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Leonard, Elmore

(John Elmore Leonard), 1925–2013, American novelist, b. New Orleans, grad. Univ. of Detroit (1950). "Dutch" Leonard began publishing Western tales in the early 1950s, the best known of which is the short novel Hombre (1961; film, 1967). His first crime novel, The Big Bounce, was published in 1969 (films, 1969 and 2004); thereafter, he contributed numerous novels and short stories to the genre, writing about a book a year. Leonard developed a gritty realism in style and setting (often Detroit), a hard-boiled and tough-talking cast of outsider characters, a deadpan humor, and a crisp, clean prose that made him one of America's top crime writers. Many of his novels became films, sometimes with his own screenplays. Among the most popular of his many books are Fifty-two Pickup (1974; film, 1984 and 1986), Stick (1983; film, 1985), LaBrava (1983), Glitz (1985), Freaky Deaky (1988; film, 2012), Get Shorty (1990; film, 1995), Maximum Bob (1990; television series, 1998), Rum Punch (1992), Out of Sight (1996; film, 1998), Cuba Libre (1998), Be Cool (1999; film, 2005), Tishomingo Blues (2002), Mr. Paradise (2004), The Hot Kid (2005), Road Dogs (2009), Djibouti (2010), and Raylan (2012), his 45th and last novel.


See biographies by D. Geherin (1989), J. E. Devlin (1999), and P. C. Challen (2000); C. J. Rzepka, Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard (2013); M. Dibb and R. Horsley, Elmore Leonard's Criminal Records (documentary, 1991).

Leonard, Elmore (John, Jr.)

(1925–  ) writer; born in New Orleans. He studied at the University of Detroit (Ph.B. 1950). He was a copywriter in Detroit (1950–61), and a writer of educational and industrial films (1961–63). He founded the Elmore Advertising Company (1963–66) before turning to writing full-time. He began by writing Western novels, then concentrated on hard-boiled crime novels, such as Glitz (1985). He lived in Birmingham, Mich.
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The film is based on the novel 'Switch' by the late Elmore Leonard and serves as a prequel to 'Jackie Brown' - adapted by Quentin Tarantino in 1997, Us magazine reported.
DETROIT -- Elmore Leonard, the beloved crime novelist whose acclaimed best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug and conman, has died.
AUTHOR Elmore Leonard, a former adman who later became one of America's foremost crime writers, has died aged 87.