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Elmore Leonard (1925–2013)

Author of Get Shorty

159+ Works 36,966 Members 856 Reviews 121 Favorited

About the Author

Elmore John Leonard, Jr. 10/11/25 -- 8/20/13 Elmore John Leonard, Jr., popularly known as mystery and western writer Elmore Leonard, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He received a Ph.D. in English from the show more University of Detroit in 1950. After graduating, he wrote short stories and western novels as well as advertising and education film scripts. In 1967, he began to write full-time and received several awards including the 1977 Western Writers of America award and the 1984 Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award. His other works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rum Punch. Many of his works were adapted into movies. Library of America recently announced plans to publish the first of a three-volume collection of his books beginning in the Fall of 2014. Leonard died on August 20, 2013 from complications of a stroke he had earlier. He was 87 years old. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Elmore Leonard

Get Shorty (1990) 2,380 copies, 48 reviews
Rum Punch (1992) 1,539 copies, 17 reviews
Out of Sight (1996) 1,511 copies, 27 reviews
Be Cool (1999) 1,414 copies, 16 reviews
Tishomingo Blues (2002) 1,410 copies, 23 reviews
Killshot (1989) 1,230 copies, 19 reviews
Maximum Bob (1991) 1,188 copies, 23 reviews
Pronto (1993) 1,177 copies, 25 reviews
Freaky Deaky (1988) 1,057 copies, 11 reviews
Cuba Libre (1998) 1,054 copies, 14 reviews
Riding the Rap (1995) 1,032 copies, 15 reviews
The Hot Kid (2005) 1,011 copies, 31 reviews
Glitz (1985) 988 copies, 18 reviews
Pagan Babies (2000) 979 copies, 20 reviews
Mr. Paradise (2002) 967 copies, 28 reviews
Bandits (1987) 917 copies, 9 reviews
Raylan (2012) 903 copies, 60 reviews
When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories (2003) — Author — 807 copies, 24 reviews
LaBrava (1984) 786 copies, 17 reviews
Road Dogs (2009) 737 copies, 40 reviews
Stick (1983) 686 copies, 7 reviews
Up in Honey's Room: A Novel (2007) 678 copies, 19 reviews
Naked Came the Manatee (1997) — Contributor — 677 copies, 18 reviews
52 Pick-Up (1974) 656 copies, 17 reviews
Djibouti (2010) 648 copies, 48 reviews
City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit (1980) 625 copies, 17 reviews
Touch (1987) 602 copies, 10 reviews
Swag (1976) 583 copies, 22 reviews
Cat Chaser (1982) 518 copies, 6 reviews
Unknown Man #89 (1977) 509 copies, 9 reviews
The Switch (1978) 490 copies, 10 reviews
Hombre (1961) 468 copies, 23 reviews
The Big Bounce (1969) 468 copies, 10 reviews
Split Images (1981) 452 copies, 9 reviews
Valdez Is Coming (1970) 416 copies, 20 reviews
Mr. Majestyk (1974) 391 copies, 7 reviews
Gold Coast (1980) 371 copies, 5 reviews
The Hunted (1977) 347 copies, 8 reviews
Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing (2001) 296 copies, 7 reviews
Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories (1953) 267 copies, 8 reviews
The Moonshine War (1969) 267 copies, 6 reviews
The Bounty Hunters (1953) 245 copies, 8 reviews
A Coyote's in the House (2004) 205 copies, 2 reviews
Forty Lashes Less One (1981) 190 copies, 4 reviews
Gunsights (1979) 176 copies, 3 reviews
Last Stand at Saber River (1980) 157 copies, 5 reviews
Escape from Five Shadows (1956) 156 copies, 4 reviews
The Law at Randado (1985) 154 copies, 3 reviews
Blood Money and Other Stories (2006) 50 copies, 1 review
Trail of the Apache and Other Stories (2007) 49 copies, 1 review
Joe Kidd [1972 film] (1972) — Screenwriter — 39 copies, 1 review
Get Shorty (Penguin Readers: Level 3 S.) (1998) — Author — 25 copies, 1 review
Killshot [2008 film] (2008) — Novel — 20 copies, 1 review
Two Bagger [and] Chickasaw Charlie Hoke (2007) 17 copies, 1 review
Hombre ; Que viene Valdez (1961) 8 copies
Chantaje Mortal (1974) 5 copies, 1 review
The Trespassers (Kindle Single) (2013) 5 copies, 1 review
Médecine apache (2008) 5 copies
Karen Makes Out (2012) 5 copies
High Adventure #29 (1996) 4 copies
Casino (1986) 3 copies
Jugar duro (1987) 3 copies
Los cazarrecompensas (2022) 3 copies
Inconnu 89 (2019) 2 copies
שודדים 1 copy
Han kallades Hombre... 1 copy, 1 review
Justica de Crocodilo (1992) 1 copy
Maximum Bob-20.00 (1900) 1 copy
Tómatelo con calma (2000) 1 copy
The Hard Way 1 copy
Jackie Brown 1 copy, 1 review
Valdez Vem Aí (2004) 1 copy
Duelo Final 1 copy
Maximum Leonard (1993) 1 copy
The Kid 1 copy
Mobsters and Gangsters (2002) 1 copy
Hot Shot 1 copy
Confession (2013) 1 copy, 1 review
Glanc (2008) 1 copy
No title 1 copy
Hombre desconocido 89 (1977) 1 copy
Notebooks 1 copy
סחיטה 1 copy
D'UN COUP, D'UN SEUL (1990) 1 copy
Retour à Saber river (2005) 1 copy
Rukojmí (1994) 1 copy
La loi de la cite (1986) 1 copy

Associated Works

McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Contributor — 1,476 copies, 20 reviews
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Contributor — 456 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contributor — 371 copies, 7 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 206 copies, 2 reviews
Writers on Writing, 2: More Collected Essays from the New York Times (2003) — Contributor — 187 copies, 3 reviews
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Contributor — 186 copies, 6 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 153 copies, 1 review
Dangerous Women (2005) — Contributor — 135 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 1997 (1997) — Contributor — 119 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (1982) — Contributor — 103 copies, 1 review
A New Omnibus of Crime (2005) — Contributor — 97 copies, 2 reviews
Murder for Love (1996) — Contributor — 93 copies
McSweeney's Issue 39 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2011) — Contributor — 85 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 85 copies, 1 review
Pulp Fictions: Hardboiled Stories (1996) — Contributor — 71 copies, 3 reviews
Hombre [1967 film] (1967) — Original Story — 52 copies
Murderers' Row (2001) — Contributor — 37 copies, 1 review
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contributor — 34 copies
Great Tales of the West (1982) — Contributor — 30 copies, 1 review
Last Stand at Saber River [1997 TV Movie] (1997) — Original book — 29 copies
Miami Noir: The Classics (2020) — Contributor — 24 copies, 13 reviews
The Best of the Best American Mystery Stories: The First Ten Years (2014) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
New Trails: Twenty-Three Original Stories (1994) — Contributor — 17 copies
Mr. Majestyk [1974 film] (1974) — Screenplay — 13 copies
The Western Hall of Fame Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Tall T [1957 film] (1957) — Original story — 10 copies
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing (2010) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Leonard, Elmore
Legal name
Leonard Jr., Elmore John
Other names
Leonard, Elmore John, Jr. (birth name)
Birthdate
1925-10-11
Date of death
2013-08-20
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Place of death
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA
Cause of death
stroke complications
Places of residence
Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Bloomfield Village, Michigan, USA
Education
University of Detroit (BA|1950)
Occupations
copywriter
short-story writer
novelist
screenwriter
Relationships
Leonard, Peter A. (son)
Organizations
Chevrolet
Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency
United States Navy (WWII)
Awards and honors
MWA Grand Master (1992)
Cartier Diamond Dagger (2006)
Louisiana Writer Award (2006)
Owen Wister Award (2009)
Michigan Author Award (1996)
F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction (2008) (show all 7)
National Book Award (2012)
Agent
Andrew Wylie (The Wylie Agency)
Short biography
Elmore John Leonard Jr. (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013) was an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana; the family moved frequently for several years. In 1934, the family settled in Detroit.

He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943 and joined the Navy. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy. A year before he graduated, he got a job as a copy writer with Campbell-Ewald Advertising Agency, a position he kept for several years, writing on the side.

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Reviews

Very entertaining and quick read. The TV show certainly has caught the tone of these characters perfectly.
 
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SteveCarl | 59 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
Great tale by the immortal Elmore Leonard
 
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Rostie | 21 other reviews | Jun 21, 2024 |
In progress...

I'm not sure when these short stories first were published, but I think the 1950s. Some of the words would be considered objectionable today: "greasers" (for Mexicans), "bucks" (for Indians), but probably reflect authentic language usage and attitudes. The actual writing is pretty good--I was honestly surprised at the quality of the prose.

Apache Medicine: Army scout Kleecan encounters bandits who stole a military payroll, and leads them into a trap. A good story, tightly written, with an unexpected ending. 3.5 stars

Red Hell Hits Canyon Diablo: an army detachment challenges an Apache war band to a drinking contest. 3.5 stars

The Last Shot: a Confederate soldier/spy fires the last shot of the Civil War in an assassination attempt. 2 stars

Blood Money: a group of outlaws, cornered by a posse, gambles with high stakes. 3.5 stars

Saint with a Six-Gun: a young deputy makes a bad decision, but it turns out all right in the end. 3 stars

Man with the Iron Arm: a bully gets his comeuppance in the most satisfying way. 4 stars

The Longest Day of His Life: the best story in the batch, a man minding his own business runs afoul of some outlaws, and has to take a stand. This one feels authentic, without the usual hero tropes. In fact, none of these stories is the usual Western fare. Each feels unexpected, but also inevitable.
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½
 
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TheGalaxyGirl | Jun 18, 2024 |
Meandering through the storylines, seems to be writing to the show, not the other way around
½
 
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jimifenway | 59 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |

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Rating
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