After 30 years writing westerns and crime novels, Elmore Leonard finally started to get somewhere. "Author Discovered After 23 Books," The New York Times said in 1983, referring to his Edgar Award-winning novel LaBrava. Since then, Leonard's tack-sharp dialogue and comic underworld characters have been drawing accolades and an ever growing base of fans.
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Also Known As:
Elmore John Leonard Jr.
Bloomfield Village, Michigan
Date of Birth:
October 11, 1925
Place of Birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana
B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950
From Mystery Writers of America: Edgar Award for LaBrava, 1984; Grand Master award, 1992
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|Leonard's Latest||Selected Crime Novels|
|Up in Honey's Room|
From our editors: "Walter Schoen isn't just a Heinrich Himmler lookalike; this Detroit butcher is a dedicated Nazi spy who, when not busy slicing sausage, is avidly assembling Allied production data for his friends in Berlin. Tired of his covert shenanigans, his wife, Helen, divorces him. Looking for a good time, if not more, she lands in the lap of Carl Webster, the 'Hot Kid' of the U.S. Marshals Service. At the moment though, the only couplings that interest Webster are the handcuffs that he'd like to snap onto the wrists of Hitler's American helpers."
Fifty-Two Pickup (1974)|
Freaky Deaky (1988)
Rum Punch (1992)
Pagan Babies (2000)
When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories (2002)
Mr. Paradise (2004)
The Hot Kid (2005)
Elmore Leonard chronology
|For the Younger Set||The Best Book to Read First|
|A Coyote's in the House|
Leonard takes his witty, wild style on an adventure for the younger set in this happening, humorous tale about a curious coyote who wants to run with the big dogs.
Elmore is best known for his nearly 30 crime novels. Try the humorous, late-career Get Shorty (1990) -- made into a movie of the same name starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, and Danny DeVito in 1995.
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