Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but he went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are 'Get Shorty', 'Out of Sight', 'Hombre', 'Mr. Majestyk', and 'Rum Punch', which was adapted into the Quentin Tarantino film 'Jackie Brown'. His writing style was characterized by crisp dialogue, lean prose, and a strong sense of place. Leonard's work has influenced a generation of crime writers.


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  1. 1. Get Shorty

    A Miami loan shark travels to Los Angeles to collect a debt from a low-budget movie producer, only to get entangled in the Hollywood scene. Through a series of events, he ends up pitching a movie idea based on his own life as a mobster. This comedic crime novel explores the similarities between the film industry and organized crime, while offering a satirical look at the behind-the-scenes workings of Hollywood.

    The 1103rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. LaBrava

    A former Secret Service agent turned photographer, Joe LaBrava, becomes entangled in a plot involving a faded movie star, Jean Shaw, whom he idolized in his youth. The story is set in Miami, where LaBrava is drawn into a scheme by Shaw and her lover to scam a mobster out of a large sum of money. As LaBrava gets deeper into the plot, he must use his old skills to navigate the dangerous underworld and protect Shaw, while also dealing with his feelings for her.

    The 2119th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. 52 Pick Up

    In this gripping crime novel, a man's life spirals into chaos when he becomes the target of a blackmail scheme. After his extramarital affair is caught on tape, he refuses to pay the demanded sum, leading to a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the blackmailers. As he attempts to outmaneuver his adversaries and protect his family, the story delves into the dark underbelly of crime, revealing the lengths to which people will go for money and revenge. With its fast-paced narrative and complex characters, the novel explores themes of morality, desperation, and the consequences of one's choices.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Stick

    The book is a crime novel that follows the story of Ernest "Stick" Stickley, Jr., an ex-con who, after being released from prison, tries to leave his criminal past behind and make a legitimate living in Florida. However, Stick quickly finds himself entangled in the seedy underworld of drug dealers, con artists, and hit men. As he navigates this dangerous terrain, Stick must use his wits and street smarts to outmaneuver those who want him dead, while also attempting to reconcile with his estranged daughter and build a better future. The novel is known for its sharp dialogue, dark humor, and vivid portrayal of the Miami crime scene.

    The 5300th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Killshot

    A married couple enters the Witness Protection Program after accidentally witnessing a crime committed by a hitman and a dangerous criminal. The couple struggles to adapt to their new identities and lifestyle, while the two criminals ruthlessly hunt them down. The story is a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game, with the couple constantly trying to outsmart and escape their pursuers.

    The 6992nd Greatest Book of All Time