Authors > Elmore Leonard

In more than 30 books spanning half a century, Elmore Leonard has captured the imagination of millions as few writers can. A literary icon praised by the New York Times Book Review as “the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever, ” he has influenced many contemporary writers and is known for both the quality and accessibility of his writing. -- When the Women Come Out to Dance.

“Elmore Leonard is in a class of one….The greatest crime writer who ever lived.” — Dennis Lehane

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Joe LaBrava first fell in love with femme fatale movie queen Jean Shaw in a darkened theater when he was twelve. Now he's finally meeting his dream woman in the flesh, albeit in a rundown Miami crisis center.

Year: 1983     Genre: Crime Fiction

Get Shorty

Getting Leo becomes a movie pitch unfolding in a city where every move you make is a potential scene, and making it big isn't all that different from making your bones: You gotta know who to pitch, who to hit, and how to knock 'em dead.

Year: 1990     Genre: Crime Fiction

Rum Punch

When a blowsy blond blowhead and a none-too-bright ex con try to muscle in on the action, it's time to pull and old bait and switch--where the good guys are played off against the bad guys--and where Jackie and Max hope to walk off into the Florida sunset with a hot half million in cold cash.

Year: 1992     Genre: Crime Fiction

Out of Sight

World-class gentleman felon Jack Foley is busting out of Florida's Glades Prison when he runs head on into a shotgun-wielding Karen Sisco. Suddenly he's sharing a cramped car trunk with the classy, disarmed federal marshal and the chemistry is working overtime--and as soon as she escapes, he's already missing her. But there are bad men and a major score waiting for Jack in Motown. And the next time his path crosses Karen's, chances are she's going to be there for business, not pleasure.

Year: 1996     Genre: Crime Fiction




1953The Bounty Hunters Westerns, Arizona
1956Escape from Five Shadows Prison
1959Last Stand at Saber River Westerns, Arizona
1961Hombre Westerns, Arizona
1969Big Bounce Crime Fiction
1969The Moonshine War Prohibition
1970Valdez is Coming Westerns
1972Forty Lashes Less One Westerns, Arizona
197452 Pickup Crime Fiction, Extortion, Detroit
1974Mr. Majestyk Revenge, Arizona
1976Swag Crime Fiction, Detroit
1977The Hunted Crime Fiction, Israel
1977Unknown Man #89 Mystery, Suspense, Detroit
1978The Switch Kidnapping, Revenge, Detroit
1979Gunsights Murder Mystery, Westerns, Arizona
1980City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit Crime Fiction, Detroit
1980Gold Coast Crime Fiction, Florida
1981Split Images Murder Mystery, Florida
1982Cat Chaser Crime Fiction, Miami
1983LaBrava Crime Fiction, Miami
1983Stick Crime Fiction, Miami
1985Glitz Noir Fiction, Miami
1987Bandits Crime Fiction
1987Touch Crime Fiction
1988Freaky Deaky Revenge, Detroit
1989Killshot Extortion
1990Get Shorty Crime Fiction, Hollywood
1991Maximum Bob Crime Fiction, Florida
1992Rum Punch Crime Fiction, Florida
1993Pronto Crime Fiction, Organized Crime, Raylan Givens, Italy
1995Riding the Rap Crime Fiction, Kidnapping, Raylan Givens, Florida
1996Out of Sight Crime Fiction, Detroit, Florida
1998Cuba Libre Action, Cuba
1999Be Cool Crime Fiction, Music, Chili Palmer, Hollywood
2000Pagan Babies Crime Fiction, Detroit
2002Fire in the Hole Crime Fiction, Short Stories
2002Tishomingo Blues Crime Fiction
2002When the Women Come Out to Dance Crime Fiction, Short Stories
2004Mr. Paradise Murder Mystery, Detroit
2004The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard Westerns, Short Stories
2005The Hot Kid Hardboiled Detective, Carl Webster
2007Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing on Writing
2007Up in Honey's Room Police Procedural, Carl Webster
2009Comfort to the Enemy Crime Fiction, Carl Webster, Short Stories
2009Road Dogs Crime Fiction
2010Djibouti Mystery, Africa
2012Raylan Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Raylan Givens
2017Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonardby Charles J. Rzepkaon Writing