Elmore Leonard Books

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Author Elmore Leonard was born October 11, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family moved around due to the fact that his father worked for General Motors as a site locator. They would later settle in 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. When he entered the University of Detroit in 1946, he began to take writing more seriously; he started sending off short stories he had written off to magazines and entering them into short story contests. Leonard’s first big break was when “Trail of the Apaches”, which is a story he had written was published in Argosy. Leonard was married three times, divorced twice, and had five children (all with his first wife). He had a stroke on July 29, 2013, for a time he was recovering but later died on August 20, 2013.

Order of Jack Ryan Series

1The Big Bounce 1969Description / Buy
2Unknown Man #89 1977Description / Buy

Order of Frank Ryan Series

1Swag / Ryan's Rules 1976Description / Buy
2Stick 1982Description / Buy

Order of Chili Palmer Series

1Get Shorty 1990Description / Buy
2Be Cool 1999Description / Buy

Order of Raylan Givens Series

1Pronto 1993Description / Buy
2Riding the Rap 1995Description / Buy
3Fire in the Hole 2001Description / Buy
4Raylan 2011Description / Buy

Order of Jack Foley Series

1Out Of Sight 1996Description / Buy
2Road Dogs 2009Description / Buy

Order of Carl Webster Series

1The Hot Kid 2005Description / Buy
2Up in Honey's Room 2007Description / Buy
3Comfort to the Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories 2009Description / Buy

Order of Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara Series

1The Switch 1978Description / Buy
2Rum Punch 1992Description / Buy

Order of Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup Series

1Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup #1 1998Description / Buy
2Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup #2 1998Description / Buy
3Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup #3 1998Description / Buy

Order of Elmore Leonard Standalone Novels

1The Bounty Hunters 1953Description / Buy
2The Law at Randado 1954Description / Buy
3Escape from Five Shadows 1956Description / Buy
4Last Stand at Saber River 1959Description / Buy
5Hombre 1961Description / Buy
6The Moonshine War 1969Description / Buy
7Valdez Is Coming 1970Description / Buy
8Forty Lashes Less One 1972Description / Buy
952 Pick Up 1974Description / Buy
10Mr Majestyk 1974Description / Buy
11The Hunted 1977Description / Buy
12Gunsights 1979Description / Buy
13Gold Coast 1980Description / Buy
14City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit 1980Description / Buy
15Split Images 1981Description / Buy
16Cat Chaser 1982Description / Buy
17LaBrava 1983Description / Buy
18Glitz 1985Description / Buy
19Bandits 1987Description / Buy
20Touch 1987Description / Buy
21Freaky Deaky 1988Description / Buy
22Killshot 1989Description / Buy
23Maximum Bob 1991Description / Buy
24Cuba Libre 1998Description / Buy
25Pagan Babies 2000Description / Buy
26Tishomingo Blues 2002Description / Buy
27Mr. Paradise 2004Description / Buy
28A Coyote's in the House 2004Description / Buy
29Djibouti 2010Description / Buy
30The Trespassers (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
31Confession (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy

Order of Elmore Leonard Short Story Collections

1Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories 1953Description / Buy
2The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories 1975Description / Buy
3Dutch Treat 1985Description / Buy
4When the Women Come Out to Dance 2001Description / Buy
5The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard 2004Description / Buy
6The Complete Western Stories 2004Description / Buy
7Moment of Vengeance and Other Stories 2006Description / Buy
8Blood Money and Other Stories 2006Description / Buy
9Trail of the Apache and Other Stories 2007Description / Buy
10Charlie Martz and Other Stories 2015Description / Buy

Order of Elmore Leonard Non-Fiction Books

1Notebooks 1990Description / Buy
2Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing 2006Description / Buy

Elmore Leonard Anthologies

1 New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories1994Description / Buy
2 Naked Came the Manatee1997Description / Buy
3 Western Movies1997Description / Buy
4 The Best American Mystery Stories 19971997Description / Buy
5 The Best American Mystery Stories 20032003Description / Buy
6 Books to Die For2012Description / Buy
7 The Best American Mystery Stories 20162016Description / Buy
8 Miami Noir2020Description / Buy
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Leonard is mostly known for writing novels and short stories, but he also wrote some screenplays. The most notable was “Joe Kidd” (which starred Clint Eastwood), he also wrote the screenplays for some of the adaptations of his own work. He wrote a sequel to “High Noon” in 1980. The novels and stories he wrote were both from the western genre and also mysteries, crime fiction, and thrillers. He started out writing westerns, in the fifties and sixties. From the seventies on, he worked on crime and thriller stories.


Leonard was awarded a Grand Master for Lifetime Achievement from Mystery Writers of America. He also won an Edgar for his 1984 novel called “La Brava”.


A lot of Leonard’s work has been adapted for the screen in some way. His western story “Three-Ten to Yuma” has been adapted twice, once in 1957 and again in 2007. “Get Shorty” was made into a movie in 1995 that starred John Travolta, Danny DeVito, and Rene Russo. “Killshot” was made into a movie that starred Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke. The television series “Justified” is based off stories (“Pronto”, “Riding the Rap”, and “Fire in the Hole”) that feature a popular character of Leonard’s named Raylan Givens. “Out of Sight” was made into a novel. As was “Rum Punch”, that was titled “Jackie Brown” and was made by Quentin Tarrantino. When Leonard read the screenplay for “Jackie Brown”, he said that it was the best he had ever read.


For those readers looking to get into novels by Elmore Leonard, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Get Shorty” and “Be Cool”.

Get Shorty: This is the first novel in the “Chili Palmer” series and was released in the year 1990. Chili Palmer (a loan shark that has mob connections) is tired of the grind in Miami, and his friends have been dying there. He has to pursue a client that is not paying up and chases him out to Hollywood. Chili thinks that this might be a place that would be good to stay. It has dream makers, liars, hucksters, and liars; not to mention would be starlets who are beautiful (and do not wear much clothing). It seems to be a great place for someone who is an enterprising criminal who has cinematic tastes. He has the perfect idea for something that would make a killer movie. It may get him killed just getting the thing made, though.

Be Cool: This is the second novel in the “Chili Palmer” series and was released in the year 1999. The movie that Chili made after “Get Leo” bombed. This does not bode well in a town that considers you only as hot as the last film you made. He is outside again and explores an idea for the next film. He has lunch with an old associate from his time in New York, that is now an executive for a record label. The lunch starts with iced tea and ends with a mob hit. Chili finds that he needs help from Detective Darryl Holmes (one of LAPD’s finest cops); he might also be a target of Russian gangsters. There is a hit man on his trail, while he tries to put together film number three. It is going to be about Linda Moon, a real singer that has big dreams. Bigger than just being with Chicks International and covering the music of the Spice Girls. She wants away from the pimp, Raji, that manages her. The plot will be based off what happens after Chili gets her career out of Raji’s hands. He finds success in the music business, faking it with aplomb that has become his trademark. He advances his friends and manipulates his enemies.

When Does The Next Elmore Leonard book come out?

Elmore Leonard doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Charlie Martz and Other Stories and was released on June, 16th 2015. It is the newest book in the Elmore Leonard Short Story Collections.


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