Wednesday, August 21, 2013

“Get Shorty” Author, Elmore Leonard, Dies at 87

by Leroy Douresseaux

American crime writer Elmore Leonard died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the age of 87.  Known as “the Dickens of Detroit,” Leonard was the bestselling author of 45 novels and numerous short stories.  Leonard’s pared-down writing style featured snappy dialogue and black humor.  Many of his novels were turned into films.

The 1990 novel, Get Shorty, was turned into the 1995 film starring John Travolta, and the 1992 novel, Rum Punch, became Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film, Jackie Brown.  Leonards’s short story, “Three-Ten to Yuma,” became the classic Western film, 3:10 to Yuma, in 1957, which was remade in 2007.  Leonard’s fiction was also the basis for a few television series, including the FX cable series, “Justified,” which is based on two novels, Pronto (1993) and Riding the Rap (1995), and a short story.

I read only two of Leonard’s novels, Get Shorty and Rum Punch, but I have enjoyed many of the films and television series adapted from his fiction.  Negromancer offers Mr. Leonard’s family our condolences.  R.I.P., Mr. Leonard.

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