First edition (publ. Delacorte Press)
First edition (publ. Delacorte Press)

Out of Sight is a 1996[1] crime fiction novel by Elmore Leonard.[2]


Jack Foley, a "gentleman bank robber," arranges a break-out from a Florida jail. The plan is interrupted by shotgun toting Federal Marshal Karen Sisco. The pair end up in the trunk of the getaway car, where they find they have a mutual interest: classic Hollywood movies.[3]

Movie adaptation

The novel was adapted to a 1998 movie of the same name directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney as Foley and Jennifer Lopez as Sisco. In 2003-04, an ABC-TV series followed, Karen Sisco, starring Carla Gugino as Sisco.[3]

Foley's character returned in Leonard's 2009 novel, Road Dogs.[4]


  1. ^ Ed McBain (24 August 1996). "A Love Story (With True Grit): Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Elmore Leonard, author of Get Shorty and Out of Sight, dies". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b Christopher Orr (22 December 2013). "The Elmore Leonard Paradox". The Atlantic. Atlantic Media. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  4. ^ Ramona Koval (24 September 2009). "In conversation with Elmore Leonard". The Book Show. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 May 2014.