Ranking the Best Elmore Leonard Novels

Elmore Leonard is one of my writing heroes. He is a major influence on my own novels. The man’s prolificity makes it a challenge to tackle his entire catalog–he wrote 45 novels over a 60-year writing career. He published almost a novel a year for six decades. In some years he even published two books.

I have been working my way through the list of Elmore Leonard novels. Here is a rank of my favorites. As I read more of his catalog, I will slot them into the list accordingly.

  1. Rum Punch
  2. Swag
  3. The Big Bounce
  4. The Switch
  5. Get Shorty
  6. Killshot
  7. Stick
  8. LaBrava
  9. Glitz
  10. Fifty-Two Pickup
  11. Out of Sight
  12. Maximum Bob
  13. Mr. Paradise
  14. Cat Chaser
  15. Road Dogs
  16. Tishomingo Blues
  17. Mr. Majestyk
  18. Be Cool
  19. Freaky Deaky
  20. Bandits
  21. Pagan Babies


Updated July 8, 2023.





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