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Fifty-Two Pickup
Unknown Man No. 89
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Cat Chaser
Freaky Deaky
Get Shorty
Maximum Bob
Rum Punch
Riding the Rap
Out of Sight
Cuba Libre
Be Cool
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Tishomingo Blues
Mr. Paradise
A Coyote’s in the House
The Hot Kid
Comfort to the Enemy
Up in Honey’s Room
Road Dogs


The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories
When the Women Come Out to Dance
Trail of the Apache
Apache Medicine
You Never See Apaches…
Red Hell Hits Canyon Diablo
The Colonel’s Lady
Law of the Hunted One
Cavalry Boots
Under the Friar’s Ledge
The Rustlers
Three Ten to Yuma
The Big Hunt
Long Night
The Boy Who Smiled
The Hard Way
The Last Shot
Blood Money
Trouble at Rindo’s Station
Saint with a Six-Gun
The Captives
No Man’s Guns
The Rancher’s Lady
Moment of Vengeance
Man with the Iron Arm
The Longest Day of his Life
The Nagual
The Kid
The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing
The Bull Ring at Blisston
Only Good Ones
The Tonto Woman
Hurrah for Captain Early
Karen Makes Out
The Odyssey
Hanging Out at the Buena Vista
Fire in the Hole
Chickasaw Charlie Hoke
When the Women Come Out to Dance
Showdown at Checotah
Louly and Pretty Boy
Chick Killer (2011)
Ice Man

Film and TV

Moment of Vengeance
3:10 to Yuma
The Tall T
The Big Bounce (I)
The Moonshine War
Valdez is Coming
Joe Kidd
Mr. Majestyk
High Noon, Part II
52 Pickup
The Rosary Murders
Glitz (TV)
Cat Chaser
Border Shootout
Split Images
Get Shorty
Last Stand at Saber River
Elmore Leonard’s Gold Coast (TV)
Jackie Brown
Maximum Bob
Out of Sight
Karen Sisco
The Big Bounce (II)
Be Cool (2005)
The Ambassador
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Killshot (2009)
Freaky Deaky
The Tonto Woman
Life of Crime

Killshot on TV?

It’s been in the press this past week that Harvey Weinstein has a deal with Showtime to deliver 96 films in the next 7 years.  If true, everybody wants to know:  Does that include Killshot? Nobody’s talking.  Weinstein Company has been silent about its plans for Killshot. 

Are they still planning a theatrical release?  We certainly hope so.  To do otherwise would be an insult to a lot of fine people who brought Elmore’s classic to the screen.


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Out of Sight In Plain Sight


They rip off Elmore and his Karen Sisco TV series then the reviewer compares the writing to his.  Pretty thorough screwing, don’t you think?

In Plain Sight is in the hard-boiled tradition (if not yet the league) of writers like Elmore Leonard and Ross Thomas for whom hard-boiled means speaking the distinctly American tongue of smart-ass. McCormack speaks it fluently. The show is unimaginable without her. Even when the plotting goes blooey (some of these hiding witnesses lead awfully visible lives), McCormack sets the tone, carrying the whole thing on her weary, slightly hunched shoulders. Her performance is an essay in the exasperation of a smart, wised-up person who has to put up with the world’s bullshit. I don’t think I’ve loved her more than when she explained her refusal to tip a barista. “They pour coffee! It’s not like they’re waiters.” Do your job and shut up.



Elmore, Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen on Charlie Rose Promoting “Manatee”

Part One

Part Two



Elmore’s Chapter in Compilation Novel


Naked Came the Manatee (1997) is not a novel, it’s more like 13 short stories.  It was originally published in 13 installments in the Miami Herald’s Tropic magazine

Elmore wrote the penultimate chapter: Odyssey which focuses on fatality cleanup amd only minimally deals with the actual story line.  He left the writer of the last chapter, Carl Hiassen, with two, fresh, dead bodies.  There’s a running joke that Elmore did not read the 11 chapters that proceeded his.

Here’s the description of Naked Came the Manatee from Amazon:

Dave Barry starts the madness in Naked Came the Manatee, introducing a 102-year-old environmentalist named Coconut Grove and a manatee saddled with one of Barry’s favorite monikers, Booger. Carl Hiaasen closes down the party, and in between, 11 of Florida’s literati, including Elmore Leonard, John Dufresne, and Edna Buchanan, make twisted offerings to the affair: three severed heads, all bearing a remarkable resemblance to Fidel Castro; four murders; some sex; some espionage; even an appearance by Jimmy Carter and one by Castro himself.

...Naked Came the Manatee resembles a literary game of telephone, with each writer contributing a chapter and passing it on to the next, who then makes the most of what he or she is given. The result is a novel with wildly fluctuating styles and more crazy plot curves than a daytime drama, but thanks to these 13 masters of the craft this roller coaster of a book is almost as much fun to read as it obviously was to write.



Swag and Moonshine War Finally Back in Print?



Not yet, but soon probably for Swag, then The Moonshine War a little later on.  Here are the last paperbacks of both books, from the mid to late Nineties.



Einaudi Publishes Complete Westerns in Italy


Elmore’s Italian publisher has come out with a translation of The Complete Westerns, Tutti i racconti Western.

“Thirty stories written almost all within a decade, set in Arizona and New Mexico between 1870 and 1890, able to evoke the eternal myth of the frontier…”

Here are some more Einaudi covers.  Do you like them better than the French or British?


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Killshot Vanishes from Weinstein Company Website

Go to the official site of The Weinstein Company and see if you can find any reference to Killshot

In case you’re busy, I’ll make it easy for you.

Is it in the “Film Index?”  No
How about, “Coming Soon?”  No
Is it “Playing Now?” No
Is it “Now on DVD?”  No

Maybe there’s a secret easter egg button I failed to find for “Disappeared Films.”

I see that TWC does have a film called “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?”  I found that one.

Where in the world is Killshot?


If They Like You in Poughkeepsie…

Don’t ask for a second opinion.

Poughkeepsie Journal (New York)

Spice up your summer with fast-paced thrillers

As we approach Fourth of July weekend, it’s time to turn our attention to barbecues, beaches and books. It’s time for my 10th annual Summer Reading Recommendations from the Dutchess County courthouse.

Here are a few I’ve enjoyed over the past 12 months that I’d recommend you bring to the beach this summer:

* “Up in Honey’s Room” by Elmore Leonard. This country’s best living fiction writer is 83 and hasn’t lost anything off his fastball. This one is about a bumbling German spy ring in Detroit during World War II, and Leonard reprises a character, U.S. Marshal Car Webster, from one of his earlier novels. The pacing is fast. The dialogue is dead-on. This is vintage Leonard.

Larry Hertz covers the criminal justice system and social issues. Reach him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 845-437-4824.




Elmore Discusses the Film Adapation of Killshot


Left to right: Joe Gordon-Levitt, Elmore, Mickey Rourke, John Madden and Caleb Deschanel in Toronto during the filming of Killshot in the fall of 2005.

I wrote this press release over a year ago in anticipation of the release of Killshot in the fall.  Never happen.  Thought you might like to read what Elmore thought of Killshot then and now. - Gregg

LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2007.  Last month, director John Madden brought a copy of Killshot to Detroit to show Elmore Leonard.  A rare visit to the Killshot set in Toronto, had given Leonard an early inkling of good things to come, but now the adaptation of his classic suspense novel was nearing completion and Madden was eager to show it to the author, whose work he had so painstakingly brought to the screen.

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