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    I stayed up finishing my copy of Rum Punch all night when I first got it. Definitely read lots of his works including his Westerns (Valdez is Coming is my favorite Western of his).

    A few years ago, one of my young cousins was reading one of his Young Adult books.

    RIP Mr Leonard, thank you for taking us to the world of criminals without having to be one.
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    A Coyote's in the House is the YA novel I was talking about. I started to read part of it when my cousin showed me what he was reading. It's obviously aimed for kids, but did have the sly prose you'd expect from Leonard.

    I heard he was a huge music fan and it shows, his dialogue is lyrical.
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    Comic Industry Reacts To The Passing Of Elmore Leonard - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

    These were his basic 10 rules:

    Never open a book with weather.

    Avoid prologues.

    Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.

    Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.

    Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.

    Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”

    Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.

    Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.

    Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.

    Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

    My most important rule is one that sums up the 10. If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

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