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Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier — elevating a popular genre with his now-trademark twisting plots, rich characterizations, and scalpel-sharp dialogue.

No author has ever written more evocatively of the dusty, gutsy heyday of the American West than Elmore Leonard. This complete collection of his thirty-one Western tales will thrill lovers of the genre, his die-hard fans, and everyone in between. From his very first story ever published — "The Trail of the Apache" — through five decades of classic Western tales, The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard demonstrates the superb talent for language and gripping narrative that has made Leonard one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of our time.


“Even the earliest of his western yarns show Leonard to be a master storyteller.” Los Angeles Times


“Leonard has penned some of the best western fiction ever.” USA Today

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Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Be Cool. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, the short story "Fire in the Hole," and Raylan. Leonard is the recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

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lukas, June 19, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) is best known for his many crime novel, which took the hardboiled conventions of his predecessors (Chandler, Cain, Hammett) and added sardonic humor, sharp dialogue, and a lot of criminals who aren't as smart as they think they are. He pretty much created the template for the 90s crime/noir films, which often mixed violence, humor, and colorful characters. When he started out though, he wrote Western stories. A bunch of them, which are collected for the first time in this volume. Most are set in the Southwest and date from the 50s and if they're not as accomplished as his later work, there's the same tight plotting, crisp dialogue, and laconic characters. The most famous is "Three-Ten to Yuma," which was filmed twice. The Leonard fan will recognize "Only Good Ones" as an earlier version of his novel "Valdez is Coming." What's sometimes overlooked in Leonard's work is that he was concerned about injustice racism (although he's never preachy), which comes through in later stories like "The Tonto Woman" and the excellent "Hurray for Captain Early!" A must for the Leonard fan in your life
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brett.labes, July 30, 2013 (view all comments by brett.labes)
Wow, talk about a dream collection! Elmore Leonard wrote some of the best western stories of the 1950's and 1960's and here they are in one collection. He's the kind of writer who can describe someone with just a few keys words and they spring to life. These are stories of tough men (and a not a few women) in tough times. Don't expect stories to end the way you think they might, this is Elmore Leonard after all, but it's always worth the ride to find out. A great book to read on the train or bus on your commute. The stories really take you away.
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Leonard, Elmore
Harper Paperbacks
by Elmore Leonard
Westerns - Anthologies
General Fiction
Westerns - General
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