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The Best Elmore Leonard Books of All Time

Updated March 3, 2019 450 votes 95 voters 6.7k views33 items

List RulesVote for the Elmore Leonard novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Elmore Leonard books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. Early in his career Leonard primarily wrote Westerns, but eventually he moved onto writing suspense thrillers and crime fiction novels. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Elmore Leonard is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Elmore Leonard who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader. Elmore Leonard died on August 20th, 2013, after suffering a stoke.

This list includes LaBrava, Get Shorty and more. What are Elmore Leonard's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    4

    Out of Sight

    Elmore Leonard

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Mystery fiction

    More Out of Sight 

    #1027 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#245 of 373 The Best Movies Based On Books

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    29
    11

    Get Shorty

    Elmore Leonard

    SubjectsLiterary, Film

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction

  • 3
    23
    4

    Swag

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1976

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    21
    4

    The Moonshine War

    Elmore Leonard

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery

  • 5
    20
    3

    Pronto

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1993

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    19
    3

    Killshot

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1989-03

    SubjectsSuspense, Great Lakes, Michigan, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    16
    1

    Cat chaser

    Elmore Leonard

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

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    14
    3
  • 9
    14
    3

    LaBrava

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1983

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    14
    4

    Riding the Rap

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1995

    SubjectsLiterary, Florida

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    10
    0

    Pagan Babies

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published2000

    SubjectsDeception

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    13
    4

    Cuba Libre

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1998

    SubjectsLiterary, Bank robbery, Cuba, History

    Genres (Book)Fiction

  • 14
    11
    2

    The Hot Kid

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published2005-05-10

    SubjectsPolice, Oklahoma

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    10
    1

    Mr. Majestyk

    Elmore Leonard

    SubjectsArizona

  • 16
    6
    0

    Gunsights

    Elmore Leonard
  • 17
    11
    2

    The Hunted

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1977

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    6
    0

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Western, Fiction

  • 19
    8
    0

    Gold Coast

    Elmore Leonard

    SubjectsLiterary, Espionage

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

  • 20
    9
    1

    City Primaval

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1980

    SubjectsPolice procedural

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21
    4
    4

    First Published2004-05-25

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    9
    2

    Forty Lashes Less One

    Elmore Leonard

    Genres (Book)Western, Fiction

  • 23
    0
    0

    Naked Came the Manatee

    Carl Hiaasen, Tananarive Due

    First Published1996

    Genres (Book)Satire, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    8
    2

    The bounty hunters

    Elmore Leonard

    SubjectsArizona, Mexico

  • 25
    7
    2

    Glitz

    Elmore Leonard

    First Published1985

    Original LanguageEnglish Language