Books in Order
Name: Elmore John Leonard
Born: 11 October, 1925
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
First book: The Bounty Hunters
Previous employment: sailor US Navy
Fun fact #1: Elmore lived to such a ripe old age that he had five great-grandchildren.
Fun fact #2: though known for his gritty crime fiction, his first successes came with western short stories.
Awards (not an exhaustive list):
- Edgar Award
- the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement Award
- Peabody Award
Elmore Leonard Book List & Suggested Book Order
Elmore Leonard Interview
Elmore talks about his early life and the importance of creating realistic and interesting characters – and how he does that. Plus, he talks about his process and how he is still developing it, even after dozens of books.
Elmore Leonard Biography
Elmore Leonard was born on the 11th of October in 1925, which was a Sunday. For those readers interested in all things astrological, that makes him a Libra, which is one of the Air signs.
Elmore was born in New Orleans, a city home to around 1.5 million people on the great Mississippi River, and is in Louisiana, which is one of the states in the south of the United States of America.
Born to mother Flora Amelia and father Elmore, Snr., little Elmore had a varied upbringing with regard to location because his father worked for General Motors as a site locator, so over a period of around 10 years, he had homes in New Orleans, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Memphis, Tennessee. That’s a lot of moving for a little kid. Finally, in 1934, the family settled down in Detroit, Michigan, which has a metro area population of 4.3 million people and is, of course, the home of General Motors. Apart from his mother and father, Elmore had an older sister called Margaret.
Elmore attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, from which he graduated in 1943. He had aspirations to be a US Marine, but unfortunately, his dreams were dashed because…
To continue reading, get the full 1000-word biography in Elmore Leonard Books In Order.
If you love Elmore Leonard’s books you need the most comprehensive book list available, which includes a check list, alternative titles, page counts, movie adaptations, co-authors, star ratings, and a host of other features, plus:
- Raylan Givens series in order
- Chili Palmer books in order
- Carl Webster books in order
- Jack Foley, Ryan, children's books… everything
- a complete list of short stories, standalone novels & nonfiction
Why Read the Elmore Leonard Raylan Givens Books in Order?
Born just a few years after World War I, Get Shorty author Elmore Leonard is known for his sharp characters and even sharper dialogue - maybe something to do with him being an old sea dog! Synonymous with gritty crime fiction, he also gave us characters with amazingly cool names - who could ever forget Chili Palmer from Get Shorty? (He also gave us Raylan Givens, the hero marshal from the hit TV series Justified.)
This Elmore Leonard book list not only gives all the Elmore Leonard books in chronological order, but lets you see the characters develop and witness events at the correct time, just as Elmore intended.
So, if ever you've wondered about the Elmore Leonard Justified books, everything you need is listed under the Raylan Givens series.