Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on October 11th, 1925 and passed away at the age of 87 on August 20th, 2013.

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Elmore Leonard Stats: The highest rated book by Elmore Leonard on Book Notification is Road Dogs, the 2nd novel in the Jack Foley series. The second-highest rated book is The Bounty Hunters, a Standalone novel.

The most read book by Elmore Leonard on Book Notification is Pronto, the first novel in the Raylan Givens series. The second most read book is Get Shorty (Chili Palmer #1).

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

List of Jack Ryan Books in Publication Order

List of Frank Ryan Books in Publication Order

List of Chili Palmer Books in Publication Order

List of Raylan Givens Books in Publication Order

List of Jack Foley Books in Publication Order

List of Carl Webster Books in Publication Order

List of Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara Books in Publication Order

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

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
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81953
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71954
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71956
4
71959
5
81961
6
81969
7
61970
8
1972
9
81974
10
81974
11
81977
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71979
13
81980
14
6.71980
15
81981
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81982
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61983
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81985
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71987
20
1987
21
7.31988
22
8.51989
23
7.31991
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61998
25
92000
26
7.52002
27
7.72004
28
2004
29
82010
30
2013
31
2013

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Elmore Leonard Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
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1961
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1993
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1994
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1996
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1996
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9 2003
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2010
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2012
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8 2014
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2016
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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: 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 book 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 Charlie Martz and Other Stories on June 16th, 2015.

How many books has Elmore Leonard written?

Elmore Leonard has written 63 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
  • 4 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
    7 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
    6 months 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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