I(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lone Ranger Chronicles(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Showdown(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trading Post and Other Frontier Stories(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hobnail and Other Frontier Stories(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Johnny Boggs is an American author born in 1962 and who primarily writes Western novels.


Johnny Boggs spent his childhood on a farm in South Carolina. Interestingly enough, Boggs lived quite close to Francis Marion’s home. Marion was a revolutionary war hero. One wonders whether living around Marion’s old stamping grounds had any impact on Johnny Boggs choices as an aspiring writer.

Boggs always knew that he wanted to write. At the time, other kids were more interested in watching movies and Television shows and playing characters like Cool Hand Luke. Boggs loved movies, but he also took great joy from creating his own unique characters.

By the third grade, Boggs had already written his first story, and it wasn’t the last one. Boggs began penning tales about detectives and superheroes that he would then sell to his classmates. He will attest to earning a sizeable amount of money in the process, sizeable for his age at least.

When it came to education, Boggs went to the University of Carolina. He graduated in 1984, taking a degree in Journalism with him. He was able to secure employment with the Dallas Times Herald, finding a place in their sports department.

It took him a while, but he was able to climb the ladder to the position of assistant sports editor. Unfortunately, the Dallas Times Herald Folded in 1991. Luckily for Boggs, he was able to find a place at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Once again, he gravitated towards the sports section.

Difficult as the work might have been, Boggs still managed to climb the ranks to become assistant sports editor. This time, rather than the Fort Worth Star-Telegram folding, Boggs simply left, choosing to give his novels and freelancing efforts even more of his time.

Johnny Boggs’ interest in Westerns isn’t that surprising. After all, Westerns were still a thing on Television during his childhood. With shows like Gunsmoke piquing his interest, there was never a time when Boggs didn’t love Westerns, at least as far as he can remember.

As he grew older, though, while Boggs’ love for Westerns remained strong, he slowly but surely drifted away from the Hollywood representation of that world. Instead, Boggs found that he was drawn to stories of the true West, tales that lacked the glamor and shine of Hollywood.

It wasn’t long before he learned about and drifted towards Western fiction, with authors like Dorothy M. Johnson drawing his interest. Since taking up the pen and deciding to seriously pursue his writing career, Johnny Boggs has written about the American West from every possible perspective.

Whether you want fashion news or historical articles and even environmental issues, not to mention reviews and celebrities, if you love the American West then Boggs has probably written something that you will love. You only need to closely scrutinize his bibliography to find it.

Boggs believes that the West is more of a spiritual place than a physical place, and it has the power to elicit a unique sense of being amongst those who love and read about it. Boggs admits that the Western Genre has seen better days. However, he is pretty certain about its bright future, even on the big screen, primarily because the West is America’s heritage and people will eventually look for a medium that can tell those stories about that world.

For his efforts, Johnny Boggs has won the Spur Award a number of times. He has also won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award.

The author loves to canoe, hike and traverse ghost towns, not to mention working cattle.


1876 was an important year in Minnesota. That was the year that the James-Younger gang tried to rob the First National Bank of Northfield. The consequences of their actions were quite disastrous; Johnny Boggs retells this story from a unique perspective.

This is one story that has been covered extensively, not only in books but movies as well. However, Boggs brings something new. His work not only covers the James-Younger gang, but it also gives the law a voice.

He also brings a lot of the actual people who lived through those events to light, using their real names and giving history enthusiasts a reference point of sorts. Readers can look forward to narrations from ordinary farmers that actually spoke to the gang members to business owners who witnessed their actions first hand.

The James and Younger families also come into play here, and they are a little different from what some people might have assumed. All in all, Johnny Boggs tells a complete story, filling in all the holes and gaps in the tale that always frustrated him, and making the world feel whole.

More than merely a historical account, this book is a great Western.

+The Big Fifty

Coady McIlvain was 12-years-old when his father was scalped by Indians. The event, which took place in 1872 in Kansas, manifested to Coady the stark realities frontier life. Taken prisoner in the process, Coady did the impossible and escaped, only to fall in with his hero, a sharpshooter named Dylan Griffith.

The two are thrown into an adventure as they struggle to survive in difficult terrain. Coady’s captors are not so forgiving and their determination to recapture their prey proves problematic. This Johnny Boggs Western contrasts the myths and legends of frontier life with its brutal realities.

There is no other book out there that has done as effective a job of portraying buffalo hunters. Boggs creates a unique hero in Dylan Griffith. He is certainly the good guy here but he isn’t all good, showing little regard for his fellow man in some instances.

The Indians are very varied. You have some truly vicious and cruel ones; however, Boggs also introduces some amongst their ranks who are brave and considerate. Boggs gives everyone a fair opportunity to voice their perspective. Because the story starts out with such a bang, it immediately hooks readers and it doesn’t let them go throughout its run.

You can tell by reading this book that Boggs has a great appreciation for the West. His love for this part of history shines through every single word he writes.

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