First edition (publ. William Morrow)

Tishomingo Blues is a 2002 novel by Elmore Leonard, set in Mississippi, about two fledgling allies, the local Dixie Mafia, and a high-stakes Civil War re-enactment.

Leonard says that Tishomingo Blues is, of the books he has written, his favorite.[1]

FilmFour planned to make a movie adaptation of the novel, with actor Don Cheadle directing (and possibly starring),[2] but in 2007 Cheadle described the project as "dead".[3]

The title comes from the famous Spencer Williams song "Tishomingo Blues" (1917).[citation needed]


  1. ^ "FAQ : what is your favorite book?". Elmore Leonard's website.
  2. ^ Michael Fleming (February 18, 2002). "Cheadle chooses 'Blues'". Variety.
  3. ^ Edward Douglas (July 6, 2007). "Don Cheadle Talks to Us". Comingsoon.