Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard

This is a complete list of Elmore Leonard books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

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List of Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
6
The Bounty Hunters
1953
2
6
The Law at Randado
1954
3
6
Escape from Five Shadows
1956
4
6
Last Stand at Saber River
1959
5
7
Hombre
1961
6
The Moonshine War
1969
7
6
Valdez Is Coming
1970
8
Forty Lashes Less One
1972
9
8
52 Pick Up
1974
10
Mr Majestyk
1974
11
8
The Hunted
1977
12
6
Gunsights
1979
13
Gold Coast
1980
14
6
City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit
1980
15
Split Images
1981
16
8
Cat Chaser
1982
17
6
LaBrava
1983
18
Glitz
1985
19
6.5
Bandits
1987
20
Touch
1987
21
7
Freaky Deaky
1988
22
9
Killshot
1989
23
7
Maximum Bob
1991
24
6
Cuba Libre
1998
25
8
Pagan Babies
2000
26
7.3
Tishomingo Blues
2002
27
7.5
Mr. Paradise
2004
28
A Coyote's in the House
2004
29
8
Djibouti
2010
30
The Trespassers
2013
31
Confession
2013

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

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

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Elmore Leonard Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Florida Stories
1993
2
New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories
1994
3
Murder For Love
1996
4
Pulp Frictions: Hardboiled Stories
1996
5
6
Naked Came the Manatee
1997
6
Western Movies
1997
7
The Best American Mystery Stories 1997
1997
8
Murder On The Railways
2003
9
9
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003
2003
10
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing
2010
11
Books to Die For
2012
12
8
Long Night
2014
13
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016
2016
14
Miami Noir
2020
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Elmore Leonard: Biography

Elmore Leonard (Elmore John Leonard Jr.) was born on October 11th, 1925. Elmore passed away August 20th, 2013 at 87 years old. Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Leonard attended University of Detroit where he received a B.A. English and Philosophy.

Elmore Leonard (Elmore John Leonard Jr.) is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 31 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1953 with the novel The Bounty Hunters. The most recently released novel was Confession which was released in 2013.

Elmore Leonard also wrote the Short Story Collections series which has 10 books including Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories and The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories.

Elmore Leonard has made the Kono Mystery ga Sugoi list in Japan once. Freaky Deaky made #4 on the list in 1989.

Elmore Leonard: Awards & Accolades

Elmore Leonard has won multiple awards including: The Edgar Award, Grand Master, in 1992 and the Owen Wister Award, Saddleman Award, in 2009.

Leonard's books have also won multiple awards, LaBrava won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1984 as well as the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Awards - The Martin Beck Award in 1985. Maximum Bob won the Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel, in 1991. Tishomingo Blues won the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2003. Books to Die For won the Agatha Award, Best Non-fiction, in 2012 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Non-Fiction Book in 2013, Macavity Award - Best Mystery Critical/Biographical in 2013.

Elmore Leonard books have also been nominated for multiple awards, The Switch was nominated for the Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original, in 1979. Split Images was nominated for the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1983. Naked Came the Manatee was nominated for the Edgar Award, Best First Novel, in 2000. Books to Die For was nominated for the Edgar Award, Best Critical/Biographical Work, in 2013 as well as the Edgar Award - Best Critical/Biographical Work in 2013.

Elmore Leonard: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Elmore Leonard on Book Notification is 52 Pick Up, a Standalone novel.

The most read book by Elmore Leonard on Book Notification is Pronto, the 1st novel in the Raylan Givens series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Elmore Leonard are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  3. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. James Patterson, author of the Women's Murder Club Series.

Elmore Leonard: F.A.Q

When was Elmore Leonard Born?

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11th, 1925.

When did Elmore Leonard die?

Elmore Leonard died on August 20th, 2013 at 87 years old.

Where was Elmore Leonard Born?

Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

What awards has Elmore Leonard won?

Elmore Leonard has won the following awards: Grand Master at the Edgar Award (1992) and the Saddleman Award at the Owen Wister Award (2009).

What book awards has Elmore Leonard won?

LaBrava: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (1984), Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy Awards The Martin Beck Award (1985).
Maximum Bob: Hammett Prize Best Crime Novel (1991).
Tishomingo Blues: Audie Award Best Male Narrator (2003).
Books to Die For: Agatha Award Best Non-fiction (2012), Anthony Award Best Non-Fiction Book (2013), Macavity Award Best Mystery Critical/Biographical (2013).

What was the first book Elmore Leonard wrote?

The first novel written by Elmore Leonard was The Bounty Hunters, published in 1953.

What was the most recent book Elmore Leonard wrote?

His most recently released work was Raylan Goes to Detroit on September 18th, 2018.

How many books has Elmore Leonard written?

Elmore Leonard has written 64 books across 11 series, excluding contributions to anthologies.
  • 2 books in the Jack Ryan Series
  • 2 books in the Frank Ryan Series
  • 2 books in the Chili Palmer Series
  • 5 books in the Raylan Givens Series
  • 2 books in the Jack Foley Series
  • 3 books in the Carl Webster Series
  • 2 books in the Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara Series
  • 3 books in the Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup Series
  • 31 Standalone Novels
  • 10 Short Story Collections
  • 2 Non-Fiction Books

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Before I read his books, I heard people praising Elmore Leonard’s gritty realism and strong dialog. Actually, his Wikipedia page says the same thing. I was reading it to try and get a sense of his writing style.

    These days, most of us are picky. Our busy schedules won’t allow us to waste hours or even minutes on books that do not suit us. I wanted to ensure that Leonard was my cup of tea before I started buying his books. Do you know what I learned?

    This man wrote the story that Hollywood adapted when they created Justified, the greatest piece of western-inspired entertainment of the modern age. So, yes, I’m sold. I intend to read every Elmore Leonard novel on this list.

    waterburg72
    waterburg72
    2 months ago

    “PRONTO” – Have you ever been reading a book and you can’t wait to finish it? Not because it was good, but it was BAD! Yes, that is this book. I just couldn’t get into this book. The only reason I read it because of the TV series (Justified) a few years (and the up start of the series again) ago with the character Raylan Givens. I loved the show, but this book stinks (although this is not the book the series was loosely based on). The story is boring, the characters a boring (except Givens), little to no action, etc…

    I believe there are only four books in this series, so I guess I will give them a read. I sure hope the next book is better. In my opinion, don’t bother with this one.

    waterburg72
    waterburg72
    1 month ago

    RIDING THE RAP – Well, I will say this book was better than “Pronto”, but not by much. It kept my interest way more that the afore mentioned book. The action (what little there was) was better. The ending was underwhelming. I guess I will still read the remaining three books since I’ve already started the series. I won’t be in any hurry though.

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